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Re: how make function of solution by NDSolve depending on parameter?

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  • Subject: [mg75164] Re: how make function of solution by NDSolve depending on parameter?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 04:29:29 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <f014kb$94o$> <>
  • Reply-to: murray at

This response nicely explains the difficulty.

I thank all respondents to my query. Your replies have been most helpful.

dh wrote:
> Hi Murray,
> NMinimize does not have the attribute HoldFirst. Therefore, the argument 
> is evaluated before beeing fed to NMinimize. But at this time k does not 
> have a value. Therefore, put the first argument into a function that is 
> evaluated only for numerical values. E.g.:
> soln[k_]:=NDSolve[{y'[t]==(k y[t]+Exp[-t])/(1+y[t]),y[0]==1}, 
> y[t],{t,0,1}];
> fun[k_/;NumberQ[k]]:=y[t]/.soln[k][[1,1]]/.t->0.5;
> NMinimize[fun[k],{k,0.1,1}]
> hope this helps, Daniel
> Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> I have an initial-value problem that depends upon a parameter k.  I 
>> want to feed the result from NDSolve for it into a function of k and 
>> then operate upon that function, say to find a minimum with respect to k.
>> As a toy example:
>>    soln[k_]:=NDSolve[{y'[t] ==(k y[t]+Exp[-t])/(1+y[t]),
>>                y[0]==1},y[t],{t,0,1}]
>> I want to do something like this:
>>    NMinimize[Evaluate[y[t] /. soln[k]] /. t -> 0.5, {k, 0.1, 1}]
>> That generates errors about non-numerical values.  Yet I can get a 
>> result from, for example:
>>   Table[Evaluate[y[t] /. soln[k]] /. t -> 0.5, {k, 0, 1}]
>> So how can I create the function of k I want to feed into NMinimize?  
>> I presume the issue is when NDSolve gets called, but I'm not sure how 
>> to resolve this issue.

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