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Re: Two successive FindMinimum -> Bug?

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  • Subject: [mg74352] Re: Two successive FindMinimum -> Bug?
  • From: Peter Pein <petsie at>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 02:09:09 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <etik3j$j32$>

Dmitry Garanin schrieb:
> Hi All,
> I am trying to solve a problem that requires application of FindMinimum (or similar rutines two times and it does not work. Here is a simplified example:
> fxt[x_,t_]=(x^2-t)^2  (* Searching for a minimal t for which fxt turns to zero *)
> tminx[x_]:=t/.FindMinimum[fxt[x,t],{t,1}][[2]] (* Finding the minimizing t for a given x *)
> tminabs=FindMinimum[tminx[x],{x,1}]  (* Minimizing this t with respect to x. The result should be tminabs=0 at x=0 *)
> The last command here does not work since, evidently tminx[x] (that is x^2 for us humans) is not treated as a regular function.
> Is there a bug here or I am doing something wrong??
> Help is appreciated.

Hi Dmitry,

either define tmin as a function of numerical arguments:


or (for simple functions fxt)

  t /. ToRules[Reduce[D[fxt[x,t],t] == 0 && D[fxt[x,t], {t,2}] > 0, t]]


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