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Re: Mathematica in conjunction with outside program; NMinimize fails.

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  • Subject: [mg98977] Re: Mathematica in conjunction with outside program; NMinimize fails.
  • From: kamilfirst at
  • Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 06:41:56 -0400 (EDT)
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On Apr 21, 4:11 am, Andreas Pape <ap... at> wrote:
> Hello mathgroup.  I am using Mathematica in conjunction with an  
> outside program (Netlogo is the program.)  In a nutshell, my error is =
> the following: I can call the outside program with a numeric value  
> successfully, and Plot can call the outside program as one would  
> expect.  However, NMinimize calls the outside program with the  
> variable name, not a value, so it fails.  In short, I need to force  
> NMinimize to pass a numeric value to the objective function, not a  
> variable name.
> More details:
> I have the following functions defined in Mathematica:
>         SingleModelRun[ parametervalue_ ] := ....(definition ir=
>                 This function (successfully) runs the out=
side program, setting a  
> parameter equal to "parametervalue" (which is some number when I call  
> the function).  It returns a value from the model.
>         Plot[ SingleModelRun[ x ], {x , 0, 1} ]
>                 Does what you expect: runs SingleModelRun=
 for parameter values 0  
> through 1, and plots the resulting return value each time.
>         NMinimize[ - SingleModelRun[ myvalue ], {myvalue} ]
>                 Does not work.  Returns the following e=
>                 NetLogo`Private`NetLogo::"compilerExcepti=
on" : "Nothing named  
> MYVALUE has been defined"
>         (Note: NetLogo is the name of the outside program.)
> Which means that, oddly, NMinimize passes the *variable name*  
> (myvalue) instead of the *variable value* to the function  
> SingleModelRun; otherwise, there is no way the outside program would  
> be aware of the variable name.
>         Is there a way to force Mathematica to evaluate the funct=
ion with a  
> numeric value, not the variable name?  (I thought that's what "N" in =
> "NMinimize" meant, but apparently not.)
>         In case you were wondering, this fails in an identical wa=
y with:  
> NMaximize, FindMaximum, FindMimimum, etc.
>         Thank you.
>                         Sincerely,
>                         Andreas Duus Pape

Hi,  I am facing the same problem. It complains but it seems it give
answer at the end if you do not abort it.


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