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Desperate due to NMinimize

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  • Subject: [mg114637] Desperate due to NMinimize
  • From: toxic topas <toxictopas at googlemail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 01:53:57 -0500 (EST)

I am working with Mathematica 7. I want to use NMinimize to find the
minimum of a function that is calculated by an external program. It is
called by Run with some arguments and it writes the result into a
file. I then use Import to read the value. Such a situation can be
mimicked by:

dd[x_]:=(Export["test.dat",x^2];Import["test.dat"])[[1, 1]]
NMinimize[dd[x],x]

If you give the function dd a value it returns the result correctly
(and writes a file). But NMinimize does not specify a value for x but
tries to evaluate the expression generally for a global x. I tried
everything that I could possibly think of using HoldAll, Unevaluated,
With[{x=x},], ... Nothing worked.

Is there anybody that can help me?


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