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getting ride of 0.i

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  • Subject: [mg120523] getting ride of 0.i
  • From: Eli Fenichel <Eli.Fenichel at>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 06:13:25 -0400 (EDT)
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I am trying to use FindMinimum to minimize the square of a function over many variables (i.e., parameters).  The function itself has the potential to generate imaginary numbers and involves numerical integration (the parameter values that minimize the function are real).  For clarification the function in evaluated at multiple points so it can be written as vector. By squaring the vector the numerical values of the elements are always real with no imaginary parts.  However, Mathematica often writes x + 0.i, where x is a some numerical value, for some of the elements.

Typically, this can be ignored, the Chop command can be used, or it simply does not cause problems.  However, I keep getting an error: [cid:image003.png at 01CC4BBC.E87A0F30]

NIntegrate::nlim: "t = Y[1.] is not a valid limit of integration."

Y is an array with the parameters to be minimized.

However, if evaluate the objective function to be minimized using replacement rules I get
x + 0.i.

Is there a way for me tell Mathematica to always treat 0.i as 0 and drop it?  It seems to be causing problems in the FindMinimum call.


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