Question on two-stage optimization of polynomials: how to draw a response function?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg122792] Question on two-stage optimization of polynomials: how to draw a response function?*From*: lao kn <laoknn at gmail.com>*Date*: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 06:55:59 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com

I need to solve an optimization problem. Please offer your insights. Suppose there are two functions (my case is more complicated than this example). f(x,y)=x-y, 0<x<1, 0<y<1 g(x,y)=x*y, 0<x<1, 0<y<1 The goal is to get the maximum values for f(x,y) and g(x,y). However, it is not simultaneous, but sequential. In the first stage, only x can be chosen to maximize f(x,y); in the second stage only y can be chosen to maximize g(x,y). To solve this problem, I should start from the second stage, say, let x varies from 0 to 1, and get each y that maximizes g(x,y). or in another word, derive the best response function y*=v(x). Then I can put the response function back to f(x,y) and solve for the x that maximizes f(x,y). An easy way is to get the reponse function is to differentiate g(x,y) respect to y, and the set it to zero: df/dy=0, and the response function is at hand. However, my case is too complex to get the differentiation. Therefore I need to solve the problem numerically. Therefore, what I want is a function or a curve that can let x varies from 0 to 1 and see the best response value of y. Even if I can not get a response function, I hope I can get a response curve drawn by Mathematica. Can someone help me out this trouble? Many thanks

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Question on two-stage optimization of polynomials:***From:*Daniel Lichtblau <danl@wolfram.com>