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FindMinimum for several variables - typo in last posting

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  • Subject: [mg20838] FindMinimum for several variables - typo in last posting
  • From: hanssen at
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 03:40:54 -0500 (EST)
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Hi, MathGroup,

FindMinimum[f, {x,x0},{y,y0}, ( ] searches for a local minimum in a function 
of several variables,  x0, y0,... are the starting values for the search.

How can I use FindMinimum without having to name the components. My f  is already of the 
form f[x_List] and I would like to start the search on a given starting vector. The result,
which one would normally obtain as

{x,y} /.  FindMinimum[f, {x,x0},{y,y0}, ( ][[2]] should be returned
as a vector.   (there was a typo in my last posting, sorry)

The application is, when I have several minimizing problems with different number
of parameters. I have found a way to construct names for the variables
from strings using ToExpression, but I am looking for a more elegant
solution for this problem.

kind regards

Dipl.-Math. Adalbert Hanszen

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