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Re: optimization nested in root-finding

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  • Subject: [mg64995] Re: optimization nested in root-finding
  • From: dh <dh at>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 05:15:30 -0500 (EST)
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Version= 5.1 for Microsoft Windows (October 25, 2004)

Hello Neely,
put a print statement Print[x] into function f2. You will see, that f2 
is called with a non numerical argument x.
You may prevent this by declaring:

HOWEVER, this is strange because FindRoot has the attribute "HoldAll" 
and should therefore replace the symbol x by a numerical value before 
calling f2.
It looks like a bug to me.


E. Neely Atkinson wrote:
> I want to find some zeros of a function f(x). The evaluation of
> f in turn requires finding a minimum. For a simple example.
> obj2[x_, y_] := (x - 2)^2 + (y - 3)^2
> f2[x_] :=  
>  Module[
>     {y},    
>     FindMinimum[obj2[x, y], {y, 0}][[1]]
>     ]
> Thus, f2[x] is the minimum value obj[x,y] can take for a
> given fixed x.
> Now, I can plot f2[x] and all is well. However, when
> I try to solve f2[x]==5, I have trouble.
> FindRoot[f2[x] == 5, {x, 1, 1.01}]
> complains and returns. I am sure I am doing something silly,
> but I am having a slow-brain day and would appreciate any help.
> Neely Atkinson
> Department of Biostatistics and Applied Mathematics
> M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
> eatkinso at

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