# Alan Weiss

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I write documentation for MATLAB mathematical toolboxes, primarily optimization. I have also written documentation for PDE, statistics, symbolic math, and econometrics.

My pre-MathWorks job was with Bell Labs, primarily in mathematical models of data traffic, with a strong interest in parallel computation and in rare events (large deviations).

I do not provide private consulting. If you have a question, please ask on a public forum such as MATLAB Answers.

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Linear fitting with 2 variables

I think that the Problem-Based Optimization Workflow would help. Write your optimization variables a, b, and c as you have done,...

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replicating excel solver using optimization linprog

I think that you would probably have an easier time formulating your problem by using the Problem-Based Optimization Workflow. ...

4 days ago | 0

problem using GA to optimize an image processing index in MATLAB?

I suspect that the problem is your objective function takes too long, possibly it does not even finish. I assume that you have ...

4 days ago | 0

Trying to solve Bethe equations - system of non linear equations

You are the unfortunate victim of a naming discrepancy. The fsolve you linked is for Optimization Toolbox, not Symbolic Math sym...

5 days ago | 0

How to use ObjectiveCutOff and ObjectiveImprovementThreshold from optimoptions in solver-based optimization problems

I think that you have a mistaken view of what these options do. Consult the options to see what they really do. I don't think th...

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Error using ofun Too many input arguments.

I cannot reproduce your issue. When I try the following, I do not get an error: x = randn(20,1); r = ofun(x) function f = o...

6 days ago | 0

How to fit a generate polynomial coefficients of with general requirements

I could be wrong, but it sounds to me as if the Problem-Based Optimization Workflow would work well for you. You do not have an ...

6 days ago | 0

How to fit a function to 2D array when some parts of the underlaying function are known?

Well, it depends what you mean by "Z is proportional to c/X and Z is proportional to c2 + c3Y + c4Y^2". You could mean that Z is...

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Relation between population size and function count for genetic algorithm

The answer is that some population members are "elite," and they do not have to be evaluated again. See How the Genetic Algorith...

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Working of PSO with hybrid function

It means the hybrid function runs after particleswarm stops. Ends. Is done. That's what terminates means. In fact, it is equival...

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Minimization and Optimization. Minimize output by optimizing inputs

Sounds like you would be best served with the Problem-Based Optimization Workflow. Declare the variables that can change as opti...

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Unable to perform assignment because the size of the left side is 1-by-14 and the size of the right side is 14-by-14.

The error statement is clear: your assignment (equality) statement has a 1-by-14 vector on the left and a 14-by-14 matrix on the...

11 days ago | 0

fmincon is returning some garbage values in the final output

When I run your script I get the same results as you, so thank you for including all the relevant information. Note that your c...

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(OPTIMIZATION) Initial point is a local minimum - PROBLEM!!

I suggest that you plot the square of the objective function over a reasonable range of the parameter and over a small range suc...

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solve a set of two linear equations

I don't really understand what you are trying to do, but it sounds to me like your best bet is to use the Problem-Based Optimiza...

14 days ago | 0

Solve taking too long, how to optimize code?

Another point of view in case Matt's solution is not satisfactory: work completely in floating point computation rather than sym...

20 days ago | 0

Refreshment of the objective function with FMINCON

I think that you have a mistaken view of what fmincon does. All optimization solvers take a fixed objective function and iterate...

20 days ago | 1

Optimisation: minimise function while maximising a design variable

Perhaps you can change the optimization in a nearly unnoticeable way that would bias solutions to have large values of R, like t...

21 days ago | 2

Problem using fminbnd function

All optimization solvers require that the objective function return a scalar value. You need to write your objective function in...

23 days ago | 0

Augmented Lagrangian and Penalty Methods

Sounds like a homework problem. I suggest that you consult the documentation for passing extra parameters, such as Passing Extr...

23 days ago | 0

Find gradient numerically for the equation

There are tools on the File Exchange that can help you find numerical approximations to derivatives. For example, see Adaptive R...

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optimization problem - problem using det funciton

The main problem is that det is not a Supported Operations on Optimization Variables and Expressions. For example, x = optimvar...

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How to optimize nonlinear multiple input model with multiple constraints

I doubt that you want a symbolic solution. You probably want numbers. So I suggest that you use the Problem-Based Optimization W...

27 days ago | 0

can i use different solvers for problem based optimisation in matlab

You CAN use different solvers. The question is, SHOULD you? In other questions you have shown that you are trying to solve an MI...

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Optimizing 1 equation with 7 variables

I think that you would have an easier time formulating your problem by using the problem-based approach. However, if you really...

27 days ago | 0

Matlab optimprob _Problem based _how can i see the optimal parameter setting while using optimprob

You can set a plot function in the options for your solver. To see which solver is being used, call optimoptions: options = opt...

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How to find fixed number of variables with value 1 using Genetic Algorithm with population type Bitstring ?

If I understand you correctly (and I might not have understood), you want to impose a linear constraint on the population x sum...

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Find best input combinations that will maximize the output of a non-linear ODE mathematical model

Add the parameters to optimize as a vector in your ODE calculation: function rest = Scrpt1(t,X,params) x2 = X(1); x3 = X(2);...

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How to use simulated annealing to optimize a simulation based, multicriteria Problem?

Your question confuses me because you talk about having a multiobjective problem but then seem to want to use simulannealbnd to ...

1 month ago | 0

parallel computing in Genetic algorithm

You have to be careful using parallel computing. Are you using Simuulink® for the simulation? I am not sure that it can run in p...

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