
Re: Unable to generate any initial points with NMaximize (or NMinimize)
Posted:
Jun 9, 2013 4:26 AM


Hello. It appears you don't have a response, so I'll give it a try.
> a > $MachineEpsilon
When you have a constraint such as this, you are saying that a solution of 4.440892*10^16 is not really zero, and a valid solution.
2*$MachineEpsilon//N 4.440892*10^16
For optimization problems, using ">" is usually a problem because of limits. I believe one should use ">=" for constraints.
If 'a was found to be around 0.000001, the program has to retry with a number smaller than this, yet greater than MachineEpsilon. The next try might be at 0.0000001, etc. There's not really a number smaller than MachineEpsilon (at machine precision of course) so what is the software to do?
Try using ">="
equ=1/(0.` +(0.012710615354858255` ... etc //FullSimplify;
const={a>=0,b>=0,fm>=0,c>=0,p>=0, fm<=5,0.00009600189408524172` (5fm)40.451710009005595` b fm>=0};
{val,sol}=NMaximize[{equ,const},{a,b,fm,c,p},MaxIterations>1000]
However, I don't believe this problem has a solution as given. :>~
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HTH :>)
Dana DeLouis
Mac & Mathematica 9
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On Thursday, May 23, 2013 3:16:08 AM UTC4, Meike wrote:
> I often get the error:
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> NMaximize::incst: NMaximize was unable to generate any initial points satisfying the inequality constraints
> while there are clearly points satisfying the inequality constraints. For example:
> NMaximize[{1/(0.` + (0.012710615354858255` (0.07879657698200958` +
> a) (0.000046296899009293725` +
> 0.003958158898356454` b) (233.02777267494722` +
> 102.02996575509754` fm))/(a (4.892449413727213`*^6 
> 9.784898827454427`*^7 fm  0.4123000838756304` b fm)) + (
> 0.10155110608580004` (0.0367973376747971` +
> c) (0.5030193912642286` + 16.257272679476753` b +
> 0.0309411917473244` p))/b + (
> 219.22680202984347` (0.03970570642848887` +
> 0.013422101464134875` fm) (0.07972967880969935` +
> 0.14421246041749264` p))/(fm p)), a > $MachineEpsilon,
> b > $MachineEpsilon, fm > $MachineEpsilon, c > $MachineEpsilon,
> p > $MachineEpsilon,
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> 0.00009600189408524172` (5  fm) 
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> 40.451710009005595` b fm > $MachineEpsilon, fm < 5.`}, {a, b, fm,
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> c, p}, MaxIterations > 1000]
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> NMaximize::incst: NMaximize was unable to generate any initial points satisfying the inequality constraints {0.000480009+0.0000960019 fm+40.4517 b fm<0}. The initial region specified may not contain any feasible points. Changing the initial region or specifying explicit initial points may provide a better solution. >>
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> Clearly there are initial points, for example:
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> 0.00009600189408524172` (5  fm) 
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> 40.451710009005595` b fm > $MachineEpsilon /. {b > 0.0007,
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> fm > 0.00003}
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> True
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> Also, if I make a more simple example with the same constraint I do not get the same error. I know I could give initial values myself, but since I'm automatically generating many of the optimizations, I would prefer not to. And I would like to understand why I keep getting this error and if there is any way to solve it.

