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Topic: Unable to generate any initial points with NMaximize (or NMinimize)
Replies: 2   Last Post: Jun 19, 2013 1:19 AM

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 Dana DeLouis Posts: 24 Registered: 11/18/12
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` (5-fm)-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 UTC-4, Meike wrote:

> I often get the error:

>

> 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,

>

> 0.00009600189408524172` (5 - fm) -

>

> 40.451710009005595` b fm > \$MachineEpsilon, fm < 5.`}, {a, b, fm,

>

> c, p}, MaxIterations -> 1000]

>

>

>

> 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. >>

>

>

>

> Clearly there are initial points, for example:

>

>

>

> 0.00009600189408524172` (5 - fm) -

>

> 40.451710009005595` b fm > \$MachineEpsilon /. {b -> 0.0007,

>

> fm -> 0.00003}

>

>

>

> True

>

>

>

> 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.

Date Subject Author
5/23/13 Meike
6/9/13 Dana DeLouis
6/19/13 Meike