# 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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How can i multiply each element of structured array

I'm sorry that you are having these problems, but you must realize that all of them are due to size mismatches in your structure...

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How can i multiply each element of structured array

You need to extract the correct elements from your structures before using them. I am not sure what you mean to have as an objec...

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Optimisation of energy system

Perhaps you will find some inspiration in the example Optimal Dispatch of Power Generators: Problem-Based. Alan Weiss MATLAB m...

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my equation has 3 variables but i want to integrate with respect to only one variable ,so that i can optimize the ramaining two from the resulting equation

This seems like a solution. Of course, I don't know what your real bounds are on d and e, so I just guessed. Notice that I used...

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FMINCON requires all values returned by functions to be of data type double

Generally, in order for us to be able to help you need to report the entire error message that you receive, everything in red. A...

3 days ago | 1

How can I specify a Min LeafSize in a decision tree and also optimize it?

Take a look at the hyperparameter optimization argument of fitctree. You can fit the MinLeafSize parameter. To set the range you...

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How do we define prob=optimproblem for multiple energy storage systems

Most likely, you should use a single problem, but have multiple variables that represent the batteries' charge levels or whateve...

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Why almost the same optimization function gives different results?

I am not 100% sure, but my reading of the fitcecoc documentation shows that 'auto' has this description: 'auto' — Use {'Coding'...

13 days ago | 0

How to Setup Surrogate Optimization with Data input

The error is clear: you have just three variables, so the indices of the integer variables have to be in the range 1 through 3. ...

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fmincon stopped because the size of the current step is less than the value of the step size tolerance and constraints are satisfied to within the value of the constraint tol

I do not understand what your constraints do. They seem to depend on random numbers, and so change every time they are called. T...

16 days ago | 1

How to use fmincon for multivariable optimisation of a cost function with different levels of sensitivity to different variables?

Usually you should not use DiffMinChange. The more recent version of the option is FiniteDifferenceStepSize. That option accepts...

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Auto differentiation vs finite differences in optimization toolbox

Yes, finite differences can be faster than AD. Typically, this occurs in situations like yours where the function or functions a...

18 days ago | 0

How optimize multiple responses of dataset ?

I think that you probably want to fit a function to the data, where the function represents the response. Obviously your data do...

20 days ago | 0

How to use fmincon as fminbd with two different variables

I think that you need to understand that fmincon minimizes a function of a single argument, usually called x. The x argument can...

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Maximum Diversified Porfolio (MDP) fmincon optimization problem doesn't work

You say that x is 12-by-1, yet you write x0 as 1-by-12. That could be the problem. Try x0 = zeros(n_asset,1); % Now x0 is 12-by...

21 days ago | 0

How to prevent fmincon from immediately going to the lower bound of time in a minimum time problem?

I am not sure that I understand exactly what is happening. But it sounds to me as if the nonlinear constraints are not being sat...

21 days ago | 0

how to make nelder mead trajectory gif on matlab

This example might help. Make sure you click the "Open in MATLAB" button to be able to access all the code. Alan Weiss MATLAB ...

24 days ago | 0

How to do optimization?

I am not 100% sure that I understand you, because you have two different definitions of Fr, namely Fr = 0.5: 0.1: 0.9; Fr = m*...

27 days ago | 0

How to follow the progress of fminunc

See the Plot Functions topic. Alan Weiss MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation

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Way to overcome tolerance limit restriction, without change in initial value in fsolve function OR any other way out.

I'm not sure what you are trying to do, because apparently the initial point is a solution. But if you want fsolve to take a fut...

2 months ago | 0

Performance of Mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) with intlinprog

MILP is a notoriously difficult problem type. For suggestions, see Tuning Integer Linear Programming. Alan Weiss MATLAB mathem...

2 months ago | 1

Assigning different upper and lower bounds to function input variables when calling the function during optimization

You need to write your function of one variable, say x = [x1,x2,x3,x4,x5]. For example, function RMSE = energy_demand(x) % Here...

2 months ago | 0

What acquisition function should I use in Bayes Optimization?

For information about acquisition functions, see Acquisiton Function Types. Alan Weiss MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentati...

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How do I solve two ode (dct/dt and dR/dt) simultaneously with ODE45 and optimize two parameters using global optimization ?

For a relevant example, see Optimize an ODE in Parallel. Alan Weiss MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation

2 months ago | 0

Need some help about optimization with matlab and simulink.

For a relevant example, see lsqnonlin with a Simulink® Model. Alan Weiss MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation

2 months ago | 0

difference between Optimization terminated: maximum number of generations exceeded and Optimization terminated: average change in the fitness value less than .

1 means that the process has stalled, and whether this is good or bad depends on what you want. If the stall window is large, th...

2 months ago | 0

Problem-Based Optimization, No feasible solution found

Your problem is infeasible as given. Using the routines in Investigate Linear Infeasibilities, I found the following. Convert th...

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Input user data into Surrogate Optimization Function

To pass extra parameters see Passing Extra Parameters. Alan Weiss MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation

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How to set a boundary condition to my solution of the fitness function? (MATLAB genetic algorithm)

I believe that your optimization will work much better using patternsearch as the solver instead of ga, or even using surrogateo...

2 months ago | 1

Can you help me with the output of my optimizer?

Use this example as a guide: Example of a Nested Output Function. Alan Weiss MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation

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