# 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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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...

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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...

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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...

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Problem using fminbnd function

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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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How to find a part of function value in Genetic Algorithm after each iteration cycle

I think that you can write a Custom Output Function for Genetic Algorithm and use it to calculate what you want and store them i...

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Coding a GA using constraint functions but getting array size error. - SOLVED

I think that you can investigate this problem yourself by using the debugger to set a break point at or just before line 119, an...

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multi constraints fmincon optimization

I don't know which of these variables are optimization variables, meaning those that can be changed to try to optimize, and whic...

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surrogateopt: get handle of optimized surrogate function

Sorry, the surrogate is not returned and is not available. We have no idea whether the surrogate is a good approximation to the ...

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Intlinrprog (maximize) vs excel Solver (Maximize)

Your problem is that you set intcon = 3; This means that the only variable restricted to be an integer is x(3). Instead you sh...

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Multi-objective optimization

Are you looking for the gamultiobj solver? Or are you asking something else? Alan Weiss MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentat...

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Find values for best and mean fitness value for each generation in Genetic Algorithm

Use a Custom Output Function for Genetic Algorithm. Model it on the gaplotbestf plot function. To see that function, edit gaplo...

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Optimization of multiple input variable to a model

Usually you should use a least-squares solver for nonlinear fitting. See Nonlinear Data-Fitting and Nonlinear Least -Squares, Pr...

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about genetic algorithm

The topic Mixed Integer ga Optimization adderesses this kind of question. For an example that uses integer variables for non-int...

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Linear programming exercise help

This looks like quadratic programming, not linear programming. In any case, it looks quite straightforward to solve this kind of...

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Solving an optimization problem using fmincon

I think that this is a straightforward problem is you use the problem-based optimization workflow, which requires a relatively r...

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Bayesian Optimization Hyperparameters .

The bayesopt function performs all Bayesian optimization. The bayesopt algorithm is described here. When finding the best parame...

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How set properly a multiobjective optimization problem

I think that you need to understand that the optimization variables all need to be in one variable, typically called x. See Writ...

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Simulation: fminsearch in a for loop

Do you really want TolFun = 1000? Are you sure? I am not sure that I understand what you are trying to do, but maybe you have a...

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3 variable Linear function problem

In linprog set lb = [0 0 -Inf]; You will have to take the negative of your objective function vector in order to maximize. Al...

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