[R] Error in optim(p, fun,...)

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Sep 25 20:13:01 CEST 2001

On Tue, 25 Sep 2001, Tony Long wrote:

> All:
> 	I am getting an error code from the optimization function.  The code is
> Error in optim(p,fun.LLike, lower=low, upper = up, method = "L-BFGS-B", :
>           non-finite finite-difference value [0]
> If I add a trace=6 option to my control list the last message before
> this error is:
>           At X0, 0 variables are exactly at the bounds
> Any ideas on where I should start would be appreciated.  Tony

It means that in computing derivatives by finite differencing, one
of the values is NA, +Inf or -Inf.  Put some print values in
your objective function and find out why it is giving a non-finite value.

It's not an error in optim: it is supposed to work that way.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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