[R] constrOptim and function with additional parameters?

Dimitris Rizopoulos dimitris.rizopoulos at med.kuleuven.ac.be
Wed Jul 14 15:17:46 CEST 2004

Hi Marlene,

from the on-line help file of `constrOptim' you can see that the "..."
argument is used for passing extra arguments to the `optim' function
and not in the function being optimized under constraints.

A simple solution would be to pass the value of the extra argument
directly to the function definition e.g., `fr(x, a=100)'. Otherwise
you could create a new version of `constrOptim' that passes the "..."
to the function being optimized and `optim'

I hope this helps.


Dimitris Rizopoulos
Doctoral Student
Biostatistical Centre
School of Public Health
Catholic University of Leuven

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marlene Mueller" <Marlene.Mueller at gmx.de>
To: <R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 2:59 PM
Subject: [R] constrOptim and function with additional parameters?

> How can I use a function with some additional input parameters
> in constrOptim? For example, something like
> fr <- function(x,a) {   ## Rosenbrock Banana function
>   x1 <- x[1]
>   x2 <- x[2]
>   a * (x2 - x1 * x1)^2 + (1 - x1)^2
> }
> where the optimum is to be found w.r.t. x. Calling
> optim(c(-1.2,1), fr, NULL, a=100) works as expected, but I fail
> to provide the a=100 in the constrained case:
> >  constrOptim(c(-1.2,0.9), fr, NULL, ui=rbind(c(-1,0),c(0,-1)),
> ci=c(-1,-1),a=100)
> Error in f(theta) : Argument "a" is missing, with no default
> Is this a bug or is there a different solution that I miss here?
> TIA, Marlene
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