[R] nlm doesn't detect a gradient in my function - odd solution (bug?)

Andrew Robinson andrewr at uidaho.edu
Wed Jul 21 05:28:30 CEST 2004

Dear R community,

I sent a question to the list a few days ago.  Using nlm, I was unable to detect a gradient in a four-parameter function that I had written in the region that I was searching, even though the function surface clearly varied in the fourth significant figure there.

I stumbled across a peculiar solution: the nlm function was able to detect a non-zero gradient when the ndigit value was *reduced*.  The default value is 12, I was able to detect a gradient in one of the four dimensions if I used 10, and in all of the four if I used 8.

Does that make any sense to anyone?



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