[R] optimization problem

John C Nash nashjc at uottawa.ca
Fri Nov 28 17:28:29 CET 2008

tedzxx asked about apparent multiple optima. See below.

Users should be aware that optim() does local optimization. The default Nelder-Mead approach is fairly robust at finding such a local minimum, though it may halt if it is on a flat area of the loss function surface. I would recommend trying one of the BFGS codes (they use somewhat different approaches) and look at the gradient information. With only 3 parameters, these should work fine. There is also another package (I forget the name -- someone?) that does full Newton with Hessian computed. That may be worth using to get more complete information about your problem.

tedzxx: If you send me the data off-list (maybe also include the function again to save me digging it up again), I'll try to provide more information. 

John Nash

>Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 23:30:56 -0800 (PST)
>From: tedzzx <zengzhenxing at gmail.com>
>Subject: [R]  optimization problem
>To: r-help at r-project.org
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  I am facing an optimization problem. I am using the function optim(par,fun),
  but I find that every time I give different original guess parameter, I can
  get different result. For example
  I have a data frame named data:
     price     s     x         t
  1 1678.0 12817 11200 0.1495902
  2 1675.5 12817 11200 0.1495902
  3 1678.0 12817 11200 0.1495902
  4 1688.0 12817 11200 0.1495902
  5 1677.0 12817 11200 0.1495902
  6 1678.5 12817 11200 0.1495902
  optim(par=p,f) # use the default algorism 

  I have other different original estimes, It also show me different result.



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