[R] optim() question

Ravi Varadhan RVaradhan at jhmi.edu
Tue May 26 23:02:17 CEST 2009


No.  Currently, AFAIK, there is no such switching algorithm for optimization
in R.  John Nash and I are working on a package for integrating various
optimization tools (for smooth, box-constrained optimization) in R.  This
will have a function that can run through multiple algorithms.  While this
is not exactly what you are asking for, it can be quite useful for your
purposes, which I assume is to find a local optimum in a reliable fashion.



Ravi Varadhan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, The Center on Aging and Health

Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology 

Johns Hopkins University

Ph: (410) 502-2619

Fax: (410) 614-9625

Email: rvaradhan at jhmi.edu




-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On
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Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 2:48 PM
To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: [R] optim() question

I've seen with other software the capability for the optimizer to switch
algorithms if it is not making progress between iterations.  Is this
capability available in optim()?

Stephen Collins, MPP | Analyst
Health & Benefits | Aon Consulting

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