[R] how to compute maximum of fitted polynomial?
Hans W Borchers
hwborchers at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 5 13:41:53 CEST 2013
David Winsemius <dwinsemius <at> comcast.net> writes:
> On Jun 4, 2013, at 10:15 PM, Hans W Borchers wrote:
> > In the case of polynomials, "elementary math ... methods" can
> > actually be
> > executed with R:
library(polynomial) # -6 + 11*x - 6*x^2 + x^3
p0 <- polynomial(c(-6, 11, -6, 1)) # has zeros at 1, 2, and 3
p1 <- deriv(p0); p2 <- deriv(p1) # first and second derivative
xm <- solve(p1) # maxima and minima of p0
xmax = xm[predict(p2, xm) < 0] # select the maxima
xmax #  1.42265
> These look like the functions present in the 'polynom' package
> authored by Bill Venables [aut] (S original), Kurt Hornik [aut, cre]
> (R port), Martin Maechler. I wasn't able to find a 'polynomial'
> package on CRAN. The 'mpoly' package by David Kahle offers
> multivariate symbolic operations as well.
Sorry, yes of course, it should be `library(polynom)`.
Somehow I'm making this mistake again and again.
And one has to be a bit careful about complex roots.
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