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LocateMinimum[f, {x,  }] searches for a local minimum in f, starting from the point x= .
LocateMinimum[f, {x,  ,  }] searches for a local minimum in f using  and  as the first two values of x. This form must be used if symbolic derivatives of f cannot be found.
LocateMinimum[f, {x, xstart, xmin, xmax}] searches for a local minimum, stopping the search if x ever gets outside the range xmin to xmax.
LocateMinimum[f, {x,  }, {y,  }, ... ] searches for a local minimum in a function of several variables.

LocateMinimum works by following the path of steepest descent from each point that it reaches. The minima it finds are local, but not necessarily global.
• See also:
LocateRoot, SolveEquation, SolveODE.


Using InstantCalculators

Here are the InstantCalculators for the LocateMinimum function. Enter the parameters for your calculation and click Calculate to see the result.

Entering Commands Directly

You can paste a template for this command via the Text Input button on the LocateMinimum Function Controller.

This finds the value of x which minimizes Gamma[x], starting from x = 2.

This finds the local minimum of a function of two variables. As in LocateRoot, it is a good idea to choose starting values that are not too special.

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