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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 .


    Examples

    Using InstantCalculators

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

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    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 .

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    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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