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# FindMinValue

 FindMinValuegives the value at a local minimum of f. FindMinValuegives the value at a local minimum of f, found by a search starting from the point . FindMinValuegives the value at a local minimum of a function of several variables. FindMinValue gives the value at a local minimum subject to the constraints cons. FindMinValuestarts from a point within the region defined by the constraints.
• If the starting point for a variable is given as a list, the values of the variable are taken to be lists with the same dimensions.
• cons can contain equations, inequalities or logical combinations of these.
• FindMinValue first localizes the values of all variables, then evaluates f with the variables being symbolic, and then repeatedly evaluates the result numerically.
• FindMinValue searches for a local minimum in f using and as the first two values of x, avoiding the use of derivatives.
• FindMinValue searches for a local minimum, stopping the search if x ever gets outside the range to .
• Except when f and cons are both linear, the results found by FindMinValue may correspond only to local, but not global, minima.
• By default, all variables are assumed to be real.
• For linear f and cons, xIntegers can be used to specify that a variable can take on only integer values.
Find a minimum value of the univariate function:
Find a minimum value of a multivariate function:
Find a minimum value of a function subject to constraints:
Find a minimum value of the univariate function:
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Find a minimum value of a multivariate function:
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Find a minimum value of a function subject to constraints:
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 Scope   (6)
With different starting points, get the values of different local minima:
Value at a local minimum of a two-variable function starting from , :
Value at a local minimum constrained within a disk:
Starting point does not have to be provided:
For linear objective and constraints, integer constraints can be imposed:
Or constraints can be specified:
 Options   (8)
This enforces convergence criteria and :
This enforces convergence criteria and :
Setting a high WorkingPrecision makes the process convergent:
Plot convergence to the local minimum: