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Function with many local minima

  1. Dec 16, 2012 #1
    I've been working on a decentralized algorithm for finding local minima. Can anyone give me a few examples of mappings of the form F:R→R that have multiple local minima. I'm having problems defining neighbourhood on mappings from R2→R, so I thought I'll test it out on single variable functions first.

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  3. Dec 17, 2012 #2


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    Try the sum of some trig functions with no common periouds, for example
    ##\sin x + \cos( \sqrt 2 x) + \sin( \sqrt3 x)##.

    Or if you want a cluster of local minima, throw in something like ##\sin(1/x)##
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