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Optimizing parameters without specifying them (Mathematica)

  1. Sep 17, 2010 #1
    I use NMinimize to optimize a likelihood function. The number of parameters included depends on the dimensions of a vector I pass. I would like to have Mathematica check the dimensions of the vector, declare the correct number of parameters for me, and then solve for them.

    Right now, I have to hard code my notebook for each different size of vector I hand it. Is there anyway to have Mathematica either use anonymous variables, or declare parameter1, parameter2... parameterN variables for me, automatically, and use them?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Sep 23, 2010 #2
    myNMinimize[f_,n_]:=NMinimize[f,Table[ToExpression["parameter"<>ToString],{i,1,n}]]

    Then
    myNMinimize[(parameter1-3)^2+2(parameter2+1)^4+parameter3^2,3]
    returns
    {parameter1->3., parameter2->-1., parameter3-> 0.}
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010
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