[SciPy-user] examples in docs

josef.pktd@gmai... josef.pktd@gmai...
Tue May 5 14:54:09 CDT 2009


On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 3:25 PM, Rob Falck <robfalck@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 3:06 PM, <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 2:43 PM, Rob Falck <robfalck@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > That looks good.  I apologize for not adding the documentation myself.
>> >
>> > On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 2:17 PM, <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 12:27 PM, Pauli Virtanen <pav@iki.fi> wrote:
>> >> > Tue, 05 May 2009 11:46:01 -0400, josef.pktd wrote:
>> >> >
>> >> >> Rob Falck just pointed out a nice set of examples for fmin_slsqp at
>> >> >> http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/attachment/ticket/570/slsqp_test.py.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> What's the best way to include them in the docs? the tutorial?
>> >> >
>> >> > The tutorial, I'd say.
>> >> >
>> >> >> Is there a way to include or link to examples that are too long for
>> >> >> a
>> >> >> docstring?
>> >> >
>> >> > Add a label like
>> >> >
>> >> > .. _tutorial-sqlsp:
>> >> >
>> >> > at the relevant point in the tutorial, and refer it to as
>> >> >
>> >> >        More examples :ref:`in the tutorial <tutorial-sqlsp>`
>> >> >
>> >> > or :ref:`tutorial-sqlsp` in the docstring, or something along these
>> >> > lines.
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >> I did this, but mostly cut and paste:
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> http://docs.scipy.org/scipy/docs/scipy.optimize.slsqp.fmin_slsqp/#scipy-optimize-fmin-slsqp
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> http://docs.scipy.org/scipy/docs/scipy-docs/tutorial/optimize.rst/#tutorial-sqlsp
>> >>
>> >> Maybe someone who knows more about fmin_slsqp can edit it.
>> >>
>> >> One more question:
>> >> http://docs.scipy.org/scipy/docs/scipy-docs/tutorial/optimize.rst
>> >> does a literal include of some files in the examples subdirectory. I
>> >> didn't find a way to display and edit them in the docs editor.
>> >> If we include more sample scripts, it might be good, to find a way to
>> >> add and edit them through the doc editor. Right now the relatively
>> >> long example script that I pasted looks a bit ugly in the tutorial
>> >> text.
>>
>> Thanks for checking.
>>
>> Do you have a brief description available?
>> Without looking at it more carefully I got a bit confused about the
>> relationship to least squares. From the description in the fortran
>> file it looks like a minimizer of an objective function and not a
>> least squares minimizer. Is iterative least squares just the algorithm
>> or is there a closer relationship to LS?
>>
>> Josef
>>
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> Sequential Least Squares is just the name of the algorithm.  Honestly I use
> it as a black box and am not extremely familiar with the algorithm
> implemented in Fortran.
>

I found the name a bit misleading.
I think your examples will help to advertise this minimizer, since it
wasn't clear that it can handle constraints in a flexible way,
including nonlinear constraints.

Josef


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