[Scipy-tickets] [SciPy] #1494: fmin_bfgs stuck in infinite loop (but only with new version)

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#1494: fmin_bfgs stuck in infinite loop (but only with new version)
 Reporter:  scipydevwikiaccount  |       Owner:  somebody   
     Type:  defect               |      Status:  new        
 Priority:  normal               |   Milestone:  Unscheduled
Component:  Other                |     Version:  0.9.0      
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Comment(by scipydevwikiaccount):

 Excuse my previous incorrect formatting. Let me repost my corrected

 Hello. I have run into a frustrating problem where
 scipy.optimize.fmin_bfgs will get stuck in an infinite loop. This problem
 has only shown up with a more recent version of scipy.

 I have developed a very simple exmaple which demonstrates this problem by
 trying to minimize the function -1/e**x, for which the optimal value is at

 A simple program to reproduce the error:

 import numpy,scipy,scipy.optimize
 f=lambda x: -numpy.e**-x
 fp=lambda x: -f(x)
 print 'before: x=%s, after: x=%s' % (x0,x)

 Using python 2.6, numpy 1.4.0, and scipy 0.7.2, the code successfuly
 finishs with a reasonably large negative value:
 $ python crash.py Warning: Desired error not necessarily achieveddue to
 precision loss

     Current function value: -5184705528587058413568.000000 Iterations: 1
 Function evaluations: 6 Gradient evaluations: 5

 before: x=[0], after: x=[-50.]

 Using python 2.7, numpy 1.6.1, and scipy 0.9.0, the code gets stuck in an
 infinite loop and never terminates.

Ticket URL: <http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/ticket/1494#comment:1>
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