[SciPy-user] Questions about scipy.optimize.fmin_cobyla

fdu.xiaojf@gmai... fdu.xiaojf@gmai...
Mon Jul 16 07:18:10 CDT 2007

Hi all,

I'm trying to minimize a function f(X) = f(x1,x2,...,xn) using cobyla.

In my minimization, all variables should be larger than 0, so I define
constraint functions like this:

cons = []
for i in range(n): # n is the number of variables
	c =lambda x: x[i] - 1e-10

And then I use fmin_cobyla(func=f, x0=[0.1]*n, cons=cons) to minimize the

There are two problems:

1) In the constrain functions, I expected the value of i to be bounded
to the specific constrain function, but it doesn't work as I expected.

Here is a demonstration:
In [14]: a = []

In [15]: for i in range(4):
     b = lambda : i**2

In [18]: for f in a:
     print f()

What I want is that every function in list a should print different
values. The value of a[0](), a[1](), a[2](), a[3]() should be 0, 1, 4,

How to achieve this?

2) In function f(X), there are item of log(xi). Although I have
constrained the value of xi in the constrain functions, xi still may be
equal or less than 0 during minimization, then "math domain error"

What should I do ?

My method is when "math domain error" occurred, catch it and set the
return value of f to a very large number. Should this work or not?

Thanks a lot!

Xiao Jianfeng

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