[SciPy-user] questions about solving equations in scipy

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Wed Jun 13 11:44:51 CDT 2007

fdu.xiaojf@gmail.com wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have posted this to python-list, and some people kindly pointed that here is 
> a better place for scipy related questions.
> I have two questions about scipy.
> 1) When I was trying to solve a single variable equations using scipy, I
> found two methods: scipy.optimize.fsolve,and scipy.optimize.newton.
> I have tried both, and it seemed that both worked well, and fsolve ran
> faster.
> My questions is, which is the right choose ?

Like I said on the python-list, whichever one works best for your particular

> And I also found that there are models and functions in both scipy and numpy, 
> such as scipy.linalg.solve() and numpy.linalg.solve(), and both can solve a 
> linear equation. Are they the same in the ground?


> 2) I have to solve a linear equation, with the constraint that all
> variables should be positive. Currently I can solve this problem by
> manually adjusting the solution in each iteration after get the solution
> bu using scipy.linalg.solve().
> I found a web page about optimization solver in 
> openoffice(http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Optimization_Solver#Non-Linear_Programming).
>   Openoffice has an option of "Allow only positive values", so I think that 
> may be a well-defined problem. Sorry for my ignorance if I was wrong.

What this page is talking about is optimization (minimizing the error), not
solving a linear equation (error = 0). Take a look at the bound-constrained
optimizers in scipy.optimize: fmin_l_bfgs_b and fmin_tnc.

Robert Kern

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