[SciPy-user] scipy.optimize.anneal doesn't work properly?

dmitrey dmitrey.kroshko@scipy....
Sun Oct 7 08:20:50 CDT 2007

Hi all,
I try to connect scipy.optimize anneal to openopt,
and here are suspicious examples I constantly get, that seems to show 
anneal() don't work properly:

 >>> from numpy import asfarray

 >>> x_opt = anneal(lambda x: (x**2).sum(), asfarray([1,-1]))
Warning: Cooled to 31.093245 at [-5.56463126  0.35794414] but this is 
not the smallest point found.
 >>> x_opt
(array([ 1.88050049, -1.49370399]), 5)
(this is typical output, because anneal uses random numbers generator)

So, as you see, f(x_opt) is even greater than f(x0),
because 1.88050049**2 +1.49370399**2 > 1**2+(-1)**2

Same problem we can observe with even nVars = 1:

 >>> x_opt = anneal(lambda x: (x**2).sum(), asfarray([0.1]))
Warning: Cooled to 0.234018 at 0.483754056848 but this is not the 
smallest point found.
 >>> x_opt
(array([ -8.99753917e-09]), 1)
(typical output is x=+/-0.01...+/-0.8)

Of course, maybe scipy.optimize.anneal default lb-ub bounds that are set 
to +/-100 affect the solution obtained (as for me I dislike these 
defaults), but anyway - isn't it a bug, especially 1st example, where 
f(x_opt) is greater than f(x0)?

for nVars = 3 the situation (as I expected) is even more bad:
 >>> x_opt = anneal(lambda x: (x**2).sum(), asfarray([1,2,3]))
Warning: Cooled to 1205.692393 at [  9.59094938  31.96016313  
-9.60489749] but this is not the smallest point found.
 >>> x_opt
(array([-28.66744536,   3.62546302,  15.94018009]), 5)

Best regards, Dmitrey

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