[SciPy-User] optimize.fmin_cg terminates when w - grad*1e-10 yields lower obj & grad

josef.pktd@gmai... josef.pktd@gmai...
Mon Oct 5 13:35:23 CDT 2009

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 1:53 PM, Jason Rennie <jrennie@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 1:40 PM, <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Does lowering gtol help?  e.g. gtol=1e-10
>> I would keep using norm=inf  to force more iterations.
> Thanks for the suggestion, but no, it does not seem to help.  I get the same
> exact behavior with no norm argument (default is Inf) and a gtol=1e-10
> argument.
> Jason

In this case, I either agree with Sebastian, or you are already at a minimum
up to the usual precision, or your problem is badly scaled (my next guesses).

In your initial example, you had an improvement with a stepsize 1e-10,
however fmin_cg has a minimum stepsize of amin = 1e-8 (hardcoded) in linesearch
if my very fast skimming of the code is correct.

I don't know about fmin_cg but, if I remember correctly, I got this return code
 with other minimizers when I had an (almost) perfect fit, with no noise in the
simulation. Otherwise, you could try to rescale your problem to make the
parameters larger in absolute value.


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