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Re: [Help-gsl] questions about gsl_multimin_f*_minimizers (efficiency, d

From: Brian Gough
Subject: Re: [Help-gsl] questions about gsl_multimin_f*_minimizers (efficiency, drawbacks)
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 12:53:56 +0000

Marc Baaden writes:
 > I have some questions wrt the efficiency of the routines in gsl_multimin.
 > I have replaced a routine in an existing Fortran code (originally using
 > a Quasi-Newton minimizer (Harwell VA13A)) by a call to the gsl_multimin
 > routines, with the choice of either conjugate_pr, conjugate_fr, 
 > steepest_descent, vector_bfgs or nm_simplex.
 > The original Harwell VA13A algorithm should be quite similar to vector_bfgs.
 > So I was rather surprised that there is quite a noticeable "performance"
 > difference, the Harwell code being roughly a factor of 1.5-2 faster.


How does the choice of line-minimisation tolerance affect the

In addition to the number of function evaluations it would be of
interest to compare the number of direction vectors used, since this
is (to some extent) independent of the line minimisation tolerance.

Brian Gough

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