[Rd] Suggestion for an extension of the API

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri, 26 Jan 2001 20:58:32 +0000 (GMT)

On Fri, 26 Jan 2001, Adrian Trapletti wrote:

> Dear R Developers (I think in particular Brian)
> Especially for larger optimization problems, it would be nice to have an
> entry point for C/C++ code to the R optimizers (the ones which are called
> when using optim()), where the client just has to provide the functions
> fminfn() and fmingr() and calls directly, e.g., vmmin() (all from
> $RHOME/src/main/optim.c). Are there any plans for providing such an entry
> point?

No, but there can be.  There are at least some problems with error-handling
that need to be thought about.

Is what you want essentially to make vmmin (...) a public entry point,
avoiding having to deal with OptStruct's?  If that suffices, it would
be easy.


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