[Rd] tiny typo in optim/N-M documentation (PR#1109)

Jonathan Rougier J.C.Rougier@durham.ac.uk
Thu, 04 Oct 2001 09:16:08 +0100

Hi Ben,

bolker@zoo.ufl.edu wrote:

> While I'm at it -- poking at the code a little bit, it looks as if the
> initial simplex is set from the initial point by displacing each
> parameter value by max(0.1,0.1*pmax(fabs(Bvec))), where Bvec is the
> initial parameter set.  It would be nice to have a bit more external
> control of this procedure.
>   Is anyone interested in hacking this?  If I did it myself would
> anyone be interested in the results?  Or does fussing with the
> Nelder-Mead simplex seem silly because anyone who is really serious
> about optimization will being using another method anyway?

I am a happy (but serious) user of simplex optimisation in "optim".  I
think that it would be a very good idea to be able to over-ride the
default initial simplex through an argument to the "control" list.  So
if you do the hack please publish it, and if not, let me know and I will
have a go instead.

Cheers, Jonathan.

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