# [R] Improved Nelder-Mead algorithm and Matlab's fminsearch. Was: Hi

Fri Mar 5 16:21:38 CET 2010

```The `fminsearch' in Matlab uses a version of the Nelder-Mead simplex search algorithm, which is a derivative-free search technique.  The Nelder-Mead is also the default algorithm in optim().  Therefore, you can simply call optim() to get your job done.  However, I would like to mentiion that the Nelder-Mead implementation in optim() is not the best, and I have had others (who use Matlab) tell me that `fminsearch' generally performs better than optim's Nelder-Mead.  I have written an improved version of Nelder-Mead that performs better than optim's Nelder-Mead.  Iwill soon release it as a package (I have been saying this for several months now!), but I can send it to you if you are interested.

Hope this helps,
Ravi.

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephen sefick <ssefick at gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010 4:02 pm
Subject: Re: [R] Hi
To: hussain abu-saaq <hussainib1 at hotmail.com>
Cc: r-help at r-project.org

> I would help, but I don't know matlab.
>
>  Stephen
>
>  On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM, hussain abu-saaq
> <hussainib1 at hotmail.com> wrote:
>  >
>  > How Can I write this this matlab code in R:
>  >
>  >
>  > options=optimset('TolFun',1e-9,'TolX',1e-9,'MaxIter',1e8,'MaxFunEvals',1e8);
>  > c=c/2;
>  > [alpha, delta, epsilon, nofcup] = ustrs(set_date,mat_date);
>  > y = fminsearch('pbond',.15,options,p,c,nofcup,delta/epsilon);
>  > y = 200*y;
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  > Note
>  > pbond is a function in Matlab  I already wrote in R
>  >
>  >
>  > ustrs is a function in Matlab I already convert into r
>  >
>  >
>  > Thank you
>  >
>  > HI
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