pdalgd at gmail.com
Wed Oct 19 13:38:00 CEST 2016
This would seem to apply to the add-on package minpack.lm. That package has a maintainer...
Offhand, I would expect that this is a sanity check that, broadly speaking, prevents you from trying to solve a system of equations with more unknowns than equations. This is not a sufficient condition: Increasing the number of equations by adding trivial equations like 0=0 may kill the sanity check, but it doesn't make the system any more solvable.
> On 19 Oct 2016, at 13:21 , Mike meyer <1101011 at gmx.net> wrote:
> The description of nls.lm specifies that in minimizing a sum of squares of residuals
> the number of residuals must be no less than the dimension of the independent variable
> In fact the algorithm does not work otherwise (termination code 0).
> But this condition is senseless, since it can be vacuously satisfied by adding zero residuals
> without altering the minimization problem.
> Nor, to the best of my knowledge does the number of residuals play a role in the Levenberg-Marquardt
> So why does the R-implementation need this condition?
> I am also not clear how the Jacobian should be formatted. I am assuming that it contains the gradients
> of the residuals in the same order as the residuals occur in the function fn -- but this is not working for me.
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