MIN: An Interactive Educational Program for Function Minimization.
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HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MASS DIV OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED PHYSICS
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MIN is an interactive computer program package for function minimization. It provides building blocks with which a user can construct a program to solve his problem. Moreover, it is an educational tool which helps users learn what is happening by interacting with the program while it is executing, by testing out his intuition, by switching algorithms between iterations, etc. Currently MIN provides a choice of four search direction algorithms Davidon Fletcher Powell method, Parallel Tangent Method, Fletcher Reeves Conjugate Gradient Method, and Gradient Method and five line search algorithms Golden Section, False Position, High Order, Fibbonacci and DSC-Powell Search. Also it provides several stopping criterion, different output formats, and proper input checking facilities. The package has been written in BASIC language implemented on WANG 2200 computers.
- Operations Research
- Computer Programming and Software