optimx-package: A replacement and extension of the optim() function, plus...

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A replacement and extension of the optim() function, plus various optimization tools


optimx provides a replacement and extension of the link{optim()} function to unify and streamline optimization capabilities in R for smooth, possibly box constrained functions of several or many parameters

The three functions ufn, ugr and uhess wrap corresponding user functions fn, gr, and hess so that these functions can be executed safely (via try()) and also so parameter or function scaling can be applied. The wrapper functions also allow for maximization of functions (via minimization of the negative of the function) using the logical parameter maximize.

There are three test functions, fnchk, grchk, and hesschk, to allow the user function to be tested for validity and correctness. However, no set of tests is exhaustive, and extensions and improvements are welcome. The package numDeriv is used for generation of numerical approximations to derivatives.



axsearch     Perform an axial search optimality check
bmchk        Check bounds and masks for parameter constraints
bmstep       Compute the maximum step along a search direction.
fnchk        Test validity of user function
gHgen        Compute gradient and Hessian as a given 
             set of parameters
gHgenb       Compute gradient and Hessian as a given 
             set of parameters appying bounds and masks
grback       Backward numerical gradient approximation
grcentral    Central numerical gradient approximation
grchk        Check that gradient function evaluation 
             matches numerical gradient
grfwd        Forward numerical gradient approximation
grnd         Gradient approximation using \code{numDeriv}
hesschk      Check that Hessian function evaluation 
             matches numerical approximation
kktchk         Check the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker optimality conditions
scalechk   Check scale of initial parameters and bounds
optsp        An environment to hold some globally useful items
             used by optimization programs
proptimr     compact output of optimr() result object             


John C Nash <nashjc@uottawa.ca> and Ravi Varadhan <RVaradhan@jhmi.edu>

Maintainer: John C Nash <nashjc@uottawa.ca>


Nash, John C. and Varadhan, Ravi (2011) Unifying Optimization Algorithms to Aid Software System Users: optimx for R, Journal of Statistical Software, publication pending.

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