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"Warning: Imaginary parts of complex X and/or Y arguments ignored" in fminserach and optimtool

Asked by Victor on 5 Mar 2012

Dear all,

I am trying to fit a curve to experimental data by use of "optimtool" and "fminsearch".

But I receive a warning which says " Imaginary parts of complex X and/or Y arguments ignored". I have this warning from the first iteration.

Any idea to solve this warning is appreciated. Thanks in advance Best regards Victor

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Answer by Walter Roberson on 5 Mar 2012
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Turn on FunValCheck to produce an error when imaginary values are encountered.

If your fitting inherently involves imaginary quantities, then please note:

fminsearch only minimizes over the real numbers, that is, x must only consist of real numbers and f(x) must only return real numbers. When x has complex variables, they must be split into real and imaginary parts.

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Victor on 5 Mar 2012

Dear all,
Thanks for your comments.
Now it is ok but I found just if I let the Matlab to calculate the numbers, it will give me the errors!
For example instead of writing the final value of log(a/b) with a=0.001 and b=1 I wrote -3 and now also instead of "1-((103-298)/(1723-298)" I wrote 1.136842105
It is so strange for me.
do you have any idea?

Walter Roberson on 5 Mar 2012

Beware of log vs log10

See also
http://matlab.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ#Why_is_0.3_-_0.2_-_0.1_.28or_similar.29_not_equal_to_zero.3F

Walter Roberson
Answer by Sean de Wolski on 5 Mar 2012

Evaluate your function at the initial values you provide. Is the result complex? If so, that's the reason for the warning. We can't be of much more assistance without seeing reproduction steps.

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