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Simulated Annealing Optimization

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This program performs simulated annealing otimization on functions of R^n in R.



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Simulated annealing is an optimization algorithm that skips local minimun. It uses a variation of Metropolis algorithm to perform the search of the minimun. It is recomendable to use it before another minimun search algorithm to track the global minimun instead of a local ones.

Usage: [x0,f0]sim_anl(f,x0,l,u,Mmax,TolFun)

f = a function handle
x0 = a ninitial guess for the minimun
l = a lower bound for minimun
u = a upper bound for minimun
Mmax = maximun number of temperatures
TolFun = tolerancia de la función

x0 = candidate to global minimun founded
f0 = value of function on x0


The six-hump camelback function:

camel= @(x)(4-2.1*x(1).^2+x(1).^4/3).*x(1).^2+x(1).*x(2)+4*(x(2).^2-1).*x(2).^2;

has a doble minimun at f(-0.0898,0.7126) = f(0.0898,-0.7126) = -1.0316

this code works with it as follows:


and we get:
x0=[-0.0897 0.7126]

Comments and Ratings (6)

Good commenting and clear algorithm


sara (view profile)

Héctor Corte

Héctor Corte (view profile)

It can be done, but the output of your function is also a 2x2 matrix. There is no maximum defined for that object. You need to define another function which goes from 2x2 matrices into real numbers and decides which matrix represents the maximum (i.e. that function could be something like the sum of all the elements of your matrix).

Liaquat Ali


can your code be applied to work on the finding the maximum point when 2X2 matrix variable is involved.
for example

f = A.*B;

where A = 2X2 matrix with some values and B = 2X2 variable matrix like B = [x1 x2;3 x4]

Héctor Corte

Héctor Corte (view profile)

I've been checking it out again, and the answer is yes, they are basically the same algorithm. The algorithm is in my third reference: [3] Won Y. Yang, Wenwu Cao, Tae-Sang Chung, John Morris, "Applied Numerical Methods Using MATLAB", John Whiley & Sons, 2005.
One difference between my script and Vandekerckhove's one is that mine always test 500 points for each temperature while his can change temperature if a maximun number of succes points if found. I have a version of mine with that feature but I have the code inside a training algorithm for neural networks.

Thank you Hector for your submission.

Is there any difference between your algorithm and Joachim Vandekerckhove's besides the bounds in the variables?

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