This example demonstrates the use of the default trust-region-dogleg
`fsolve`

algorithm (see Large-Scale vs. Medium-Scale Algorithms). It is intended for problems
where

The system of nonlinear equations is square, i.e., the number of equations equals the number of unknowns.

There exists a solution

*x*such that*F*(*x*) = 0.

The example uses `fsolve`

to obtain the minimum of the banana (or Rosenbrock) function by deriving and then solving an equivalent system of
nonlinear equations. The Rosenbrock function, which has a minimum of *F*(*x*) = 0, is a common test problem in optimization. It has a high degree of
nonlinearity and converges extremely slowly if you try to use steepest descent type
methods. It is given by

$$f(x)=100{\left({x}_{2}-{x}_{1}^{2}\right)}^{2}+{(1-{x}_{1})}^{2}.$$

First generalize this function to an *n*-dimensional function, for
any positive, even value of *n*:

$$f(x)={\displaystyle \sum _{i=1}^{n/2}100{\left({x}_{2i}-{x}_{2i-1}^{2}\right)}^{2}+{(1-{x}_{2i-1})}^{2}}.$$

This function is referred to as the generalized Rosenbrock function. It consists of
*n* squared terms involving *n* unknowns.

Before you can use `fsolve`

to find the values of
*x* such that *F*(*x*) = 0, i.e., obtain the minimum of the generalized Rosenbrock function, you
must rewrite the function as the following equivalent system of nonlinear equations:

$$\begin{array}{c}F(1)=1-{x}_{1}\\ F(2)=10\left({x}_{2}-{x}_{1}^{2}\right)\\ F(3)=1-{x}_{3}\\ F(4)=10\left({x}_{4}-{x}_{3}^{2}\right)\\ \vdots \\ F(n-1)=1-{x}_{n-1}\\ F(n)=10\left({x}_{n}-{x}_{n-1}^{2}\right).\end{array}$$

This system is square, and you can use `fsolve`

to solve it. As the
example demonstrates, this system has a unique solution given by *x _{i}* = 1,

function [F,J] = bananaobj(x) % Evaluate the vector function and the Jacobian matrix for % the system of nonlinear equations derived from the general % n-dimensional Rosenbrock function. % Get the problem size n = length(x); if n == 0, error('Input vector, x, is empty.'); end if mod(n,2) ~= 0, error('Input vector, x ,must have an even number of components.'); end % Evaluate the vector function odds = 1:2:n; evens = 2:2:n; F = zeros(n,1); F(odds,1) = 1-x(odds); F(evens,1) = 10.*(x(evens)-x(odds).^2); % Evaluate the Jacobian matrix if nargout > 1 if nargout > 1 c = -ones(n/2,1); C = sparse(odds,odds,c,n,n); d = 10*ones(n/2,1); D = sparse(evens,evens,d,n,n); e = -20.*x(odds); E = sparse(evens,odds,e,n,n); J = C + D + E; end

n = 64; x0(1:n,1) = -1.9; x0(2:2:n,1) = 2; options = optimoptions(@fsolve,'Display','iter','SpecifyObjectiveGradient',true); [x,F,exitflag,output,JAC] = fsolve(@bananaobj,x0,options);

Use the starting point *x*(*i*) = –1.9 for the odd indices, and *x*(*i*) = 2 for the even indices. Set `Display`

to
`'iter'`

to see the solver's progress. Set
`SpecifyObjectiveGradient`

to `true`

to use
the Jacobian defined in `bananaobj.m`

. The
`fsolve`

function generates the following output:

Norm of First-order Trust-region Iteration Func-count f(x) step optimality radius 0 1 8563.84 615 1 1 2 3093.71 1 329 1 2 3 225.104 2.5 34.8 2.5 3 4 212.48 6.25 34.1 6.25 4 5 212.48 6.25 34.1 6.25 5 6 102.771 1.5625 6.39 1.56 6 7 102.771 3.90625 6.39 3.91 7 8 87.7443 0.976563 2.19 0.977 8 9 74.1426 2.44141 6.27 2.44 9 10 74.1426 2.44141 6.27 2.44 10 11 52.497 0.610352 1.52 0.61 11 12 41.3297 1.52588 4.63 1.53 12 13 34.5115 1.52588 6.97 1.53 13 14 16.9716 1.52588 4.69 1.53 14 15 8.16797 1.52588 3.77 1.53 15 16 3.55178 1.52588 3.56 1.53 16 17 1.38476 1.52588 3.31 1.53 17 18 0.219553 1.16206 1.66 1.53 18 19 0 0.0468565 0 1.53 Equation solved. fsolve completed because the vector of function values is near zero as measured by the value of the function tolerance, and the problem appears regular as measured by the gradient.