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problems about solve exponential function

Asked by xueqi
on 13 Feb 2013
Latest activity Commented on by TUHAME STEVEN
on 28 Oct 2015


please have a look at a part of my code in the function maxmin0. The general idea is that I use solve to get the solution for a exponential function funcion, and then assign the solution to a variable called pf5, which is the output for maxmin0. The function runs well itself. But when I call this function in another function, it always show a error message . I am doubting it is the way I write the this function is not smart and so there is problem when it is being called...Could you help to check that?

Here is the code

    if true
      %  p1=1-lb2-lb3;
              if (d2(i,3)==d2(i,1))
  syms x 

and here is the error message

Warning: Explicit solution could not be found. 
> In solve at 169
  In maxmin0 at 138
  In maxmin at 15
  In beta at 18
  In C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012a\toolbox\shared\optimlib\finDiffEvalAndChkErr.p>finDiffEvalAndChkErr at 26
  In C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012a\toolbox\shared\optimlib\finitedifferences.p>finitedifferences at 128
  In C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012a\toolbox\optim\optim\private\computeFinDiffGradAndJac.p>computeFinDiffGradAndJac at 28
  In C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012a\toolbox\optim\optim\barrier.p>barrier at 135
  In fmincon at 841
  In main at 6 
Error using mupadmex
Error in MuPAD command: Subscripted assignment dimension mismatch
Error in sym/subsasgn (line 1638)
                C = mupadmex('symobj::subsasgn',A.s,B.s,inds{:});
Error in maxmin0 (line 138)
Error in maxmin (line 15)
Error in beta (line 18)
mu = maxmin(sub,DD);
Error in C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012a\toolbox\shared\optimlib\finDiffEvalAndChkErr.p>finDiffEvalAndChkErr (line 26)
Error in C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012a\toolbox\shared\optimlib\finitedifferences.p>finitedifferences (line 128)
Error in C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012a\toolbox\optim\optim\private\computeFinDiffGradAndJac.p>computeFinDiffGradAndJac (line 28)
Error in C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012a\toolbox\optim\optim\barrier.p>barrier (line 135)
Error in fmincon (line 841)
    [X,FVAL,EXITFLAG,OUTPUT,LAMBDA,GRAD,HESSIAN] = barrier(funfcn,X,A,B,Aeq,Beq,l,u,confcn,options.HessFcn, ...
Error in main (line 6)
[x,fval,exitflag,output,lambda,grad] =  fmincon(@beta,[0.2,0.2,0.2,0.01,20,0.1,20,0.1],A,b,[],[],lb,ub,[],options)


At the point of the solve(), could you show us what f5 is? I want to check for solutions myself.

Hi do you mean the explicit expression for f5? The expression depends on the input of the function, and this error shows when the function in called in an optimization routine. So I cant know the exact input either... PS I have made the imrovement that add in if (isempty(y)==1) PF(i,1)=0; else PF(i,1)=double(y); end But this similar error still show!!!And this time it is 2010 shows this message...

it is fine thank you

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2 Answers

Answer by Carlos
on 14 Feb 2013
Edited by Walter Roberson
on 14 Feb 2013
 Accepted answer

When you execute this code in Matlab

>> syms x;
>> f=-10*exp(-x);
>> solve(f,x)
>> isempty(a)
ans =

Whereas if you execute this code

>> syms x;
>> f=x^2-4
>> solve(f,x)
>> isempty(a)
ans =

You can use the isempty command. If isempty returns true (1), it means your roots array is empty because there are no roots.


    yes a=solve(f,x),just to find out if the string is empty (which means matlab is unable to solve because the equation cannot be solved)

Hi, I have add in this bit in my code, it still shows me the same message. Can you think of the reason? Also can you go to my question here

Sorry, I cannot figure out the reason for different behaivours in different versions.

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Answer by Carlos
on 13 Feb 2013
Edited by Walter Roberson
on 14 Feb 2013

In the warning message displayed by Matlab it says no solution has been found(just as it happens if the function has no roots), and exp(-ax) has no roots, this is what happens when I try the following code in Matlab

>> syms x;
>> f=-10*exp(-x);
>> solve(f,x)
Warning: Explicit solution could not be found. 
> In solve at 81
ans =
[ empty sym ]

However if there is no problem with Matlab 2010 this might not be the case, I just wanted you to consider the possibility the function has no roots.

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Yes I begin to think it may be the problems. So I think it would be better if I modify the code so that pf=0 if there is no solution. Could you offer any advice how to say 'if there is no solution' into matlab lauguage?

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