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#22472 new enhancement

Numerical optimization section of the reference manual needs reorganization

Reported by: klee Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone: sage-7.6
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Cc: dimpase, mkoeppe, mforets Merged in:
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  • Numerical Optimization section should be split into parts. It's a weird mix of discrete optimization (Knapsack)--- out of place there, as it's not "numerical", but discrete, with numerical root finding, least squares approximation, and optimization of functions of one variable, and linear (LP), integer linear (ILP)---again, a discrete problem--- and semidefinite programming (SDP).
  • By right, LP and SDP should be put into its own "Convex optimization", Knapsack and ILP into "Discrete optimization", and univariate things into "Calculus/numerical methods". I also think that the code for the latter and for Knapsack should be split into separate files - currently they are all dumped in numerical/, which also contains a little function to demonstrate the direct use of cvxopt LP solver---the latter should also be somewhere else.
  • Note that ILP and LP are solved by the same frontend, specifying appropriate parameters, so I don't quite know how to structure the corresponding documentation. (Probably one would have to link to .rst files that further point at the concrete code documentation?)


  • Numberical Optimization is semantically linked to SAT Solvers. Perhaps they should simply have their own headline called Solvers or something.

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by dimpase

  • Cc dimpase mkoeppe added

comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by dimpase

Once this is done, we should reorganise the top index (in #22386) so that Discrete Mathematics will get a heading "Optimization and Solvers" expanding into SAT Solvers, Knapsack, ILP.

comment:3 Changed 2 years ago by mforets

  • Cc mforets added
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