Test problems for minimization

TEST_MIN is a MATLAB library which defines problems involving the minimization of a scalar function of a scalar argument.

TEST_MIN can be useful for testing algorithms that attempt to minimize a scalar function of a scalar argument. Each problem has an index number, and there are a corresponding set of routines, with names beginning with the index number, to:

There is also a "generic" problem interface, whose routines all begin with "P00". This allows the user to call all possible problems in a single simple loop, by passing the desired index number through the generic interface.

The functions can be invoked by an index number, and include:

  1. f(x) = ( x - 2 )^2 + 1;
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  2. f(x) = x^2 + exp ( -x );
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  3. f(x) = x^4 + 2x^2 + x + 3;
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  4. f(x) = exp ( x ) + 0.01 / x;
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  5. f(x) = exp ( x ) - 2 * x + 0.01 / x - 0.000001 / x^2;
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  6. f(x) = 2 - x;
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  7. f(x) = ( x + sin ( x ) ) * exp ( -x^2 );
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  8. f(x) = 3 * x^2 + 1 + ( log ( ( x - pi )^2 ) ) / pi^4;
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  9. f(x) = x^2 - 10 sin ( x^2 - 3x + 2);
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  10. f(x) = cos(x)+5*cos(1.6*x)-2*cos(2*x)+5*cos(4.5*x)+7*cos(9*x);
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  11. f(x) = 1+|3x-1|;
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The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


TEST_MIN is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN77 version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version and a Python version.

Related Data and Programs:

BRENT, a MATLAB library which contains Richard Brent's routines for finding the zero, local minimizer, or global minimizer of a scalar function of a scalar argument, without the use of derivative information.

LOCAL_MIN_RC, a MATLAB library which finds a local minimum of a scalar function of a scalar variable, without the use of derivative information, using reverse communication (RC), by Richard Brent.


  1. Isabel Beichl, Dianne O'Leary, Francis Sullivan,
    Monte Carlo Minimization and Counting: One, Two, Too Many,
    Computing in Science and Engineering,
    Volume 9, Number 1, January/February 2007.
  2. Richard Brent,
    Algorithms for Minimization without Derivatives,
    Dover, 2002,
    ISBN: 0-486-41998-3,
    LC: QA402.5.B74.
  3. David Kahaner, Cleve Moler, Steven Nash,
    Numerical Methods and Software,
    Prentice Hall, 1989,
    ISBN: 0-13-627258-4,
    LC: TA345.K34.
  4. Arnold Krommer, Christoph Ueberhuber,
    Numerical Integration on Advanced Computer Systems,
    Springer, 1994,
    ISBN: 3540584102,
    LC: QA299.3.K76.
  5. Dianne O'Leary,
    Scientific Computing with Case Studies,
    SIAM, 2008,
    ISBN13: 978-0-898716-66-5,
    LC: QA401.O44.
  6. LE Scales,
    Introduction to Non-Linear Optimization,
    Springer, 1985,
    ISBN: 0-387-91252-5,
    LC: QA402.5.S33.

Source Code:

Examples and Tests:

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Last revised on 06 December 2016.