Re: [R] Solving equations with optim

From: ianfiske <>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:07:08 -0700 (PDT)

If you want to find the value of x such that f(x) = 0, then you can minimize f^2 or abs(f) using optim. Hope this helps,


francogrex wrote:
> Hello, optim searches for min (or max) of a function, but is it possible
> to solve for a specific value? I mean, I want to find the value of a and b
> that give the function value closest to ZERO (and not min or max) in the
> below. is it possible? thanks
> test=function(x){
> a=x[1]
> b=x[2]
> if (all(x>0))(((a/(a+b))*(beta(a,b)/(beta(a,b)-beta(a,b+6))))-0.35259)
> else Inf
> }
> optim(c(1,2),test)

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