# Re: [R] constrOptim and function with additional parameters?

From: Roger D. Peng <rpeng_at_jhsph.edu>
Date: Thu 15 Jul 2004 - 00:01:45 EST

0,

outer.eps = 1e-05, ...)
{

```     if (!is.null(control\$fnscale) && control\$fnscale < 0)
mu <- -mu
[...]
obj <- f(theta)
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
r <- R(theta, theta)
for (i in 1:outer.iterations) {
obj.old <- obj
r.old <- r
[...]
```

}

So the object function `f' is called on the starting value `theta' but the `...' is not passed through.

-roger

Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Jul 2004 14:59:01 +0200 (MEST), "Marlene Mueller"
> <Marlene.Mueller@gmx.de> wrote :
>
>

```>>How can I use a function with some additional input parameters
>>in constrOptim? For example, something like
>>
>>fr <- function(x,a) {   ## Rosenbrock Banana function
>> x1 <- x
>> x2 <- x
>> a * (x2 - x1 * x1)^2 + (1 - x1)^2
>>}
>>
>>where the optimum is to be found w.r.t. x. Calling
>>optim(c(-1.2,1), fr, NULL, a=100) works as expected, but I fail
>>to provide the a=100 in the constrained case:
>>
>>
>>> constrOptim(c(-1.2,0.9), fr, NULL, ui=rbind(c(-1,0),c(0,-1)),
>>
>>ci=c(-1,-1),a=100)
>>Error in f(theta) : Argument "a" is missing, with no default
>>
>>Is this a bug or is there a different solution that I miss here?
```

>
>
> I can't spot why your use of constrOptim isn't working, but you should
> be able to workaround it by doing something like this:
>
> applyDefaults <- function(fn, ...) {
> function(x) fn(x, ...)
> }
>
> constrOptim(c(-1.2,0.9), applyDefaults(fr, a=100), NULL,
> ui=rbind(c(-1,0),c(0,-1)),ci=c(-1,-1))
>
> The applyDefaults function creates a new function which evaluates the

> old one with some of the parameters set to fixed values.
>
> Duncan Murdoch
>
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