scipy.optimize.minimize(fun, x0, args=(), method='BFGS', jac=None, hess=None, hessp=None, bounds=None, constraints=(), tol=None, callback=None, options=None)[source]

Minimization of scalar function of one or more variables.

New in version 0.11.0.

Parameters :

fun : callable

Objective function.

x0 : ndarray

Initial guess.

args : tuple, optional

Extra arguments passed to the objective function and its derivatives (Jacobian, Hessian).

method : str, optional

Type of solver. Should be one of

  • ‘Nelder-Mead’
  • ‘Powell’
  • ‘CG’
  • ‘BFGS’
  • ‘Newton-CG’
  • ‘Anneal’
  • ‘L-BFGS-B’
  • ‘TNC’
  • ‘COBYLA’
  • ‘SLSQP’

jac : bool or callable, optional

Jacobian of objective function. Only for CG, BFGS, Newton-CG. If jac is a Boolean and is True, fun is assumed to return the value of Jacobian along with the objective function. If False, the Jacobian will be estimated numerically. jac can also be a callable returning the Jacobian of the objective. In this case, it must accept the same arguments as fun.

hess, hessp : callable, optional

Hessian of objective function or Hessian of objective function times an arbitrary vector p. Only for Newton-CG. Only one of hessp or hess needs to be given. If hess is provided, then hessp will be ignored. If neither hess nor hessp is provided, then the hessian product will be approximated using finite differences on jac. hessp must compute the Hessian times an arbitrary vector.

bounds : sequence, optional

Bounds for variables (only for L-BFGS-B, TNC, COBYLA and SLSQP). (min, max) pairs for each element in x, defining the bounds on that parameter. Use None for one of min or max when there is no bound in that direction.

constraints : dict or sequence of dict, optional

Constraints definition (only for COBYLA and SLSQP). Each constraint is defined in a dictionary with fields:

type : str

Constraint type: ‘eq’ for equality, ‘ineq’ for inequality.

fun : callable

The function defining the constraint.

jac : callable, optional

The Jacobian of fun (only for SLSQP).

args : sequence, optional

Extra arguments to be passed to the function and Jacobian.

Equality constraint means that the constraint function result is to be zero whereas inequality means that it is to be non-negative. Note that COBYLA only supports inequality constraints.

tol : float, optional

Tolerance for termination. For detailed control, use solver-specific options.

options : dict, optional

A dictionary of solver options. All methods accept the following generic options:

maxiter : int

Maximum number of iterations to perform.

disp : bool

Set to True to print convergence messages.

For method-specific options, see show_options(‘minimize’, method).

callback : callable, optional

Called after each iteration, as callback(xk), where xk is the current parameter vector.

Returns :

res : Result

The optimization result represented as a Result object. Important attributes are: x the solution array, success a Boolean flag indicating if the optimizer exited successfully and message which describes the cause of the termination. See Result for a description of other attributes.

See also

Interface to minimization algorithms for scalar univariate functions.


This section describes the available solvers that can be selected by the ‘method’ parameter. The default method is BFGS.

Unconstrained minimization

Method Nelder-Mead uses the Simplex algorithm [R79], [R80]. This algorithm has been successful in many applications but other algorithms using the first and/or second derivatives information might be preferred for their better performances and robustness in general.

Method Powell is a modification of Powell’s method [R81], [R82] which is a conjugate direction method. It performs sequential one-dimensional minimizations along each vector of the directions set (direc field in options and info), which is updated at each iteration of the main minimization loop. The function need not be differentiable, and no derivatives are taken.

Method CG uses a nonlinear conjugate gradient algorithm by Polak and Ribiere, a variant of the Fletcher-Reeves method described in [R83] pp. 120-122. Only the first derivatives are used.

Method BFGS uses the quasi-Newton method of Broyden, Fletcher, Goldfarb, and Shanno (BFGS) [R83] pp. 136. It uses the first derivatives only. BFGS has proven good performance even for non-smooth optimizations

Method Newton-CG uses a Newton-CG algorithm [R83] pp. 168 (also known as the truncated Newton method). It uses a CG method to the compute the search direction. See also TNC method for a box-constrained minimization with a similar algorithm.

Method Anneal uses simulated annealing, which is a probabilistic metaheuristic algorithm for global optimization. It uses no derivative information from the function being optimized.

Constrained minimization

Method L-BFGS-B uses the L-BFGS-B algorithm [R84], [R85] for bound constrained minimization.

Method TNC uses a truncated Newton algorithm [R83], [R86] to minimize a function with variables subject to bounds. This algorithm is uses gradient information; it is also called Newton Conjugate-Gradient. It differs from the Newton-CG method described above as it wraps a C implementation and allows each variable to be given upper and lower bounds.

Method COBYLA uses the Constrained Optimization BY Linear Approximation (COBYLA) method [R87], [10], [11]. The algorithm is based on linear approximations to the objective function and each constraint. The method wraps a FORTRAN implementation of the algorithm.

Method SLSQP uses Sequential Least SQuares Programming to minimize a function of several variables with any combination of bounds, equality and inequality constraints. The method wraps the SLSQP Optimization subroutine originally implemented by Dieter Kraft [12].


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[R80](1, 2) Wright M H. 1996. Direct search methods: Once scorned, now respectable, in Numerical Analysis 1995: Proceedings of the 1995 Dundee Biennial Conference in Numerical Analysis (Eds. D F Griffiths and G A Watson). Addison Wesley Longman, Harlow, UK. 191-208.
[R81](1, 2) Powell, M J D. 1964. An efficient method for finding the minimum of a function of several variables without calculating derivatives. The Computer Journal 7: 155-162.
[R82](1, 2) Press W, S A Teukolsky, W T Vetterling and B P Flannery. Numerical Recipes (any edition), Cambridge University Press.
[R83](1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Nocedal, J, and S J Wright. 2006. Numerical Optimization. Springer New York.
[R84](1, 2) Byrd, R H and P Lu and J. Nocedal. 1995. A Limited Memory Algorithm for Bound Constrained Optimization. SIAM Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing 16 (5): 1190-1208.
[R85](1, 2) Zhu, C and R H Byrd and J Nocedal. 1997. L-BFGS-B: Algorithm 778: L-BFGS-B, FORTRAN routines for large scale bound constrained optimization. ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software 23 (4): 550-560.
[R86](1, 2) Nash, S G. Newton-Type Minimization Via the Lanczos Method. 1984. SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis 21: 770-778.
[R87](1, 2) Powell, M J D. A direct search optimization method that models the objective and constraint functions by linear interpolation. 1994. Advances in Optimization and Numerical Analysis, eds. S. Gomez and J-P Hennart, Kluwer Academic (Dordrecht), 51-67.
[10](1, 2) Powell M J D. Direct search algorithms for optimization calculations. 1998. Acta Numerica 7: 287-336.
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Let us consider the problem of minimizing the Rosenbrock function. This function (and its respective derivatives) is implemented in rosen (resp. rosen_der, rosen_hess) in the scipy.optimize.

>>> from scipy.optimize import minimize, rosen, rosen_der

A simple application of the Nelder-Mead method is:

>>> x0 = [1.3, 0.7, 0.8, 1.9, 1.2]
>>> res = minimize(rosen, x0, method='Nelder-Mead')
>>> res.x
[ 1.  1.  1.  1.  1.]

Now using the BFGS algorithm, using the first derivative and a few options:

>>> res = minimize(rosen, x0, method='BFGS', jac=rosen_der,
...                options={'gtol': 1e-6, 'disp': True})
Optimization terminated successfully.
         Current function value: 0.000000
         Iterations: 52
         Function evaluations: 64
         Gradient evaluations: 64
>>> res.x
[ 1.  1.  1.  1.  1.]
>>> print res.message
Optimization terminated successfully.
>>> res.hess
[[ 0.00749589  0.01255155  0.02396251  0.04750988  0.09495377]
 [ 0.01255155  0.02510441  0.04794055  0.09502834  0.18996269]
 [ 0.02396251  0.04794055  0.09631614  0.19092151  0.38165151]
 [ 0.04750988  0.09502834  0.19092151  0.38341252  0.7664427 ]
 [ 0.09495377  0.18996269  0.38165151  0.7664427   1.53713523]]

Next, consider a minimization problem with several constraints (namely Example 16.4 from [R83]). The objective function is:

>>> fun = lambda x: (x[0] - 1)**2 + (x[1] - 2.5)**2

There are three constraints defined as:

>>> cons = ({'type': 'ineq', 'fun': lambda x:  x[0] - 2 * x[1] + 2},
...         {'type': 'ineq', 'fun': lambda x: -x[0] - 2 * x[1] + 6},
...         {'type': 'ineq', 'fun': lambda x: -x[0] + 2 * x[1] + 2})

And variables must be positive, hence the following bounds:

>>> bnds = ((0, None), (0, None))

The optimization problem is solved using the SLSQP method as:

>>> res = minimize(fun, (2, 0), method='SLSQP', bounds=bnds,
...                constraints=cons)

It should converge to the theoretical solution (1.4 ,1.7).

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