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Algorithm::GoldenSection - Golden Section Search Algorithm for one-dimensional minimisation.


This document describes Algorithm::GoldenSection version 0.0.2


This module is an implementation of the Golden Section Search Algorithm for finding minima of a unimodal function. In order to isolate a minimum of a univariate functions the minimum must first be isolated. Consequently the program first bounds a minimum - i.e. the program initially creates a triplet of points: x_low < x_int < x_high, such that f(x_int) is lower than both f(x_low) and f(x_high). Thus we ensure that there is a local minimum within the interval: x_low-x_high. The program then uses the Golde Section Search algorithm to successively narrow down on the bounded region to find the minimum. See and

The module provides a Perl5OO interface. Simply construct a Algorithm::GoldenSection object with appropriate parameters - see "SYNOPSIS". Then call the minimise method. This returns a LIST of the value of x at the minimum, the value of f(x) at the minimum and the number of iterations used to isolate the minimum.


    use Algorithm::GoldenSection;
    # Create a Algorithm::GoldenSection object and pass it a CODE reference to the function to be minimised and initials values for x_low and x_int.
    $gs = Algorithm::GoldenSection->new( { function => sub { my $x = shift; my $b =  $x * sin($x) - 2 * cos($x); return $b },
                                        x_low    => 4,
                                        x_int    => 4.7,} ) ;
    # Call minimisation method to bracket and minimise.
    my ($x_min, $f_min, $iterations) = $gs->minimise;

    print qq{\nMinimisation results: x a minimum = $x_min, function value at minimum = $f_min. Calculation took $iterations iterations};


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