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How to solve the optimization problem where constraint is calculated thorough the loop?

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I have a matlab code which contains loop and has a structure similar to following (ignore the syntax). I am trying to use matlab optimization toolbox to minimize the objective_funtion. The problem I am facing is defining the constraint. It seems that the matlab optimization toolbox doesn't allow constraint variable to be calculated through the loop. How do I solve problem like this?
% optimization variables
a % it is the array of data with hourly resolution
% Loop to calculate constraint variables
for i=1:length(a)
%%% here some calculation is done using a, b, and c
if (Certain Condition) satisfies
calculation(i) = funtion1(a, b, c, other variables)
calculation(i) = funtion2(a, b, c, other variables)
sum_calculation = sum(calculation);
objective_funtion = funtion3(a,b,c, other variables including sum_calculaiton)
cosntraint = sum_calculation>= 4000

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Sudarsanan A K
Sudarsanan A K el 25 de Mzo. de 2024
Hi Anup,
When dealing with optimization problems in MATLAB, especially with constraints that depend on calculations within a loop, the key is to encapsulate your loop and any dependent calculations within a function that can be passed to the optimization solver as a constraint. MATLAB's optimization toolbox solvers, such as "fmincon", allow you to define both equality and inequality constraints through function handles that return the values of those constraints.
Here is a simple example where we aim to minimize a quadratic objective function subject to a constraint that involves a sum calculated in a loop:
  • Set up and call the optimization solver.
% Initial guesses for a and b
initialGuess = [0, 0];
% No linear inequality or equality constraints
A = [];
b = [];
Aeq = [];
beq = [];
% No bounds
lb = [];
ub = [];
% Options
options = optimoptions('fmincon', 'Display', 'iter', 'Algorithm', 'sqp');
% Solve
[x, fval] = fmincon(@objectiveFunction, initialGuess, A, b, Aeq, beq, lb, ub, @constraintFunction, options);
Iter Func-count Fval Feasibility Step Length Norm of First-order step optimality 0 3 0.000000e+00 4.000e+02 1.000e+00 0.000e+00 1.490e-08 1 6 3.200000e+02 0.000e+00 1.000e+00 1.789e+01 1.600e+01 2 9 3.200000e+02 5.684e-14 1.000e+00 4.553e-07 5.638e-07 Local minimum found that satisfies the constraints. Optimization completed because the objective function is non-decreasing in feasible directions, to within the value of the optimality tolerance, and constraints are satisfied to within the value of the constraint tolerance.
% Display the optimized variables and objective function value
disp(['Optimized a: ', num2str(x(1))]);
Optimized a: 8
disp(['Optimized b: ', num2str(x(2))]);
Optimized b: 16
disp(['Minimum objective function value: ', num2str(fval)]);
Minimum objective function value: 320
  • Create the objective function "objectiveFunction" (e.g., ):
function obj = objectiveFunction(x)
% x is a vector where x(1) = a and x(2) = b
a = x(1);
b = x(2);
% Objective function
obj = a^2 + b^2;
  • Create the constraint function "constraintFunction" (The constraint will be that the sum of over iterations is greater than or equal to ):
function [c, ceq] = constraintFunction(x)
a = x(1);
b = x(2);
% Initialize the sum calculation
sumCalculation = 0;
% Example loop that could represent more complex calculations
for i = 1:10
sumCalculation = sumCalculation + (a + 2*b);
% Inequality constraint (should be <= 0 to be satisfied)
c = 400 - sumCalculation; % This constraint expects sumCalculation >= 400 for satisfaction
% No equality constraints
ceq = [];
This example demonstrates how to set up and solve a constrained optimization problem in MATLAB, where the constraint involves calculations that are represented by a loop.
For more information about the "fmilncon" function, refer to this documentation link:
For understanding the use-cases of anonymous functions, refer to this resource:
I hope this helps!
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Anup el 25 de Mzo. de 2024
Hi @Sudarsanan A K, Thank you for the response. I have edited the problem above. In my code here, there are lots of conditional statements just like the edited code above. Apparantly, I now think that the problem is not the loop but the conditional statements present inside of the loop. Is there a way to address this?

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