Find minimum of single-variable function on fixed interval
fminbnd is a one-dimensional minimizer
that finds a minimum for a problem specified by
x, x1, and x2 are finite scalars, and f(x) is a function that returns a scalar.
Find the point where the function takes its minimum in the range .
fun = @sin; x1 = 0; x2 = 2*pi; x = fminbnd(fun,x1,x2)
x = 4.7124
To display precision, this is the same as the correct value .
ans = 4.7124
Minimize a Function Specified by a File
Minimize a function that is specified by a separate function file. A function accepts a point
x and returns a real scalar representing the value of the objective function at
Write the following function as a file, and save the file as
scalarobjective.m on your MATLAB® path.
function f = scalarobjective(x) f = 0; for k = -10:10 f = f + (k+1)^2*cos(k*x)*exp(-k^2/2); end
x that minimizes
scalarobjective on the interval 1 <=
x <= 3.
x = fminbnd(@scalarobjective,1,3)
x = 2.0061
Minimize with Extra Parameter
Minimize a function when there is an extra parameter. The function has a minimum that depends on the value of the parameter . Create an anonymous function of that includes the value of the parameter . Minimize this function over the interval .
a = 9/7; fun = @(x)sin(x-a); x = fminbnd(fun,1,2*pi)
x = 5.9981
This answer is correct; the theoretical value is
3*pi/2 + 9/7
ans = 5.9981
For more information about including extra parameters, see Parameterizing Functions.
Monitor the steps
fminbnd takes to minimize the function for .
fun = @sin; x1 = 0; x2 = 2*pi; options = optimset('Display','iter'); x = fminbnd(fun,x1,x2,options)
Func-count x f(x) Procedure 1 2.39996 0.67549 initial 2 3.88322 -0.67549 golden 3 4.79993 -0.996171 golden 4 5.08984 -0.929607 parabolic 5 4.70582 -0.999978 parabolic 6 4.7118 -1 parabolic 7 4.71239 -1 parabolic 8 4.71236 -1 parabolic 9 4.71242 -1 parabolic Optimization terminated: the current x satisfies the termination criteria using OPTIONS.TolX of 1.000000e-04
x = 4.7124
Find Minimum Location and Function Value
Find the location of the minimum of and the value of the minimum for .
fun = @sin; [x,fval] = fminbnd(fun,1,2*pi)
x = 4.7124
fval = -1.0000
Obtain All Information
Return all information about the
fminbnd solution process by requesting all outputs. Also, monitor the solution process using a plot function.
fun = @sin; x1 = 0; x2 = 2*pi; options = optimset('PlotFcns',@optimplotfval); [x,fval,exitflag,output] = fminbnd(fun,x1,x2,options)
x = 4.7124
fval = -1.0000
exitflag = 1
output = struct with fields: iterations: 8 funcCount: 9 algorithm: 'golden section search, parabolic interpolation' message: 'Optimization terminated:...'
fun — Function to minimize
function handle | function name
Function to minimize, specified as a function handle or function name.
fun is a function that accepts a real scalar
x and returns a real scalar
objective function evaluated at
fun as a function handle for a file:
x = fminbnd(@myfun,x1,x2)
myfun is a MATLAB® function such as
function f = myfun(x) f = ... % Compute function value at x
You can also specify
fun as a function handle for an
x = fminbnd(@(x)norm(x)^2,x1,x2);
fun = @(x)-x*exp(-3*x)
x1 — Lower bound
finite real scalar
Lower bound, specified as a finite real scalar.
x1 = -3
x2 — Upper bound
finite real scalar
Upper bound, specified as a finite real scalar.
x2 = 5
options — Optimization options
structure such as
Optimization options, specified as a structure such as
optimset returns. You can use
optimset to set or change
the values of these fields in the options structure. See Set Optimization Options for detailed
Level of display (see Optimization Solver Iterative Display):
Check whether objective function values are valid.
Maximum number of function evaluations allowed, a
positive integer. The default is
Maximum number of iterations allowed, a positive
integer. The default is
Specify one or more user-defined functions that an
optimization function calls at each iteration, either as
a function handle or as a cell array of function
handles. The default is none (
Plots various measures of progress while the
algorithm executes, select from predefined plots or
write your own. Pass a function handle or a cell array
of function handles. The default is none
For information on writing a custom plot function, see Optimization Solver Plot Functions.
Termination tolerance on
problem — Problem structure
Problem structure, specified as a structure with the following fields.
|Options structure such as returned by |
x — Solution
Solution, returned as a real scalar. Typically,
a local solution to the problem when
fval — Objective function value at solution
Objective function value at the solution, returned as a real
exitflag — Reason
fminbnd stopped, returned as an integer.
Function converged to a solution
Number of iterations exceeded
Stopped by an output function or plot function.
The bounds are inconsistent, meaning
output — Information about the optimization process
Information about the optimization process, returned as a structure with fields:
Number of iterations taken
Number of function evaluations
The function to be minimized must be continuous.
fminbndmight only give local solutions.
fminbndcan exhibit slow convergence when the solution is on a boundary of the interval.
fminbnd is a function file. The algorithm
is based on golden section search and parabolic interpolation. Unless
the left endpoint x1 is
very close to the right endpoint x2,
fun at the endpoints, so
only be defined for x in the interval x1 < x < x2.
If the minimum actually occurs at x1 or x2,
x in the interior of the interval (x1,x2)
that is close to the minimizer. In this case, the distance of
the minimizer is no more than
2*(TolX + 3*abs(x)*sqrt(eps)). See  or  for details
about the algorithm.
The Optimize Live Editor task provides a visual interface for
 Forsythe, G. E., M. A. Malcolm, and C. B. Moler. Computer Methods for Mathematical Computations. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1976.
 Brent, Richard. P. Algorithms for Minimization without Derivatives. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1973.
C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.
For C/C++ code generation:
fminbnddoes not support the problem structure argument.
Displayoption and does not give iterative display or an exit message. To check solution quality, examine the exit flag.
The output structure does not include the
Run code in the background using MATLAB®
backgroundPool or accelerate code with Parallel Computing Toolbox™
This function fully supports thread-based environments. For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions in Thread-Based Environment.