In an optimisation problem , the objective is to locate a maximum or minimum (or extremum ) of some function, often called the objective function . The techniques of solving problems where the objective function depends only on one variable are introduced in an elementary calculus course soon after the concept of derivative of a function of one variable is discussed. The optimisation of functions of several variables is discussed after the concept of partial derivatives of such functions has been introduced.


Partial Derivative Quadratic Form Local Maximum Jacobian Matrix Hessian Matrix 
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  1. 1.Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Mohali)PanchkulaIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Mohali)ChandigarhIndia

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