Encyclopedia of Systems Biology

2013 Edition
| Editors: Werner Dubitzky, Olaf Wolkenhauer, Kwang-Hyun Cho, Hiroki Yokota

Objective Function

  • Maria Rodriguez-Fernandez
  • Francis J. DoyleIII
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9863-7_1420



In the field of mathematical optimization, the objective function is the performance index which quantifies the quality of a solution defined by a set of decision variables, i.e., the function to be maximized or minimized in an optimization problem (Banga 2008).



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Rodriguez-Fernandez
    • 1
  • Francis J. DoyleIII
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringInstitute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA