Jeffry D. Madura
Steepest Descents: Finding the Minimum in a Function
Theresa Julia Zielinski, Monmouth University
Jeffry D. Madura, Duquesne University
An introduction to the method of Steepest Descents for finding a minimum in a function. Countour maps are developed and search variables explored. A set of exercises using the 2-D Rosenbrock function, whichcontains a minimum that lies at the bottom of a banana shapedvalley completes the set of interactive exercises.