The Circus Tent Problem with R’s Quadprog

The MathWorks has an interesting demo on how the shape of a circus tent can be modeled as the solution of a quadratic program in MATLAB. In this post, we’ll show how to solve this same problem in R using the quadprog package and also provide the technical details not covered in the Mathwork’s example.… Read More The Circus Tent Problem with R’s Quadprog

Going viral with R’s igraph package

R’s igraph package provides a simple and flexible set of utilities for working with graphs.  In this post, we’ll use this package to animate the simulated spread of a disease through a network. Graphs A graph is just a collection of nodes joined by edges:

In graph models, the nodes of a graph typically… Read More Going viral with R’s igraph package

Solving Quadratic Progams with R’s quadprog package

In this post, we’ll explore a special type of nonlinear constrained optimization problems called quadratic programs. Quadratic programs appear in many practical applications, including portfolio optimization and in solving support vector machine (SVM) classification problems. There are several packages available to solve quadratic programs in R. Here, we’ll work with the quadprog package. Before we… Read More Solving Quadratic Progams with R’s quadprog package