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BB: An R Package for Solving a Large System of Nonlinear Equations and for Optimizing a High-Dimensional Nonlinear Objective Function

  • Ravi Varadhan
  • Paul Gilbert
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    We discuss R package BB, in particular, its capabilities for solving a nonlinear system of equations. The function BBsolve in BB can be used for this purpose. We demonstrate the utility of these functions for solving: (a) large systems of nonlinear equations, (b) smooth, nonlinear estimating equations in statistical modeling, and (c) non-smooth estimating equations arising in rank-based regression modeling of censored failure time data. The function BBoptim can be used to solve smooth, box-constrained optimization problems. A main strength of BB is that, due to its low memory and storage requirements, it is ideally suited for solving high-dimensional problems with thousands of variables.

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    Volume (Year): 32 ()
    Issue (Month): i04 ()
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    1. Ravi Varadhan & Christophe Roland, 2008. "Simple and Globally Convergent Methods for Accelerating the Convergence of Any EM Algorithm," Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, Danish Society for Theoretical Statistics;Finnish Statistical Society;Norwegian Statistical Association;Swedish Statistical Association, vol. 35(2), pages 335-353.
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