# Root finding¤

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`optimistix.root_find(fn: Union[Callable[[~Y, Any], tuple[~Out, ~Aux]], Callable[[~Y, Any], ~Out]], solver: Union[AbstractRootFinder, AbstractLeastSquaresSolver, AbstractMinimiser], y0: ~Y, args: PyTree = None, options: Optional[dict[str, Any]] = None, *, has_aux: bool = False, max_steps: Optional[int] = 256, adjoint: AbstractAdjoint = ImplicitAdjoint(linear_solver=AutoLinearSolver(well_posed=None)), throw: bool = True, tags: frozenset[object] = frozenset()) -> Solution[~Y, ~Aux]`

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Solve a root-finding problem.

Given a nonlinear function `fn(y, args)`

which returns a pytree of arrays,
this returns the value `z`

such that `fn(z, args) = 0`

.

**Arguments:**

`fn`

: The function to find the roots of. This should take two arguments:`fn(y, args)`

and return a pytree of arrays not necessarily of the same shape as the input`y`

.`solver`

: The root-finder to use. This should be an`optimistix.AbstractRootFinder`

,`optimistix.AbstractLeastSquaresSolver`

, or`optimistix.AbstractMinimiser`

. If it is a least-squares solver or a minimiser, then the value`sum(fn(y, args)^2)`

is minimised.`y0`

: An initial guess for what`y`

may be.`args`

: Passed as the`args`

of`fn(y, args)`

.`options`

: Individual solvers may accept additional runtime arguments. See each individual solver's documentation for more details.`has_aux`

: If`True`

, then`fn`

may return a pair, where the first element is its function value, and the second is just auxiliary data. Keyword only argument.`max_steps`

: The maximum number of steps the solver can take. Keyword only argument.`adjoint`

: The adjoint method used to compute gradients through the fixed-point solve. Keyword only argument.`throw`

: How to report any failures. (E.g. an iterative solver running out of steps, or encountering divergent iterates.) If`True`

then a failure will raise an error. If`False`

then the returned solution object will have a`result`

field indicating whether any failures occured. (See`optimistix.Solution`

.) Keyword only argument.`tags`

: Lineax tags describing the any structure of the Jacobian of`fn`

with respect to`y`

. Used with some solvers (e.g.`optimistix.Newton`

), and with some adjoint methods (e.g.`optimistix.ImplicitAdjoint`

) to improve the efficiency of linear solves. Keyword only argument.

**Returns:**

An `optimistix.Solution`

object.

`optimistix.root_find`

supports any of the following root finders.

Info

In addition to the solvers listed here, any least squares solver or minimiser may also be used as the `solver`

. This is because finding the root `x`

for which `f(x) = 0`

can also be accomplished by finding the value `x`

for which `sum(f(x)^2)`

is minimised. If you pass in a least squares solver or minimiser, then Optimistix will automatically rewrite your problem to treat it in this way.

`optimistix.AbstractRootFinder`

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```
optimistix.AbstractRootFinder
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Abstract base class for all root finders.

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`init(self, fn: Callable[[~Y, Any], tuple[~Out, ~Aux]], y: ~Y, args: PyTree, options: dict[str, Any], f_struct: PyTree[jax.ShapeDtypeStruct], aux_struct: PyTree[jax.ShapeDtypeStruct], tags: frozenset[object]) -> ~SolverState`

`abstractmethod`

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Perform all initial computation needed to initialise the solver state.

For example, the `optimistix.Chord`

method computes the Jacobian `df/dy`

with respect to the initial guess `y`

, and then uses it throughout the
computation.

**Arguments:**

`fn`

: The function to iterate over. This is expected to take two argumetns`fn(y, args)`

and return a pytree of arrays in the first element, and any auxiliary data in the second argument.`y`

: The value of`y`

at the current (first) iteration.`args`

: Passed as the`args`

of`fn(y, args)`

.`options`

: Individual solvers may accept additional runtime arguments. See each individual solver's documentation for more details.`f_struct`

: A pytree of`jax.ShapeDtypeStruct`

s of the same shape as the output of`fn`

. This is used to initialise any information in the state which may rely on the pytree structure, array shapes, or dtype of the output of`fn`

.`aux_struct`

: A pytree of`jax.ShapeDtypeStruct`

s of the same shape as the auxiliary data returned by`fn`

.`tags`

: exact meaning depends on whether this is a fixed point, root find, least squares, or minimisation problem; see their relevant entry points.

**Returns:**

A PyTree representing the initial state of the solver.

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`step(self, fn: Callable[[~Y, Any], tuple[~Out, ~Aux]], y: ~Y, args: PyTree, options: dict[str, Any], state: ~SolverState, tags: frozenset[object]) -> tuple[~Y, ~SolverState, ~Aux]`

`abstractmethod`

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Perform one step of the iterative solve.

**Arguments:**

`fn`

: The function to iterate over. This is expected to take two argumetns`fn(y, args)`

and return a pytree of arrays in the first element, and any auxiliary data in the second argument.`y`

: The value of`y`

at the current (first) iteration.`args`

: Passed as the`args`

of`fn(y, args)`

.`options`

: Individual solvers may accept additional runtime arguments. See each individual solver's documentation for more details.`state`

: A pytree representing the state of a solver. The shape of this pytree is solver-dependent.`tags`

: exact meaning depends on whether this is a fixed point, root find, least squares, or minimisation problem; see their relevant entry points.

**Returns:**

A 3-tuple containing the new `y`

value in the first element, the next solver
state in the second element, and the aux output of `fn(y, args)`

in the third
element.

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`terminate(self, fn: Callable[[~Y, Any], tuple[~Out, ~Aux]], y: ~Y, args: PyTree, options: dict[str, Any], state: ~SolverState, tags: frozenset[object]) -> tuple[Array, RESULTS]`

`abstractmethod`

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Determine whether or not to stop the iterative solve.

**Arguments:**

`fn`

: The function to iterate over. This is expected to take two argumetns`fn(y, args)`

and return a pytree of arrays in the first element, and any auxiliary data in the second argument.`y`

: The value of`y`

at the current iteration.`args`

: Passed as the`args`

of`fn(y, args)`

.`options`

: Individual solvers may accept additional runtime arguments. See each individual solver's documentation for more details.`state`

: A pytree representing the state of a solver. The shape of this pytree is solver-dependent.`tags`

: exact meaning depends on whether this is a fixed point, root find, least squares, or minimisation problem; see their relevant entry points.

**Returns:**

A 2-tuple containing a bool indicating whether or not to stop iterating in the
first element, and an `optimistix.RESULTS`

object in the second element.

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`postprocess(self, fn: Callable[[~Y, Any], tuple[~Out, ~Aux]], y: ~Y, aux: ~Aux, args: PyTree, options: dict[str, Any], state: ~SolverState, tags: frozenset[object], result: RESULTS) -> tuple[~Y, ~Aux, dict[str, Any]]`

`abstractmethod`

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Any final postprocessing to perform on the result of the solve.

**Arguments:**

`fn`

: The function to iterate over. This is expected to take two argumetns`fn(y, args)`

and return a pytree of arrays in the first element, and any auxiliary data in the second argument.`y`

: The value of`y`

at the last iteration.`aux`

: The auxiliary output at the last iteration.`args`

: Passed as the`args`

of`fn(y, args)`

.`options`

: Individual solvers may accept additional runtime arguments. See each individual solver's documentation for more details.`state`

: A pytree representing the final state of a solver. The shape of this pytree is solver-dependent.`tags`

: exact meaning depends on whether this is a fixed point, root find, least squares, or minimisation problem; see their relevant entry points.`result`

: as returned by the final call to`terminate`

.

**Returns:**

A 3-tuple of:

`final_y`

: the final`y`

to return as the solution of the solve.`final_aux`

: the final`aux`

to return as the auxiliary output of the solve.`stats`

: any additional information to place in the`sol.stats`

dictionary.

Info

Most solvers will not need to use this, so that this method may be defined as:

```
def postprocess(self, fn, y, aux, args, options, state, tags, result):
return y, aux, {}
```

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optimistix.Newton (AbstractRootFinder)
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Newton's method for root finding. Also sometimes known as Newton--Raphson.

Unlike the SciPy implementation of Newton's method, the Optimistix version also
works for vector-valued (or PyTree-valued) `y`

.

This solver optionally accepts the following `options`

:

`lower`

: The lower bound on the hypercube which contains the root. Should be a PyTree of arrays each broadcastable to the corresponding element of`y`

. The iterates of`y`

will be clipped to this hypercube.`upper`

: The upper bound on the hypercube which contains the root. Should be a PyTree of arrays each broadcastable to the corresponding element of`y`

. The iterates of`y`

will be clipped to this hypercube.

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`__init__(self, rtol: float, atol: float, norm: Callable[[PyTree], Shaped[Array, '']] = <function max_norm>, kappa: float = 0.01, linear_solver: AbstractLinearSolver = AutoLinearSolver(well_posed=None), cauchy_termination: bool = True)`

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optimistix.Chord (AbstractRootFinder)
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The Chord method of root finding.

This is equivalent to the Newton method, except that the Jacobian is computed only
once at the initial point `y0`

, and then reused throughout the computation. This is
a useful way to cheapen the solve, if `y0`

is expected to be a good initial guess
and the target function does not change too rapidly. (For example this is the
standard technique used in implicit Runge--Kutta methods, when solving differential
equations.)

This solver optionally accepts the following `options`

:

`lower`

: The lower bound on the hypercube which contains the root. Should be a PyTree of arrays each broadcastable to the corresponding element of`y`

. The iterates of`y`

will be clipped to this hypercube.`upper`

: The upper bound on the hypercube which contains the root. Should be a PyTree of arrays each broadcastable to the corresponding element of`y`

. The iterates of`y`

will be clipped to this hypercube.

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`__init__(self, rtol: float, atol: float, norm: Callable[[PyTree], Shaped[Array, '']] = <function max_norm>, kappa: float = 0.01, linear_solver: AbstractLinearSolver = AutoLinearSolver(well_posed=None), cauchy_termination: bool = True)`

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optimistix.Bisection (AbstractRootFinder)
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The bisection method of root finding. This may only be used with functions
`R->R`

, i.e. functions with scalar input and scalar output.

This requires the following `options`

:

`lower`

: The lower bound on the interval which contains the root.`upper`

: The upper bound on the interval which contains the root.

Which are passed as, for example,
`optimistix.root_find(..., options=dict(lower=0, upper=1))`

This algorithm works by considering the interval `[lower, upper]`

, checking the
sign of the evaluated function at the midpoint of the interval, and then keeping
whichever half contains the root. This is then repeated. The iteration stops once
the interval is sufficiently small.

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`__init__(self, rtol: float, atol: float, flip: Union[bool, Literal['detect']] = 'detect')`

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optimistix.BestSoFarRootFinder (AbstractRootFinder)
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Wraps another root-finder, to return the best-so-far value. That is, it
makes a copy of the best `y`

seen, and returns that.