|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Computer Science|
|Editors||A. Ralston, E. D. Reilly, Jr.|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Van Nostrand Reinhold Company|
|Number of pages||2|
|State||Published - 1983|
Mathematical optimization deals with the problem of finding (or approximating) a point that gives an optimal (minimal or maximal) value to some function (called the objective function), subject to some additional conditions (called constraints).
Bibliographical noteAlso in: Third Edition, 1993, pp. 1003-1005.
A revised version appears in: Encyclopedia of Computer Science, (A. Ralston, E.D. Reilly and D. Hemmendinger, Editors), Nature Publishing Group, London, UK, Fourth Edition, 2000, pp. 1339ñ1341.