Appendix A Review of Mathematical Results
A.1 Local Minimum and Maximum for Multi-Variable Functions
Recall that for a single-variable function, f (x), local extrema (local maxima or minima) can occur only at critical points. For single-variable functions
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Appendix A Review of Mathematical Results
A.1 Local Minimum and Maximum for Multi-Variable Functions
Recall that for a single-variable function, f (x), local extrema (local maxima or minima) can occur only at critical points. For single-variable functions