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I've noticed (when checking newly created tags), that a tag called has been created.

It has the following tag-excerpt:

Questions related to maximizing or minimizing a expression or a function.

and the tag-wiki:

Related to applications of derivatives
max./min. of cost, a function expression etc.

(BTW it is nice that the creator of tag also created the tag-wiki. I think that people who create tags should do this, but not many of them do so.)

From my experience, such questions have been so far usually tagged as ; this tag has the following tag-excerpt at this moment:

Optimization is the process of choosing the "best" value among possible values. They are often formulated as questions on the minimization/maximization of functions, with or without constraints.

Based on the tag-excerpt this tag seems very suitable for this kind of questions. But the name is also good, because if someone asks about maximizing or minimizing a function and looks for an appropriate tag, they will probably start typing something containing max or min.


I would like to ask the following

  • Are there some different tags apart from which should be used for questions about finding extrema of functions?

  • Should and by synonymized?

  • Are there other names who should be useful as synonyms for or for ; which would help the users in choice of correct tags? (E.g. the user might be tempted to look for tag, when he asks question like this.)

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would be a nice synonym for , I think, so I propose a merger, with the proper term still as the tag of choice, and and as synonyms. Maybe put in and while we're at it...

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  • $\begingroup$ I wish the lone dissenter has a damn better idea than I do... $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Apr 18 '13 at 13:21
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    $\begingroup$ done. synonyms created. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Apr 20 '13 at 8:39

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