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st: -ml, dots- ?

From   Stas Kolenikov <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: -ml, dots- ?
Date   Tue, 8 Sep 2009 11:59:22 -0500

What does -dots- option of -maximize- do? I typed it just thinking
that I parse it in my program as an alternative to my own loglevel
(which I usually do; loglevel(0) means no output, loglevel(1)=dots
means some minimal output like one dot per a block of calculations,
and loglevels(2) or higher show some specific numbers from my
calculations), but then found out I didn't. Hence -dots- was passed to
-ml-, and was producing an output which I assume is a dot per each
likelihood evaluation. Most of the dots are white, but once in while
there are some three yellow dots, and they form a nice parabolic
structure on the screen. Sometimes a number of calls is printed out,
although that appears to be rather random: the first iteration
produced 50, 200, 1450, 2500, 2600 and some more; the second iteration
produced 50, 250, 950, 1750, etc. Just curious. I couldn't find
anything in the docs regarding this option.

Stas Kolenikov, also found at
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