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I am trying to find numerically $\arg\min_{x\in(1, +\infty),y\in(0, 1)}\sum_i\log(xy+\alpha_ix+\beta_iy+\gamma_i)$, where the sum has a large number of terms, and the coefficients are such that the expression is always defined ($\alpha_i, \gamma_i$>0, $\beta_i>-1$).

Of course, one can rephrase this as trying to solve the following system: $\sum_i\frac{y+\alpha_i}{xy+\alpha_ix+\beta_iy+\gamma_i}=\sum_i\frac{x+\beta_iy}{xy+\alpha_ix+\beta_iy+\gamma_i}=0$.

Is there any theory behind this kind of equations?

Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ Also posted to MO, mathoverflow.net/questions/90323/…. That's very bad form. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Mar 6 '12 at 4:20
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I did not intend to be rude. Is this explicitly discouraged somewhere? $\endgroup$ – antony Mar 6 '12 at 8:26
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    $\begingroup$ It is common sense that if you ask people for help you level with them. Not telling them you're also asking for help somewhere else is not leveling. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Mar 6 '12 at 9:05
  • $\begingroup$ Further to Gerry's comments: It could easily happen that if Gerry hadn't noticed the cross-post, people on both sites would have put their time into answering the question, not knowing it's already been answered on the other site. $\endgroup$ – joriki Mar 6 '12 at 11:08
  • $\begingroup$ Or I could close the question myself on one site when it is answered on the other site... $\endgroup$ – antony Mar 6 '12 at 22:41

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