# Optimization problem

## Problem of finding the best feasible solution / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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For broader coverage of this topic, see Mathematical optimization.

In mathematics, engineering, computer science and economics, an **optimization problem** is the problem of finding the *best* solution from all feasible solutions.

Optimization problems can be divided into two categories, depending on whether the variables are continuous or discrete:

- An optimization problem with discrete variables is known as a
*discrete optimization*, in which an object such as an integer, permutation or graph must be found from a countable set. - A problem with continuous variables is known as a
*continuous optimization*, in which an optimal value from a continuous function must be found. They can include constrained problems and multimodal problems.