Why is the optimization toolbox removed in the matlab future release?

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Yu-Tai Lee
Yu-Tai Lee on 18 May 2016
Answered: Steve Grikschat on 2 Oct 2020
I would like to know the reasons of removing the optimization toolbox in future release.

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Alan Weiss
Alan Weiss on 18 May 2016
Edited: Alan Weiss on 18 May 2016
Optimization Toolbox is not going to be removed in a future release. However, the Optimization app, which you can launch using the optimtool command, will be removed in a future release.
The Optimization app is based on Java, and that basis is becoming increasingly problematic. Additionally, the app has not kept pace with development; for example, you cannot optimize MILP problems or particle swarms ( intlinprog or particleswarm ) using the app.
In the time since we started announcing the future removal of the app (first announced in R2015b), we have not received any negative feedback, or at least I am not aware of any. I am sorry if the announcement confused you as to what will happen.
Alan Weiss
MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation
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Alan Weiss
Alan Weiss on 3 Nov 2016
I am sorry, but we who work for MathWorks are enjoined from commenting on future plans. I mean, I am not allowed to tell you anything about stuff we are planning, I can only comment on stuff that we have already released.
Sorry.
Alan Weiss
MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation

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Steve Grikschat
Steve Grikschat on 2 Oct 2020
Update:
In R2020b, Optimization Toolbox and Global Optimization Toolbox now feature the Optimize Live Editor task, which is a graphical interface to solvers from both toolboxes that embeds in live scripts.
It's worth checking out for anyone who uses optimtool.
For a short intro, see this video
For more information

jackxujh
jackxujh on 14 Jul 2018
Edited: jackxujh on 14 Jul 2018
I just found that in the documentation page of R2018a , A link is given as Optimization App Alternatives.
It seems that there is no new GUI tool at this stage. Not sure if there is one in the future...

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