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The conjugate gradient and BFGS methods are described in detail in the following book,

- R. Fletcher, Practical Methods of Optimization (Second Edition) Wiley (1987), ISBN 0471915475.

A brief description of multidimensional minimization algorithms and more recent references can be found in,

- C.W. Ueberhuber, Numerical Computation (Volume 2), Chapter 14, Section 4.4 “Minimization Methods”, p. 325–335, Springer (1997), ISBN 3-540-62057-5.

The simplex algorithm is described in the following paper,

- J.A. Nelder and R. Mead, A simplex method for function minimization, Computer Journal vol. 7 (1965), 308–313.