Implementation Issues in CSDP

CSDP is a software package that implements the XZ primal–dual interior point method for semidefinite programming. In this method there are a number of computationally intensive steps including the construction of the Schur complement matrix $O$, the factorization of $O$, multiplications of matrices of size $n$ and Cholesky factorizations of matrices of size $n$. Profiling … Read more

Self-scaled barrier functions on symmetric cones and their classification

Self-scaled barrier functions on self-scaled cones were introduced through a set of axioms in 1994 by Y.E. Nesterov and M.J. Todd as a tool for the construction of long-step interior point algorithms. This paper provides firm foundation for these objects by exhibiting their symmetry properties, their intimate ties with the symmetry groups of their domains … Read more

The Integration of an Interior-Point Cutting-Plane Method within a Branch-and-Price Algorithm

This paper presents a novel integration of interior point cutting plane methods within branch-and-price algorithms. Unlike the classical method, columns are generated at a “central” dual solution by applying the analytic centre cutting plane method (ACCPM) on the dual of the full master problem. First, we introduce improvements to ACCPM. We propose a new procedure … Read more

Multiscale Concepts for Moving Horizon Optimization

In chemical engineering complex dynamic optimization problems formulated on moving horizons have to be solved on-line. In this work, we present a multiscale approach based on wavelets where a hierarchy of successively, adaptively refined problems are constructed.They are solved in the framework of nested iteration as long as the real-time restrictions are fulfilled. To avoid … Read more

Mixed variable optimization of the number and composition of heat intercepts in a thermal insulation system

In the literature, thermal insulation systems with a fixed number of heat intercepts have been optimized with respect to intercept locations and temperatures. The number of intercepts and the types of insulators that surround them were chosen by parametric studies. This was because the optimization methods used could not treat such categorical variables. Discrete optimization … Read more

Pattern search algorithms for mixed variable programming

Many engineering optimization problems involve a special kind of discrete variable that {\em can} be represented by a number, but this representation has no significance. Such variables arise when a decision involves some situation like a choice from an unordered list of categories. This has two implications: The standard approach of solving problems with continuous … Read more

Convergence Results for Pattern Search Algorithms are Tight

Recently, general definitions of pattern search methods for both unconstrained and linearly constrained optimization were presented. It was shown under mild conditions, that there exists a subsequence of iterates converging to a stationary point. In the unconstrained case, stronger results are derived under additional assumptions. In this paper, we present three small dimensioned examples showing … Read more

A Pattern Search Filter Method for Nonlinear Programming without Derivatives

This paper presents and analyzes a pattern search method for general constrained optimization based on filter methods for step acceptance. Roughly, a filter method accepts a step that either improves the objective function value or the value of some function that measures the constraint violation. The new algorithm does not compute or approximate any derivatives, … Read more

Benchmarking optimization software with performance profiles

We propose performance profiles — probability distribution functions for a performance metric — as a tool for benchmarking and comparing optimization software. We show that performance profiles combine the best features of other tools for performance evaluation. Citation benchmarking, performance, evaluation Article Download View Benchmarking optimization software with performance profiles

Discrete convexity and unimodularity. I.

In this article we introduce a theory of convexity for the lattices of integer points, which we call a theory of discrete convexity. In particular, we obtain generalizations of Edmonds’ polymatroid intersection theorem and the Hoffman-Kruskal theorem as consequences of our constructions. Citation Advances in Mathematics (to appear) Article Download View Discrete convexity and unimodularity. … Read more