A new filter-trust-region algorithm for solving unconstrained nonlinear optimization problems is introduced. Based on the filter technique introduced by Fletcher and Leyffer, it extends an existing technique of Gould, Leyffer and Toint (SIAM J. Optim., to appear 2004) for nonlinear equations and nonlinear least-squares to the fully general unconstrained optimization problem. The new algorithm is shown to be globally convergent to at least one second-order critical point, and numerical experiments indicate that it is very competitive with more classical trust-region algorithms.
Report 04/03, Department of Mathematics, Univeristy of Namur, Namur, Belgium