Recently, Fan [4, Math. Comput., 81 (2012), pp. 447-466] proposed a modified Levenberg-Marquardt (MLM) method for nonlinear equations. Using a trust region technique, global and cubic convergence of the MLM method is proved  under the local error bound condition, which is weaker than nonsingularity. The purpose of the paper is to investigate the convergence properties of the MLM method with a line search technique. Since the search direction of the MLM method may be not a descent direction, standard line searches can not be used directly. In this paper, we propose a nonmonote second order Armijo line search which guarantees the global convergence of the MLM method. Moreover, we prove that the unit step will be always accepted finally. Then cubic convergence of the MLM method is preserved under the local error bound condition.
Report,Changsha University of Science and Technology,8/2011