Sequential quadratic programming (SQP) methods are known to be effi- cient for solving a series of related nonlinear optimization problems because of desirable hot and warm start properties–a solution for one problem is a good estimate of the solution of the next. However, standard SQP solvers contain elements to enforce global convergence that can interfere with the potential to take advantage of these theoretical local properties in full. We present two new predictor-corrector procedures for solving a nonlinear program given a suf- ficiently accurate estimate of a similar problem. The procedures attempt to trace a homotopy path between solutions of the two problems, staying within the local domain of convergence for the series of problems generated. We provide theoretical convergence and tracking results, as well as some numerical results demonstrating the robustness and performance of the methods.
KULeuven ESAT STADIUS Internal Report Number 14-34 Submitted to Computational Optimization and Applications