Analysis of the BFGS Method with Errors

The classical convergence analysis of quasi-Newton methods assumes that the function and gradients employed at each iteration are exact. In this paper, we consider the case when there are (bounded) errors in both computations and establish conditions under which a slight modification of the BFGS algorithm with an Armijo-Wolfe line search converges to a neighborhood of the solution that is determined by the size of the errors. One of our results is an extension of the analysis presented in Byrd, R. H., & Nocedal, J. (1989), which establishes that, for strongly convex functions, a fraction of the BFGS iterates are good iterates. We present numerical results illustrating the performance of the new BFGS method in the presence of noise.



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