This paper considers optimization of smooth nonconvex functionals in smooth infinite dimensional spaces. A Hölder gradient descent algorithm is first proposed for finding approximate first-order points of regularized polynomial functionals. This method is then applied to analyze the evaluation complexity of an adaptive regularization method which searches for approximate first-order points of functionals with $\beta$-H\"older continuous derivatives. It is shown that finding an $\epsilon$-approximate first-order point requires at most $O(\epsilon^{-\frac{p+\beta}{p+\beta-1}})$ evaluations of the functional and its first $p$ derivatives.

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