Efficient composite heuristics for integer bound constrained noisy optimization

This paper discusses a composite algorithm for bound constrained noisy derivative-free optimization problems with integer variables. This algorithm is an integer variant of the matrix adaptation evolution strategy. An integer derivative-free line search strategy along affine scaling matrix directions is used to generate candidate points. Each affine scaling matrix direction is a product of the … Read more

LMBOPT — a limited memory method for bound-constrained optimization

Recently, Neumaier and Azmi gave a comprehensive convergence theory for a generic algorithm for bound constrained optimization problems with a continuously differentiable objective function. The algorithm combines an active set strategy with a gradient-free line search CLS along a piecewise linear search path defined by directions chosen to reduce zigzagging. This paper describes LMBOPT, an … Read more

Line search and convergence in bound-constrained optimization

The first part of this paper discusses convergence properties of a new line search method for the optimization of continuously differentiable functions with Lipschitz continuous gradient. The line search uses (apart from the gradient at the current best point) function values only. After deriving properties of the new, in general curved, line search, global convergence … Read more

Efficient global unconstrained black box optimization

For the unconstrained optimization of black box functions, this paper introduces a new randomized algorithm called VRBBO. In practice, VRBBO matches the quality of other state-of-the-art algorithms for finding, in small and large dimensions, a local minimizer with reasonable accuracy. Although our theory guarantees only local minimizers our heuristic techniques turn VRBBO into an efficient … Read more

Rigorous global filtering methods with interval unions

This paper presents rigorous filtering methods for constraint satisfaction problems based on the interval union arithmetic. Interval unions are finite sets of closed and disjoint intervals that generalize the interval arithmetic. They allow a natural representation of the solution set of interval powers, trigonometric functions and the division by intervals containing zero. We show that … Read more

A computational study of global optimization solvers on two trust region subproblems

One of the relevant research topics to which Chris Floudas contributed was quadratically constrained quadratic programming (QCQP). This paper considers one of the simplest hard cases of QCQP, the two trust region subproblem (TTRS). In this case, one needs to minimize a quadratic function constrained by the intersection of two ellipsoids. The Lagrangian dual of … Read more

Solving nonsmooth convex optimization with complexity (\eps^{-1/2})$

This paper describes an algorithm for solving structured nonsmooth convex optimization problems using OSGA, a first-order method with the complexity $O(\eps^{-2})$ for Lipschitz continuous nonsmooth problems and $O(\eps^{-1/2})$ for smooth problems with Lipschitz continuous gradient. If the nonsmoothness of the problem is manifested in a structured way, we reformulate the problem in a form that … Read more

An optimal subgradient algorithm with subspace search for costly convex optimization problems

This paper presents an acceleration of the optimal subgradient algorithm OSGA \cite{NeuO} for solving convex optimization problems, where the objective function involves costly affine and cheap nonlinear terms. We combine OSGA with a multidimensional subspace search technique, which leads to low-dimensional problem that can be solved efficiently. Numerical results concerning some applications are reported. A … Read more

An optimal subgradient algorithm for large-scale bound-constrained convex optimization

This paper shows that the OSGA algorithm — which uses first-order information to solve convex optimization problems with optimal complexity — can be used to efficiently solve arbitrary bound-constrained convex optimization problems. This is done by constructing an explicit method as well as an inexact scheme for solving the bound-constrained rational subproblem required by OSGA. … Read more