LANCELOt_simple, a simple interface to LANCELOT B

We describe LANCELOT_simple, an interface to the LANCELOT B nonlinear optimization package within the GALAHAD} library (Gould, Orban, Toint, 2003) which ignores problem structure. The result is an easy-to-use Fortran 90 subroutine, with a small number of intuitively interpretable arguments. However, since structure is ignored, the means of presenting problems to the solver limited and … Read more

The Squared Slacks Transformation in Nonlinear Programming

We recall the use of squared slacks used to transform inequality constraints into equalities and several reasons why their introduction may be harmful in many algorithmic frameworks routinely used in nonlinear programming. Numerical examples performed with the sequential quadratic programming method illustrate those reasons. Citation Cahier du GERAD G-2007-62, Aug. 2007 Article Download View The … Read more

Dynamic updates of the barrier parameter in primal-dual methods for nonlinear programming

We introduce a framework in which updating rules for the barrier parameter in primal-dual interior-point methods become dynamic. The original primal-dual system is augmented to incorporate explicitly an updating function. A Newton step for the augmented system gives a primal-dual Newton step and also a step in the barrier parameter. Based on local information and … Read more

Finding optimal algorithmic parameters using a mesh adaptive direct search

The objectives of this paper are twofold; we first demonstrate the flexibility of the mesh adaptive direct search (MADS) in identifying locally optimal algorithmic parameters. This is done by devising a general framework for parameter tuning. The framework makes provision for surrogate objectives. Parameters are sought so as to minimize some measure of performance of … Read more

Sensitivity of trust-region algorithms on their parameters

In this paper, we examine the sensitivity of trust-region algorithms on the parameters related to the step acceptance and update of the trust region. We show, in the context of unconstrained programming, that the numerical efficiency of these algorithms can easily be improved by choosing appropriate parameters. Recommanded ranges of values for these parameters are … Read more

An interior-point L1-penalty method for nonlinear optimization

A mixed interior/exterior-point method for nonlinear programming is described, that handles constraints by an L1-penalty function. A suitable decomposition of the penalty terms and embedding of the problem into a higher-dimensional setting leads to an equivalent, surprisingly regular, reformulation as a smooth penalty problem only involving inequality constraints. The resulting problem may then be tackled … Read more

KNITRO-Direct: A Hybrid Interior Algorithm for Nonlinear Optimization

A hybrid interior-point method for nonlinear programming is presented. It enjoys the flexibility of switching between a line search based method which computes steps by factoring the primal-dual equations and an iterative method using a conjugate gradient algorithm and globalized by means of trust regions. Steps computed by a direct factorization are always tried first, … Read more

CUTEr (and SifDec), a Constrained and Unconstrained Testing Environment, revisited

The initial release of CUTE, a widely used testing environment for optimization software was described by Bongartz, Conn, Gould and Toint. The latest version, now known as CUTEr, is presented. New features include reorganisation of the environment to allow simultaneous multi-platform installation, new tools for, and interfaces to, optimization packages, and a considerably simplified and … Read more

Componentwise fast convergence in the solution of full-rank systems of nonlinear equations

The asymptotic convergence of parameterized variants of Newton’s method for the solution of nonlinear systems of equations is considered. The original system is perturbed by a term involving the variables and a scalar parameter which is driven to zero as the iteration proceeds. The exact local solutions to the perturbed systems then form a differentiable … Read more

Properties of the Log-Barrier Function on Degenerate Nonlinear Programs

We examine the sequence of local minimizers of the log-barrier function for a nonlinear program near a solution at which second-order sufficient conditions and the Mangasarian-Fromovitz constraint qualifications are satisfied, but the active constraint gradients are not necessarily linearly independent. When a strict complementarity condition is satisfied, we show uniqueness of the local minimizer of … Read more