A Linesearch-based Derivative-free Approach for Nonsmooth Optimization

In this paper, we propose new linesearch-based methods for nonsmooth optimization problems when first-order information on the problem functions is not available. In the first part, we describe a general framework for bound-constrained problems and analyze its convergence towards stationary points, using the Clarke-Jahn directional derivative. In the second part, we consider inequality constrained optimization … Read more

AINVk: a Class of Approximate Inverse Preconditioners based on Krylov-subspace methods, for Large Indefinite Linear Systems

We propose a class of preconditioners for symmetric linear systems arising from numerical analysis and nonconvex optimization frameworks. Our preconditioners are specifically suited for large indefinite linear systems and may be obtained as by-product of Krylov-subspace solvers, as well as by applying L-BFGS updates. Moreover, our proposal is also suited for the solution of a … Read more

A nonmonotone truncated Newton-Krylov method exploiting negative curvature directions, for large scale unconstrained optimization: complete results

We propose a new truncated Newton method for large scale unconstrained optimization, where a Conjugate Gradient (CG)-based technique is adopted to solve Newton’s equation. In the current iteration, the Krylov method computes a pair of search directions: the first approximates the Newton step of the quadratic convex model, while the second is a suitable negative … Read more

On the Geometry Phase in Model-Based Algorithms for Derivative-Free Optimization

A numerical study of model-based methods for derivative-free optimization is presented. These methods typically include a geometry phase whose goal is to ensure the adequacy of the interpolation set. The paper studies the performance of an algorithm that dispenses with the geometry phase altogether (and therefore does not attempt to control the position of the … Read more