A class of derivative-free nonmonotone optimization algorithms employing coordinate rotations and gradient approximations

In this paper we study a class of derivative-free unconstrained minimization algorithms employing nonmonotone inexact linesearch techniques along a set of suitable search directions. In particular, we define globally convergent nonmonotone versions of some well-known derivative-free methods and we propose a new algorithm combining coordinate rotations with approximate simplex gradients. Through extensive numerical experimentation, we … Read more

SpeeDP: A new algorithm to compute the SDP relaxations of Max-Cut for very large graphs

We consider low-rank semidefinite programming (LRSDP) relaxations of unconstrained {-1,1} quadratic problems (or, equivalently, of Max-Cut problems) that can be formulated as the nonconvex nonlinear programming problem of minimizing a quadratic function subject to separable quadratic equality constraints. We prove the equivalence of the LRSDP problem with the unconstrained minimization of a new merit function … Read more