A Jacobi-type Newton method for Nash equilibrium problems with descent guarantees

A common strategy for solving an unconstrained two-player Nash equilibrium problem with continuous variables is applying Newton’s method to the system of nonlinear equations obtained by the corresponding first-order necessary optimality conditions. However, when taking into account the game dynamics, it is not clear what is the goal of each player when considering that they … Read more

Inexact Restoration for Minimization with Inexact Evaluation both of the Objective Function and the Constraints

In a recent paper an Inexact Restoration method for solving continuous constrained optimization problems was analyzed from the point of view of worst-case functional complexity and convergence. On the other hand, the Inexact Restoration methodology was employed, in a different research, to handle minimization problems with inexact evaluation and simple constraints. These two methodologies are … Read more

A support tool for planning classrooms considering social distancing between students

In this paper, we present the online tool salaplanejada.unifesp.br developed to assist the layout planning of classrooms considering the social distance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We address both the allocation problem in rooms where seats are fixed as well as the problem in rooms where seats can be moved freely. For the … Read more

An Augmented Lagrangian Method for Quasi-Equilibrium Problems

In this paper, we propose an Augmented Lagrangian algorithm for solving a general class of possible non-convex problems called quasi-equilibrium problems (QEPs). We define an Augmented Lagrangian bifunction associated with QEPs, introduce a secondary QEP as a measure of infeasibility and we discuss several special classes of QEPs within our theoretical framework. For obtaining global … Read more

Towards an efficient Augmented Lagrangian method for convex quadratic programming

Interior point methods have attracted most of the attention in the recent decades for solving large scale convex quadratic programming problems. In this paper we take a different route as we present an augmented Lagrangian method for convex quadratic programming based on recent developments for nonlinear programming. In our approach, box constraints are penalized while … Read more

On the complexity of solving feasibility problems

We consider feasibility problems defined by a set of constraints that exhibit gradient H\”older continuity plus additional constraints defined by the affordability of obtaining approximate minimizers of quadratic models onto the associated feasible set. Each iteration of the method introduced in this paper involves the approximate minimization of a two-norm regularized quadratic subject to the … Read more

On the complexity of an Inexact Restoration method for constrained optimization

Recent papers indicate that some algorithms for constrained optimization may exhibit worst-case complexity bounds that are very similar to those of unconstrained optimization algorithms. A natural question is whether well established practical algorithms, perhaps with small variations, may enjoy analogous complexity results. In the present paper we show that the answer is positive with respect … Read more

Optimality Conditions and Constraint Qualifications for Generalized Nash Equilibrium Problems and their Practical Implications

Generalized Nash Equilibrium Problems (GNEPs) are a generalization of the classic Nash Equilibrium Problems (NEPs), where each player’s strategy set depends on the choices of the other players. In this work we study constraint qualifications and optimality conditions tailored for GNEPs and we discuss their relations and implications for global convergence of algorithms. Surprisingly, differently … Read more

Sequential equality-constrained optimization for nonlinear programming

A new method is proposed for solving optimization problems with equality constraints and bounds on the variables. In the spirit of Sequential Quadratic Programming and Sequential Linearly-Constrained Programming, the new method approximately solves, at each iteration, an equality-constrained optimization problem. The bound constraints are handled in outer iterations by means of an Augmented Lagrangian scheme. … Read more

Assessing the reliability of general-purpose Inexact Restoration methods

Inexact Restoration methods have been proved to be effective to solve constrained optimization problems in which some structure of the feasible set induces a natural way of recovering feasibility from arbitrary infeasible points. Sometimes natural ways of dealing with minimization over tangent approximations of the feasible set are also employed. A recent paper [N. Banihashemi … Read more