An adaptive regularization algorithm for unconstrained optimization with inexact function and derivatives values

An adaptive regularization algorithm for unconstrained nonconvex optimization is proposed that is capable of handling inexact objective-function and derivative values, and also of providing approximate minimizer of arbitrary order. In comparison with a similar algorithm proposed in Cartis, Gould, Toint (2022), its distinguishing feature is that it is based on controlling the relative error between … Read more

Strong Evaluation Complexity of An Inexact Trust-Region Algorithm for Arbitrary-Order Unconstrained Nonconvex Optimization

A trust-region algorithm using inexact function and derivatives values is introduced for solving unconstrained smooth optimization problems. This algorithm uses high-order Taylor models and allows the search of strong approximate minimizers of arbitrary order. The evaluation complexity of finding a $q$-th approximate minimizer using this algorithm is then shown, under standard conditions, to be $\mathcal{O}\big(\min_{j\in\{1,\ldots,q\}}\epsilon_j^{-(q+1)}\big)$ … Read more

Strong Evaluation Complexity Bounds for Arbitrary-Order Optimization of Nonconvex Nonsmooth Composite Functions

We introduce the concept of strong high-order approximate minimizers for nonconvex optimization problems. These apply in both standard smooth and composite non-smooth settings, and additionally allow convex or inexpensive constraints. An adaptive regularization algorithm is then proposed to find such approximate minimizers. Under suitable Lipschitz continuity assumptions, whenever the feasible set is convex, it is … Read more

On monotonic estimates of the norm of the minimizers of regularized quadratic functions in Krylov spaces

We show that the minimizers of regularized quadratic functions restricted to their natural Krylov spaces increase in Euclidean norm as the spaces expand. Citation Technical Report RAL-TR-2019-005, STFC-Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, England, April 5th 2019 Article Download View On monotonic estimates of the norm of the minimizers of regularized quadratic functions in Krylov spaces

Error estimates for iterative algorithms for minimizing regularized quadratic subproblems

We derive bounds for the objective errors and gradient residuals when finding approximations to the solution of common regularized quadratic optimization problems within evolving Krylov spaces. These provide upper bounds on the number of iterations required to achieve a given stated accuracy. We illustrate the quality of our bounds on given test examples. Citation Technical … Read more

Convergence and evaluation-complexity analysis of a regularized tensor-Newton method for solving nonlinear least-squares problems subject to convex constraints

Given a twice-continuously differentiable vector-valued function $r(x)$, a local minimizer of $\|r(x)\|_2$ within a convex set is sought. We propose and analyse tensor-Newton methods, in which $r(x)$ is replaced locally by its second-order Taylor approximation. Convergence is controlled by regularization of various orders. We establish global convergence to a constrained first-order critical point of $\|r(x)\|_2$, … Read more

Sharp worst-case evaluation complexity bounds for arbitrary-order nonconvex optimization with inexpensive constraints

We provide sharp worst-case evaluation complexity bounds for nonconvex minimization problems with general inexpensive constraints, i.e.\ problems where the cost of evaluating/enforcing of the (possibly nonconvex or even disconnected) constraints, if any, is negligible compared to that of evaluating the objective function. These bounds unify, extend or improve all known upper and lower complexity bounds … Read more

Worst-case evaluation complexity and optimality of second-order methods for nonconvex smooth optimization

We establish or refute the optimality of inexact second-order methods for unconstrained nonconvex optimization from the point of view of worst-case evaluation complexity, improving and generalizing the results of Cartis, Gould and Toint (2010,2011). To this aim, we consider a new general class of inexact second-order algorithms for unconstrained optimization that includes regularization and trust-region … Read more

Improved second-order evaluation complexity for unconstrained nonlinear optimization using high-order regularized models

The unconstrained minimization of a sufficiently smooth objective function $f(x)$ is considered, for which derivatives up to order $p$, $p\geq 2$, are assumed to be available. An adaptive regularization algorithm is proposed that uses Taylor models of the objective of order $p$ and that is guaranteed to find a first- and second-order critical point in … Read more

Optimality of orders one to three and beyond: characterization and evaluation complexity in constrained nonconvex optimization

Necessary conditions for high-order optimality in smooth nonlinear constrained optimization are explored and their inherent intricacy discussed. A two-phase minimization algorithm is proposed which can achieve approximate first-, second- and third-order criticality and its evaluation complexity is analyzed as a function of the choice (among existing methods) of an inner algorithm for solving subproblems in … Read more