A general branch-and-bound framework for continuous global multiobjective optimization

Current generalizations of the central ideas of single-objective branch-and-bound to the multiobjective setting do not seem to follow their train of thought all the way. The present paper complements the various suggestions for generalizations of partial lower bounds and of overall upper bounds by general constructions for overall lower bounds from partial lower bounds, and … Read more

Global Solution of the Clustering Problem via Graph Theoretical Approach

In this article we consider clustering problems which we model as a non-convex continuous minimization problem with the maximum norm representing the distance measure. We then reformulate this continuous problem in light of graph theoretical instances which enables us to construct a bisection algorithm converging to the globally minimal value of the original clustering problem … Read more

Deterministic upper bounds in global minimization with nonlinear equality constraints

We address the problem of deterministically determining upper bounds in continuous non-convex global minimization of box-constrained problems with equality constraints. These upper bounds are important for the termination of spatial branch-and-bound algorithms. Our method is based on the theorem of Miranda which helps to ensure the existence of feasible points in certain boxes. Then, the … Read more

Solving disjunctive optimization problems by generalized semi-infinite optimization techniques

We describe a new possibility to model disjunctive optimization problems as generalized semi-infinite programs. In contrast to existing methods, for our approach neither a conjunctive nor a disjunctive normal form is expected. Applying existing lower level reformulations for the corresponding semi-infinite program we derive conjunctive nonlinear problems without any logical expressions, which can be locally … Read more

An Enhanced Spatial Branch-and-Bound Method in Global Optimization with Nonconvex Constraints

We discuss some difficulties in determining valid upper bounds in spatial branch-and-bound methods for global minimization in the presence of nonconvex constraints. In fact, two examples illustrate that standard techniques for the construction of upper bounds may fail in this setting. Instead, we propose to perturb infeasible iterates along Mangasarian-Fromovitz directions to feasible points whose … Read more