Some Properties of Regularization and Penalization Schemes for MPECs

Some properties of regularized and penalized nonlinear programming formulations of mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPECs) are described. The focus is on the properties of these formulations near a local solution of the MPEC at which strong stationarity and a second-order sufficient condition are satisfied. In the regularized formulations, the complementarity condition is replaced by … Read more

A semidefinite programming heuristic for quadratic programming problems with complementarity constraints

The presence of complementarity constraints brings a combinatorial flavour to an optimization problem. A quadratic programming problem with complementarity constraints can be relaxed to give a semidefinite programming problem. The solution to this relaxation can be used to generate feasible solutions to the complementarity constraints. A quadratic programming problem is solved for each of these … Read more

Extension of Quasi-Newton Methods to Mathematical Programs with Complementarity Constraints

Quasi-Newton methods in conjunction with the piecewise sequential quadratic programming are investigated for solving mathematical programming with equilibrium constraints, in particular for problems with complementarity constraints. Local convergence as well as superlinear convergence of these quasi-Newton methods can be established under suitable assumptions. In particular, several well-known quasi-Newton methods such as BFGS and DFP are … Read more

Convergence of a Penalty Method for Mathematical Programmingwith ComplementarityConstraints

We adapt the convergence analysis of smoothing (Fukushima and Pang) and regularization (Scholtes) methods to a penalty framework for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs), and show that the penalty framework shares similar convergence properties to these methods. Moreover, we give sufficient conditions for a sequence generated by the penalty framework to be attracted to … Read more

Interior-Point Methods for Nonconvex Nonlinear Programming: Complementarity Constraints

In this paper, we present the formulation and solution of optimization problems with complementarity constraints using an interior-point method for nonconvex nonlinear programming. We identify possible difficulties that could arise, such as unbounded faces of dual variables, linear dependence of constraint gradients and initialization issues. We suggest remedies. We include encouraging numerical results on the … Read more