On optimality conditions for nonlinear conic programming

Sequential optimality conditions have played a major role in proving stronger global convergence results of numerical algorithms for nonlinear programming. Several extensions have been described in conic contexts, where many open questions have arisen. In this paper, we present new sequential optimality conditions in the context of a general nonlinear conic framework, which explains and … Read more

On Constraint Qualifications for Second-Order Optimality Conditions Depending on a Single Lagrange Multiplier.

Second-order optimality conditions play an important role in continuous optimization. In this paper, we present and discuss new constraint qualifications to ensure the validity of some well-known second-order optimality conditions. Our main interest is on second-order conditions that can be associated with numerical methods for solving constrained optimization problems. Such conditions depend on a single … Read more

Optimality conditions for nonlinear second-order cone programming and symmetric cone programming

Nonlinear symmetric cone programming (NSCP) generalizes important optimization problems such as nonlinear programming, nonlinear semidefinite programming and nonlinear second-order cone programming (NSOCP). In this work, we present two new optimality conditions for NSCP without constraint qualifications, which implies the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions under a condition weaker than Robinson’s constraint qualification. In addition, we show the relationship … Read more

On the Relation between MPECs and Optimization Problems in Abs-Normal Form

We show that the problem of unconstrained minimization of a function in abs-normal form is equivalent to identifying a certain stationary point of a counterpart Mathematical Program with Equilibrium Constraints (MPEC). Hence, concepts introduced for the abs-normal forms turn out to be closely related to established concepts in the theory of MPECs. We give a … Read more

Optimality conditions and global convergence for nonlinear semidefinite programming

Sequential optimality conditions have played a major role in unifying and extending global convergence results for several classes of algorithms for general nonlinear optimization. In this paper, we extend theses concepts for nonlinear semidefinite programming. We define two sequential optimality conditions for nonlinear semidefinite programming. The first is a natural extension of the so-called Approximate-Karush-Kuhn-Tucker … Read more

New Constraint Qualifications with Second-Order Properties in Nonlinear Optimization

In this paper we present and discuss new constraint qualifications to ensure the validity of well known second-order properties in nonlinear optimization. Here, we discuss conditions related to the so-called basic second-order condition, where a new notion of polar pairing is introduced in order to replace the polar operation, useful in the first-order case. We … 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

A sequential optimality condition related to the quasinormality constraint qualification and its algorithmic consequences

In the present paper, we prove that the augmented Lagrangian method converges to KKT points under the quasinormality constraint qualification, which is associated with the external penalty theory. For this purpose, a new sequential optimality condition for smooth constrained optimization, called PAKKT, is defined. The new condition takes into account the sign of the dual … Read more

Two New Weak Constraint Qualifications for Mathematical Programs with Equilibrium Constraints and Applications

We introduce two new weaker Constraint Qualifications (CQs) for Mathematical Programs with Equilibrium (or Complementarity) Constraints, MPEC for short. One of them is a tailored version of the Constant Rank of Subspace Component (CRSC) and the other is a relaxed version of the MPEC-No Nonzero Abnormal Multiplier Constraint Qualification (MPEC-NNAMCQ). Both incorporate the exact set … Read more

A second-order optimality condition with first- and second-order complementarity associated with global convergence of algorithms

We develop a new notion of second-order complementarity with respect to the tangent subspace related to second-order necessary optimality conditions by the introduction of so-called tangent multipliers. We prove that around a local minimizer, a second-order stationarity residual can be driven to zero while controlling the growth of Lagrange multipliers and tangent multipliers, which gives … Read more