The cosine measure relative to a subspace

The cosine measure was introduced in 2003 to quantify the richness of a finite positive spanning sets of directions in the context of derivative-free directional methods. A positive spanning set is a set of vectors whose nonnegative linear combinations span the whole space. The present work extends the definition of cosine measure. In particular, the … Read more

Using orthogonally structured positive bases for constructing positive k-spanning sets with cosine measure guarantees

\(\) Positive spanning sets span a given vector space by nonnegative linear combinations of their elements. These have attracted significant attention in recent years, owing to their extensive use in derivative-free optimization. In this setting, the quality of a positive spanning set is assessed through its cosine measure, a geometric quantity that expresses how well … Read more

On the optimal order of worst case complexity of direct search

The worst case complexity of direct-search methods has been recently analyzed when they use positive spanning sets and impose a sufficient decrease condition to accept new iterates. Assuming that the objective function is smooth, it is now known that such methods require at most O(n^2 epsilon^{-2}) function evaluations to compute a gradient of norm below … Read more