Inexact Restoration method for Derivative-Free Optimization with smooth constraints

A new method is introduced for solving constrained optimization problems in which the derivatives of the constraints are available but the derivatives of the objective function are not. The method is based on the Inexact Restoration framework, by means of which each iteration is divided in two phases. In the first phase one considers only … Read more

Constrained Derivative-Free Optimization on Thin Domains

Many derivative-free methods for constrained problems are not efficient for minimizing functions on “thin” domains. Other algorithms, like those based on Augmented Lagrangians, deal with thin constraints using penalty-like strategies. When the constraints are computationally inexpensive but highly nonlinear, these methods spend many potentially expensive objective function evaluations motivated by the difficulties of improving feasibility. … Read more

Augmented Lagrangian method with nonmonotone penalty parameters for constrained optimization

At each outer iteration of standard Augmented Lagrangian methods one tries to solve a box-constrained optimization problem with some prescribed tolerance. In the continuous world, using exact arithmetic, this subproblem is always solvable. Therefore, the possibility of finishing the subproblem resolution without satisfying the theoretical stopping conditions is not contemplated in usual convergence theories. However, … Read more

Computational experience with modified conjugate gradient methods for unconstrained optimization

In this report, several modifications of the nonlinear conjugate gradient method are described and investigated. Theoretical properties of these modifications are proved and their practical performance is demonstrated using extensive numerical experiments. Citation Technical report No. 1038, Institute of Computer Science, Pod Vodarenskou Vezi 2, 18207 Praha 8. December 2008 Article Download View Computational experience … Read more

A Retrospective Trust-Region Method for Unconstrained Optimization

We introduce a new trust-region method for unconstrained optimization where the radius update is computed using the model information at the current iterate rather than at the preceding one. The update is then performed according to how well the current model retrospectively predicts the value of the objective function at last iterate. Global convergence to … Read more

Global minimization using an Augmented Lagrangian method with variable lower-level constraints

A novel global optimization method based on an Augmented Lagrangian framework is introduced for continuous constrained nonlinear optimization problems. At each outer iteration the method requires the $\varepsilon$-global minimization of the Augmented Lagrangian with simple constraints. Global convergence to an $\varepsilon$-global minimizer of the original problem is proved. The subproblems are solved using the $\alpha$BB … Read more

On Augmented Lagrangian methods with general lower-level constraints

Augmented Lagrangian methods with general lower-level constraints are considered in the present research. These methods are useful when efficient algorithms exist for solving subproblems where the constraints are only of the lower-level type. Two methods of this class are introduced and analyzed. Inexact resolution of the lower-level constrained subproblems is considered. Global convergence is proved … Read more

Augmented Lagrangian methods under the Constant Positive Linear Dependence constraint qualification

Two Augmented Lagrangian algorithms for solving KKT systems are introduced. The algorithms differ in the way in which penalty parameters are updated. Possibly infeasible accumulation points are characterized. It is proved that feasible limit points that satisfy the Constant Positive Linear Dependence constraint qualification are KKT solutions. Boundedness of the penalty parameters is proved under … Read more

Preprocessing sparse semidefinite programs via matrix completion

Considering that preprocessing is an important phase in linear programming, it should be systematically more incorporated in semidefinite programming solvers. The conversion method proposed by the authors (SIAM Journal on Optimization, vol.~11, pp.~647–674, 2000, and Mathematical Programming, Series B, vol.~95, pp.~303–327, 2003) is a preprocessing of sparse semidefinite programs based on matrix completion. This article … Read more

PHoM – a Polyhedral Homotopy Continuation Method for Polynomial Systems

PHoM is a software package in C++ for finding all isolated solutions of polynomial systems using a polyhedral homotopy continuation method. Among three modules constituting the package, the first module StartSystem constructs a family of polyhedral-linear homotopy functions, based on the polyhedral homotopy theory, from input data for a given system of polynomial equations $\f(\x) … Read more