VRDFON — line search in noisy unconstrained derivative-free optimization

In this paper, a new randomized solver (called VRDFON) for noisy unconstrained derivative-free optimization problems is discussed. Complexity bounds in the presence of noise for nonconvex, convex, and strongly convex functions are studied. Two effective ingredients of VRDFON are an improved derivative-free line search algorithm with many heuristic enhancements and quadratic models in adaptively determined … Read more

Efficient global unconstrained black box optimization

For the unconstrained optimization of black box functions, this paper introduces a new randomized algorithm called VRBBO. In practice, VRBBO matches the quality of other state-of-the-art algorithms for finding, in small and large dimensions, a local minimizer with reasonable accuracy. Although our theory guarantees only local minimizers our heuristic techniques turn VRBBO into an efficient … Read more

Worst case complexity of direct search under convexity

In this paper we prove that the broad class of direct-search methods of directional type, based on imposing sufficient decrease to accept new iterates, exhibits the same global rate or worst case complexity bound of the gradient method for the unconstrained minimization of a convex and smooth function. More precisely, it will be shown that … Read more

Globally Convergent Evolution Strategies and CMA-ES

In this paper we show how to modify a large class of evolution strategies (ES) to rigorously achieve a form of global convergence, meaning convergence to stationary points independently of the starting point. The type of ES under consideration recombine the parents by means of a weighted sum, around which the offsprings are computed by … Read more

Convergence of descent methods for semi-algebraic and tame problems: proximal algorithms, forward-backward splitting, and regularized Gauss-Seidel methods

In view of the minimization of a nonsmooth nonconvex function f, we prove an abstract convergence result for descent methods satisfying a sufficient-decrease assumption, and allowing a relative error tolerance. Our result guarantees the convergence of bounded sequences, under the assumption that the function f satisfies the Kurdyka-Lojasiewicz inequality. This assumption allows to cover a … Read more

Worst Case Complexity of Direct Search

In this paper we prove that direct search of directional type shares the worst case complexity bound of steepest descent when sufficient decrease is imposed using a quadratic function of the step size parameter. This result is proved under smoothness of the objective function and using a framework of the type of GSS (generating set … Read more