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On attraction of linearly constrained Lagrangian methods and of stabilized and quasiNewton SQP methods to critical multipliers
 MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING
, 2009
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REGULARIZED SEQUENTIAL QUADRATIC PROGRAMMING METHODS
, 2011
"... We present the formulation and analysis of a new sequential quadratic programming (SQP) method for general nonlinearly constrained optimization. The method pairs a primaldual generalized augmented Lagrangian merit function with a flexible line search to obtain a sequence of improving estimates of t ..."
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We present the formulation and analysis of a new sequential quadratic programming (SQP) method for general nonlinearly constrained optimization. The method pairs a primaldual generalized augmented Lagrangian merit function with a flexible line search to obtain a sequence of improving estimates of the solution. This function is a primaldual variant of the augmented Lagrangian proposed by Hestenes and Powell in the early 1970s. A crucial feature of the method is that the QP subproblems are convex, but formed from the exact second derivatives of the original problem. This is in contrast to methods that use a less accurate quasiNewton approximation. Additional benefits of this approach include the following: (i) each QP subproblem is regularized; (ii) the QP subproblem always has a known feasible point; and (iii) a projected gradient method may be used to identify the QP active set when far from the solution.
LOCAL CONVERGENCE OF EXACT AND INEXACT AUGMENTED LAGRANGIAN METHODS UNDER THE SECONDORDER SUFFICIENT OPTIMALITY CONDITION
, 2012
"... We establish local convergence and rate of convergence of the classical augmented Lagrangian algorithm under the sole assumption that the dual starting point is close to a multiplier satisfying the secondorder sufficient optimality condition. In particular, no constraint qualifications of any kind ..."
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We establish local convergence and rate of convergence of the classical augmented Lagrangian algorithm under the sole assumption that the dual starting point is close to a multiplier satisfying the secondorder sufficient optimality condition. In particular, no constraint qualifications of any kind are needed. Previous literature on the subject required, in addition, the linear independence constraint qualification and either the strict complementarity assumption or a stronger version of the secondorder sufficient condition. That said, the classical results allow the initial multiplier estimate to be far from the optimal one, at the expense of proportionally increasing the threshold value for the penalty parameters. Although our primary goal is to avoid constraint qualifications, if the stronger assumptions are introduced, then starting points far from the optimal multiplier are allowed within our analysis as well. Using only the secondorder sufficient optimality condition, for penalty parameters large enough we prove primaldual Qlinear convergence rate, which becomes superlinear if the parameters are allowed to go to infinity. Both exact and inexact solutions of subproblems are considered. In the exact case, we further show that the primal convergence rate is of the same Qorder as the primaldual rate. Previous assertions for the primal sequence all had to do with the weaker Rrate of convergence and required the stronger assumptions cited above. Finally, we show that under our assumptions one of the popular rules of controlling the penalty parameters ensures their boundedness.
INEXACT JOSEPHY–NEWTON FRAMEWORK FOR GENERERALIZED EQUATIONS AND ITS APPLICATIONS TO LOCAL ANALYSIS OF NEWTONIAN METHODS FOR CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION ∗
, 2008
"... We propose and analyze a perturbed version of the classical JosephyNewton method for solving generalized equations. This perturbed framework is convenient to treat in a unified way standard sequential quadratic programming, its stabilzed version, sequential quadratically constrained quadratic progr ..."
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We propose and analyze a perturbed version of the classical JosephyNewton method for solving generalized equations. This perturbed framework is convenient to treat in a unified way standard sequential quadratic programming, its stabilzed version, sequential quadratically constrained quadratic programming, and linearly constrained Lagrangian methods. For the linearly constrained Lagrangian methods, in particular, we obtain superlinear convergence under the secondorder sufficient optimality condition and the strict Mangasarian–Fromovitz constraint qualification, while previous results in the literature assume (in addition to secondorder sufficiency) the stronger linear independence constraint qualification as well as the strict complementarity condition. For the sequential quadratically constrained quadratic programming methods, we prove primaldual superlinear/quadratic convergence under the same assumptions as above, which also gives a new result.
SHARP PRIMAL SUPERLINEAR CONVERGENCE RESULTS FOR SOME NEWTONIAN METHODS FOR CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION
, 2009
"... As is well known, superlinear or quadratic convergence of the primaldual sequence generated by an optimization algorithm does not, in general, imply superlinear convergence of the primal part. Primal convergence, however, is often of particular interest. For the sequential quadratic programming (SQ ..."
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As is well known, superlinear or quadratic convergence of the primaldual sequence generated by an optimization algorithm does not, in general, imply superlinear convergence of the primal part. Primal convergence, however, is often of particular interest. For the sequential quadratic programming (SQP) algorithm, local primaldual quadratic convergence can be established under the assumptions of uniqueness of the Lagrange multiplier associated to the solution and the secondorder sufficient condition. At the same time, previous primal superlinear convergence results for SQP required to strengthen the first assumption to the linear independence constraint qualification. In this paper, we show that this strengthening of assumptions is actually not necessary. Specifically, we show that once primaldual convergence is assumed or already established, for primal superlinear rate one only needs a certain error bound estimate. This error bound holds, for example, under the secondorder sufficient condition, which is needed for primaldual local analysis in any case. Moreover, in some situations even secondorder sufficiency can be relaxed to the weaker assumption that the multiplier in question is noncritical. Our study is performed for a rather general perturbed SQP framework, which covers in addition to SQP and quasiNewton SQP some other algorithms as well. For example, as a byproduct,
A GLOBALLY CONVERGENT STABILIZED SQP METHOD
, 2013
"... Sequential quadratic programming (SQP) methods are a popular class of methods for nonlinearly constrained optimization. They are particularly effective for solving a sequence of related problems, such as those arising in mixedinteger nonlinear programming and the optimization of functions subject t ..."
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Sequential quadratic programming (SQP) methods are a popular class of methods for nonlinearly constrained optimization. They are particularly effective for solving a sequence of related problems, such as those arising in mixedinteger nonlinear programming and the optimization of functions subject to differential equation constraints. Recently, there has been considerable interest in the formulation of stabilized SQP methods, which are specifically designed to handle degenerate optimization problems. Existing stabilized SQP methods are essentially local, in the sense that both the formulation and analysis focus on the properties of the methods in a neighborhood of a solution. A new SQP method is proposed that has favorable global convergence properties yet, under suitable assumptions, is equivalent to a variant of the conventional stabilized SQP method in the neighborhood of a solution. The method combines a primaldual generalized augmented Lagrangian function with a flexible line search to obtain a sequence
A NOTE ON UPPER LIPSCHITZ STABILITY, ERROR BOUNDS, AND CRITICAL MULTIPLIERS FOR LIPSCHITZCONTINUOUS KKT SYSTEMS
, 2012
"... We prove a new local upper Lipschitz stability result and the associated local error bound for solutions of parametric Karush–Kuhn–Tucker systems corresponding to variational problems with Lipschitzian base mappings and constraints possessing Lipschitzian derivatives, and without any constraint qual ..."
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We prove a new local upper Lipschitz stability result and the associated local error bound for solutions of parametric Karush–Kuhn–Tucker systems corresponding to variational problems with Lipschitzian base mappings and constraints possessing Lipschitzian derivatives, and without any constraint qualifications. This property is equivalent to the appropriately extended to this nonsmooth setting notion of noncriticality of the Lagrange multiplier associated to the primal solution, which is weaker than secondorder sufficiency. All this extends several results previously known only for optimization problems with twice differentiable data, or assuming some constraint qualifications. In addition, our results are obtained in the more general variational setting.
GLOBAL CONVERGENCE OF AUGMENTED LAGRANGIAN METHODS APPLIED TO OPTIMIZATION PROBLEMS WITH DEGENERATE CONSTRAINTS, INCLUDING PROBLEMS WITH COMPLEMENTARITY CONSTRAINTS
, 2012
"... We consider global convergence properties of the augmented Lagrangian methods on problems with degenerate constraints, with a special emphasis on mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCC). In the general case, we show convergence to stationary points of the problem under an error ..."
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We consider global convergence properties of the augmented Lagrangian methods on problems with degenerate constraints, with a special emphasis on mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCC). In the general case, we show convergence to stationary points of the problem under an error bound condition for the feasible set (which is weaker than constraint qualifications), assuming that the iterates have some modest features of approximate local minimizers of the augmented Lagrangian. For MPCC, we first argue that even weak forms of general constraint qualifications that are suitable for convergence of the augmented Lagrangian methods, such as the recently proposed relaxed positive linear dependence condition, should not be expected to hold and thus special analysis is needed. We next obtain a rather complete picture, showing that under the usual in this context MPCClinear independence constraint qualification accumulation points of the iterates are guaranteed to be Cstationary for MPCC (better than weakly stationary), but in general need not be Mstationary (hence, neither strongly stationary). However, strong stationarity is guaranteed if the generated dual sequence is bounded, which we show to be the typical
A TRUNCATED SQP METHOD BASED ON INEXACT INTERIORPOINT SOLUTIONS OF SUBPROBLEMS ∗
"... Abstract. We consider sequential quadratic programming (SQP) methods applied to optimization problems with nonlinear equality constraints and simple bounds. In particular, we propose and analyze a truncated SQP algorithm in which subproblems are solved approximately by an infeasible predictorcorrec ..."
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Abstract. We consider sequential quadratic programming (SQP) methods applied to optimization problems with nonlinear equality constraints and simple bounds. In particular, we propose and analyze a truncated SQP algorithm in which subproblems are solved approximately by an infeasible predictorcorrector interiorpoint method, followed by setting to zero some variables and some multipliers so that complementarity conditions for approximate solutions are enforced. Verifiable truncation conditions based on the residual of optimality conditions of subproblems are developed to ensure both global and fast local convergence. Global convergence is established under assumptions that are standard for linesearch SQP with exact solution of subproblems. The local superlinear convergence rate is shown under the weakest assumptions that guarantee this property for pure SQP with exact solution of subproblems, namely, the strict Mangasarian–Fromovitz constraint qualification and secondorder sufficiency. Local convergence results for our truncated method are presented as a special case of the local convergence for a more general perturbed SQP framework, which is of independent interest and is applicable even to some algorithms whose subproblems are not quadratic programs. For example, the framework can also be used to derive sharp local convergence results for linearly constrained Lagrangian methods. Preliminary numerical results confirm that it can be indeed beneficial to solve subproblems approximately, especially on early iterations. Key words. sequential quadratic programming, inexact sequential quadratic programming, truncated sequential quadratic programming, interiorpoint method, superlinear convergence
Local convergence of the method of multipliers for variational and optimization problems under the sole noncriticality assumption. August 2013. Available at http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/˜solodov/solodov.html
"... We present local convergence analysis of the method of multipliers for equalityconstrained variational problems (in the special case of optimization, also called the augmented Lagrangian method) under the sole assumption that the dual starting point is close to a noncritical Lagrange multiplier (wh ..."
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We present local convergence analysis of the method of multipliers for equalityconstrained variational problems (in the special case of optimization, also called the augmented Lagrangian method) under the sole assumption that the dual starting point is close to a noncritical Lagrange multiplier (which is weaker than secondorder sufficiency). Local superlinear convergence is established under the appropriate control of the penalty parameter values. For optimization problems, we demonstrate in addition local linear convergence for sufficiently large fixed penalty parameters. Both exact and inexact versions of the method are considered. Contributions with respect to previous stateoftheart analyses for equalityconstrained problems consist in the extension to the variational setting, in using the weaker noncriticality assumption instead of the usual secondorder sufficient optimality condition, and in relaxing the smoothness requirements on the problem data. In the context of optimization problems, this gives the first local convergence results for the augmented Lagrangian method under the assumptions that do not include any constraint qualifications and are weaker than the secondorder sufficient optimality condition. We also show that the analysis under the noncriticality assumption cannot be extended to the case with inequality constraints, unless the strict complementarity condition is added (this, however, still gives a new result).