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A hybrid ODE-based method for unconstrained optimization problems


  • Yi-gui Ou


  • Guan-shu Wang


This paper presents a hybrid ODE-based method for unconstrained optimization problems, which combines the idea of IMPBOT with the subspace technique and a fixed step-length. The main characteristic of this method is that at each iteration, a lower dimensional system of linear equations is solved only once to obtain a trial step. Another is that when a trial step is not accepted, this proposed method uses minimization of a convex overestimation, thus avoiding performing a line search to compute a step-length. Under some reasonable assumptions, the method is proven to be globally convergent. Numerical results show the efficiency of this proposed method in practical computations, especially for solving small scale unconstrained optimization problems. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Yi-gui Ou & Guan-shu Wang, 2012. "A hybrid ODE-based method for unconstrained optimization problems," Computational Optimization and Applications, Springer, vol. 53(1), pages 249-270, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:coopap:v:53:y:2012:i:1:p:249-270 DOI: 10.1007/s10589-012-9455-1

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    1. Yulong Xu & Jian-an Fang & Wu Zhu & Xiaopeng Wang & Lingdong Zhao, 2015. "Differential evolution using a superior–inferior crossover scheme," Computational Optimization and Applications, Springer, vol. 61(1), pages 243-274, May.


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