Second Order Behavior of Pattern Search
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH DEPT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
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Abstract. Previous analyses of pattern search algorithms for unconstrained and linearly constrained minimization have focused on proving convergence of a subsequence of iterates to a limit point satisfying either directional or first-order necessary conditions for optimality, depending on the smoothness of the objective function in a neighborhood of the limit point. Even though pattern search methods require no derivative information, we are able to prove some limited directional second-order results. Although not as strong as classical second-order necessary conditions, these results are stronger than the first order conditions that many gradient-based methods satisfy. Under fairly mild conditions, we can eliminate from consideration all strict local maximizers and an entire class of saddle points.
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