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A counterexample to De Pierro's conjecture on the convergence of under-relaxed cyclic projections

- Cominetti, Roberto, Roshchina, Vera, Williamson, Andrew

**Authors:**Cominetti, Roberto , Roshchina, Vera , Williamson, Andrew**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Vol. 68, no. 1 (2019), p. 3-12**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**The convex feasibility problem consists in finding a point in the intersection of a finite family of closed convex sets. When the intersection is empty, a best compromise is to search for a point that minimizes the sum of the squared distances to the sets. In 2001, de Pierro conjectured that the limit cycles generated by the ε-under-relaxed cyclic projection method converge when ε ↓ 0 towards a least squares solution. While the conjecture has been confirmed under fairly general conditions, we show that it is false in general by constructing a system of three compact convex sets in R3 for which the ε-under-relaxed cycles do not converge. © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

**Authors:**Cominetti, Roberto , Roshchina, Vera , Williamson, Andrew**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Vol. 68, no. 1 (2019), p. 3-12**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**The convex feasibility problem consists in finding a point in the intersection of a finite family of closed convex sets. When the intersection is empty, a best compromise is to search for a point that minimizes the sum of the squared distances to the sets. In 2001, de Pierro conjectured that the limit cycles generated by the ε-under-relaxed cyclic projection method converge when ε ↓ 0 towards a least squares solution. While the conjecture has been confirmed under fairly general conditions, we show that it is false in general by constructing a system of three compact convex sets in R3 for which the ε-under-relaxed cycles do not converge. © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

A difference of convex optimization algorithm for piecewise linear regression

- Bagirov, Adil, Taheri, Sona, Asadi, Soodabeh

**Authors:**Bagirov, Adil , Taheri, Sona , Asadi, Soodabeh**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization Vol. 15, no. 2 (2019), p. 909-932**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**The problem of finding a continuous piecewise linear function approximating a regression function is considered. This problem is formulated as a nonconvex nonsmooth optimization problem where the objective function is represented as a difference of convex (DC) functions. Subdifferentials of DC components are computed and an algorithm is designed based on these subdifferentials to find piecewise linear functions. The algorithm is tested using some synthetic and real world data sets and compared with other regression algorithms.

A sharp augmented Lagrangian-based method in constrained non-convex optimization

- Bagirov, Adil, Ozturk, Gurkan, Kasimbeyli, Refail

**Authors:**Bagirov, Adil , Ozturk, Gurkan , Kasimbeyli, Refail**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Methods and Software Vol. 34, no. 3 (2019), p. 462-488**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**In this paper, a novel sharp Augmented Lagrangian-based global optimization method is developed for solving constrained non-convex optimization problems. The algorithm consists of outer and inner loops. At each inner iteration, the discrete gradient method is applied to minimize the sharp augmented Lagrangian function. Depending on the solution found the algorithm stops or updates the dual variables in the inner loop, or updates the upper or lower bounds by going to the outer loop. The convergence results for the proposed method are presented. The performance of the method is demonstrated using a wide range of nonlinear smooth and non-smooth constrained optimization test problems from the literature.

Characterizations of nonsmooth robustly quasiconvex functions

- Bui, Hoa, Khanh, Pham, Tran, Thi

**Authors:**Bui, Hoa , Khanh, Pham , Tran, Thi**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications Vol. 180, no. 3 (2019), p. 775-786**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Two criteria for the robust quasiconvexity of lower semicontinuous functions are established in terms of Fréchet subdifferentials in Asplund spaces. The first criterion extends to such spaces a result established by Barron et al. (Discrete Contin Dyn Syst Ser B 17:1693–1706, 2012). The second criterion is totally new even if it is applied to lower semicontinuous functions on finite-dimensional spaces. © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

**Authors:**Bui, Hoa , Khanh, Pham , Tran, Thi**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications Vol. 180, no. 3 (2019), p. 775-786**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Two criteria for the robust quasiconvexity of lower semicontinuous functions are established in terms of Fréchet subdifferentials in Asplund spaces. The first criterion extends to such spaces a result established by Barron et al. (Discrete Contin Dyn Syst Ser B 17:1693–1706, 2012). The second criterion is totally new even if it is applied to lower semicontinuous functions on finite-dimensional spaces. © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Convexity and closedness in stable robust duality

- Dinh, Nguyen, Goberna, Miguel, Lopez, Marco, Volle, Michel

**Authors:**Dinh, Nguyen , Goberna, Miguel , Lopez, Marco , Volle, Michel**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Letters Vol. 13, no. 2 (2019), p. 325-339**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100854**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**The paper deals with optimization problems with uncertain constraints and linear perturbations of the objective function, which are associated with given families of perturbation functions whose dual variable depends on the uncertainty parameters. More in detail, the paper provides characterizations of stable strong robust duality and stable robust duality under convexity and closedness assumptions. The paper also reviews the classical Fenchel duality of the sum of two functions by considering a suitable family of perturbation functions.

**Authors:**Dinh, Nguyen , Goberna, Miguel , Lopez, Marco , Volle, Michel**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Letters Vol. 13, no. 2 (2019), p. 325-339**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100854**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**The paper deals with optimization problems with uncertain constraints and linear perturbations of the objective function, which are associated with given families of perturbation functions whose dual variable depends on the uncertainty parameters. More in detail, the paper provides characterizations of stable strong robust duality and stable robust duality under convexity and closedness assumptions. The paper also reviews the classical Fenchel duality of the sum of two functions by considering a suitable family of perturbation functions.

Extremality, stationarity and generalized separation of collections of sets

**Authors:**Bui, Hoa , Kruger, Alexander**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications Vol. 182, no. 1 (2019), p. 211-264**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**The core arguments used in various proofs of the extremal principle and its extensions as well as in primal and dual characterizations of approximate stationarity and transversality of collections of sets are exposed, analysed and refined, leading to a unifying theory, encompassing all existing approaches to obtaining ‘extremal’ statements. For that, we examine and clarify quantitative relationships between the parameters involved in the respective definitions and statements. Some new characterizations of extremality properties are obtained.

On the reconstruction of polytopes

- Doolittle, Joseph, Nevo, Eran, Pineda-Villavicencio, Guillermo, Ugon, Julien, Yost, David

**Authors:**Doolittle, Joseph , Nevo, Eran , Pineda-Villavicencio, Guillermo , Ugon, Julien , Yost, David**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Discrete and Computational Geometry Vol. 61, no. 2 (2019), p. 285-302**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Blind and Mani, and later Kalai, showed that the face lattice of a simple polytope is determined by its graph, namely its 1-skeleton. Call a vertex of a d-polytope nonsimple if the number of edges incident to it is more than d. We show that (1) the face lattice of any d-polytope with at most two nonsimple vertices is determined by its 1-skeleton; (2) the face lattice of any d-polytope with at most d- 2 nonsimple vertices is determined by its 2-skeleton; and (3) for any d> 3 there are two d-polytopes with d- 1 nonsimple vertices, isomorphic (d- 3) -skeleta and nonisomorphic face lattices. In particular, the result (1) is best possible for 4-polytopes. © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

**Authors:**Doolittle, Joseph , Nevo, Eran , Pineda-Villavicencio, Guillermo , Ugon, Julien , Yost, David**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Discrete and Computational Geometry Vol. 61, no. 2 (2019), p. 285-302**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Blind and Mani, and later Kalai, showed that the face lattice of a simple polytope is determined by its graph, namely its 1-skeleton. Call a vertex of a d-polytope nonsimple if the number of edges incident to it is more than d. We show that (1) the face lattice of any d-polytope with at most two nonsimple vertices is determined by its 1-skeleton; (2) the face lattice of any d-polytope with at most d- 2 nonsimple vertices is determined by its 2-skeleton; and (3) for any d> 3 there are two d-polytopes with d- 1 nonsimple vertices, isomorphic (d- 3) -skeleta and nonisomorphic face lattices. In particular, the result (1) is best possible for 4-polytopes. © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

The Demyanov–Ryabova conjecture is false

**Authors:**Roshchina, Vera**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Letters Vol. 13, no. 1 (2019), p. 227-234**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**It was conjectured by Demyanov and Ryabova (Discrete Contin Dyn Syst 31(4):1273–1292, 2011) that the minimal cycle in the sequence obtained via repeated application of the Demyanov converter to a finite family of polytopes is at most two. We construct a counterexample for which the minimal cycle has length 4.

**Authors:**Roshchina, Vera**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Letters Vol. 13, no. 1 (2019), p. 227-234**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**It was conjectured by Demyanov and Ryabova (Discrete Contin Dyn Syst 31(4):1273–1292, 2011) that the minimal cycle in the sequence obtained via repeated application of the Demyanov converter to a finite family of polytopes is at most two. We construct a counterexample for which the minimal cycle has length 4.

Two curve Chebyshev approximation and its application to signal clustering

**Authors:**Sukhorukova, Nadezda**Date:**2019**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Applied Mathematics and Computation Vol. 356, no. (2019), p. 42-49**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**In this paper, we extend a number of important results of the classical Chebyshev approximation theory to the case of simultaneous approximation of two or more functions. The need for this extension is application driven, since such kind of problems appears in the area of curve (signal) clustering. In this paper, we propose a new efficient algorithm for signal clustering and develop a procedure that allows one to reuse the results obtained at the previous iteration without recomputing the cluster centres from scratch. This approach is based on the extension of the classical de la Vallee-Poussin procedure originally developed for polynomial approximation. We also develop necessary and sufficient optimality conditions for two curve Chebyshev approximation, which is our core tool for curve clustering. These results are based on application of nonsmooth convex analysis. (C) 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. In this paper, we extend a number of important results of the classical Chebyshev approximation theory to the case of simultaneous approximation of two or more functions. The need for this extension is application driven, since such kind of problems appears in the area of curve (signal) clustering. In this paper, we propose a new efficient algorithm for signal clustering and develop a procedure that allows one to reuse the results obtained at the previous iteration without recomputing the cluster centres from scratch. This approach is based on the extension of the classical de la Vallee-Poussin procedure originally developed for polynomial approximation. We also develop necessary and sufficient optimality conditions for two curve Chebyshev approximation, which is our core tool for curve clustering. These results are based on application of nonsmooth convex analysis. (C) 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Double bundle method for finding clarke stationary points in nonsmooth dc programming

- Joki, Kaisa, Bagirov, Adil, Karmitsa, Napsu, Makela, Marko, Taheri, Sona

**Authors:**Joki, Kaisa , Bagirov, Adil , Karmitsa, Napsu , Makela, Marko , Taheri, Sona**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**SIAM Journal on Optimization Vol. 28, no. 2 (2018), p. 1892-1919**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140103213**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**The aim of this paper is to introduce a new proximal double bundle method for unconstrained nonsmooth optimization, where the objective function is presented as a difference of two convex (DC) functions. The novelty in our method is a new escape procedure which enables us to guarantee approximate Clarke stationarity for solutions by utilizing the DC components of the objective function. This optimality condition is stronger than the criticality condition typically used in DC programming. Moreover, if a candidate solution is not approximate Clarke stationary, then the escape procedure returns a descent direction. With this escape procedure, we can avoid some shortcomings encountered when criticality is used. The finite termination of the double bundle method to an approximate Clarke stationary point is proved by assuming that the subdifferentials of DC components are polytopes. Finally, some encouraging numerical results are presented.

**Authors:**Joki, Kaisa , Bagirov, Adil , Karmitsa, Napsu , Makela, Marko , Taheri, Sona**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**SIAM Journal on Optimization Vol. 28, no. 2 (2018), p. 1892-1919**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140103213**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**The aim of this paper is to introduce a new proximal double bundle method for unconstrained nonsmooth optimization, where the objective function is presented as a difference of two convex (DC) functions. The novelty in our method is a new escape procedure which enables us to guarantee approximate Clarke stationarity for solutions by utilizing the DC components of the objective function. This optimality condition is stronger than the criticality condition typically used in DC programming. Moreover, if a candidate solution is not approximate Clarke stationary, then the escape procedure returns a descent direction. With this escape procedure, we can avoid some shortcomings encountered when criticality is used. The finite termination of the double bundle method to an approximate Clarke stationary point is proved by assuming that the subdifferentials of DC components are polytopes. Finally, some encouraging numerical results are presented.

Minimizing nonsmooth DC functions via successive DC piecewise-affine approximations

- Gaudioso, Manlio, Giallombardo, Giovanni, Miglionico, Giovanna, Bagirov, Adil

**Authors:**Gaudioso, Manlio , Giallombardo, Giovanni , Miglionico, Giovanna , Bagirov, Adil**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Global Optimization Vol. 71, no. 1 (2018), p. 37-55**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**We introduce a proximal bundle method for the numerical minimization of a nonsmooth difference-of-convex (DC) function. Exploiting some classic ideas coming from cutting-plane approaches for the convex case, we iteratively build two separate piecewise-affine approximations of the component functions, grouping the corresponding information in two separate bundles. In the bundle of the first component, only information related to points close to the current iterate are maintained, while the second bundle only refers to a global model of the corresponding component function. We combine the two convex piecewise-affine approximations, and generate a DC piecewise-affine model, which can also be seen as the pointwise maximum of several concave piecewise-affine functions. Such a nonconvex model is locally approximated by means of an auxiliary quadratic program, whose solution is used to certify approximate criticality or to generate a descent search-direction, along with a predicted reduction, that is next explored in a line-search setting. To improve the approximation properties at points that are far from the current iterate a supplementary quadratic program is also introduced to generate an alternative more promising search-direction. We discuss the main convergence issues of the line-search based proximal bundle method, and provide computational results on a set of academic benchmark test problems. © 2017, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

**Authors:**Bagirov, Adil , Ugon, Julien**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Methods and Software Vol. 33, no. 1 (2018), p. 194-219**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140103213**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**The clusterwise linear regression problem is formulated as a nonsmooth nonconvex optimization problem using the squared regression error function. The objective function in this problem is represented as a difference of convex functions. Optimality conditions are derived, and an algorithm is designed based on such a representation. An incremental approach is proposed to generate starting solutions. The algorithm is tested on small to large data sets. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

**Authors:**Bagirov, Adil , Ugon, Julien**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Methods and Software Vol. 33, no. 1 (2018), p. 194-219**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**The clusterwise linear regression problem is formulated as a nonsmooth nonconvex optimization problem using the squared regression error function. The objective function in this problem is represented as a difference of convex functions. Optimality conditions are derived, and an algorithm is designed based on such a representation. An incremental approach is proposed to generate starting solutions. The algorithm is tested on small to large data sets.

Perturbation of error bounds

- Kruger, Alexander, López, Marco, Théra, Michel

**Authors:**Kruger, Alexander , López, Marco , Théra, Michel**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Mathematical Programming Vol. 168, no. 1-2 (2018), p. 533-554**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100854**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Our aim in the current article is to extend the developments in Kruger et al. (SIAM J Optim 20(6):3280–3296, 2010. doi:10.1137/100782206) and, more precisely, to characterize, in the Banach space setting, the stability of the local and global error bound property of inequalities determined by lower semicontinuous functions under data perturbations. We propose new concepts of (arbitrary, convex and linear) perturbations of the given function defining the system under consideration, which turn out to be a useful tool in our analysis. The characterizations of error bounds for families of perturbations can be interpreted as estimates of the ‘radius of error bounds’. The definitions and characterizations are illustrated by examples. © 2017, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg and Mathematical Optimization Society.

**Authors:**Kruger, Alexander , López, Marco , Théra, Michel**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Mathematical Programming Vol. 168, no. 1-2 (2018), p. 533-554**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100854**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Our aim in the current article is to extend the developments in Kruger et al. (SIAM J Optim 20(6):3280–3296, 2010. doi:10.1137/100782206) and, more precisely, to characterize, in the Banach space setting, the stability of the local and global error bound property of inequalities determined by lower semicontinuous functions under data perturbations. We propose new concepts of (arbitrary, convex and linear) perturbations of the given function defining the system under consideration, which turn out to be a useful tool in our analysis. The characterizations of error bounds for families of perturbations can be interpreted as estimates of the ‘radius of error bounds’. The definitions and characterizations are illustrated by examples. © 2017, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg and Mathematical Optimization Society.

Set regularities and feasibility problems

- Kruger, Alexander, Luke, Russell, Thao, Nguyen

**Authors:**Kruger, Alexander , Luke, Russell , Thao, Nguyen**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Mathematical Programming Vol. 168, no. 1-2 (2018), p. 279-311**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100854**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**We synthesize and unify notions of regularity, both of individual sets and of collections of sets, as they appear in the convergence theory of projection methods for consistent feasibility problems. Several new characterizations of regularities are presented which shed light on the relations between seemingly different ideas and point to possible necessary conditions for local linear convergence of fundamental algorithms

**Authors:**Kruger, Alexander , Luke, Russell , Thao, Nguyen**Date:**2018**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Mathematical Programming Vol. 168, no. 1-2 (2018), p. 279-311**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100854**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**We synthesize and unify notions of regularity, both of individual sets and of collections of sets, as they appear in the convergence theory of projection methods for consistent feasibility problems. Several new characterizations of regularities are presented which shed light on the relations between seemingly different ideas and point to possible necessary conditions for local linear convergence of fundamental algorithms

A proximal bundle method for nonsmooth DC optimization utilizing nonconvex cutting planes

- Joki, Kaisa, Bagirov, Adil, Karmitsa, Napsu, Makela, Marko

**Authors:**Joki, Kaisa , Bagirov, Adil , Karmitsa, Napsu , Makela, Marko**Date:**2017**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Global Optimization Vol. 68, no. 3 (2017), p. 501-535**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140103213**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**In this paper, we develop a version of the bundle method to solve unconstrained difference of convex (DC) programming problems. It is assumed that a DC representation of the objective function is available. Our main idea is to utilize subgradients of both the first and second components in the DC representation. This subgradient information is gathered from some neighborhood of the current iteration point and it is used to build separately an approximation for each component in the DC representation. By combining these approximations we obtain a new nonconvex cutting plane model of the original objective function, which takes into account explicitly both the convex and the concave behavior of the objective function. We design the proximal bundle method for DC programming based on this new approach and prove the convergence of the method to an -critical point. The algorithm is tested using some academic test problems and the preliminary numerical results have shown the good performance of the new bundle method. An interesting fact is that the new algorithm finds nearly always the global solution in our test problems.

A unifying approach to robust convex infinite optimization duality

- Dinh, Nguyen, Goberna, Miguel, Lopez, Marco, Volle, Michel

**Authors:**Dinh, Nguyen , Goberna, Miguel , Lopez, Marco , Volle, Michel**Date:**2017**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications Vol. 174, no. 3 (2017), p. 650-685**Relation:**http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100854**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**This paper considers an uncertain convex optimization problem, posed in a locally convex decision space with an arbitrary number of uncertain constraints. To this problem, where the uncertainty only affects the constraints, we associate a robust (pessimistic) counterpart and several dual problems. The paper provides corresponding dual variational principles for the robust counterpart in terms of the closed convexity of different associated cones.

Characterization theorem for best polynomial spline approximation with free knots, variable degree and fixed tails

- Crouzeix, Jean-Pierre, Sukhorukova, Nadezda, Ugon, Julien

**Authors:**Crouzeix, Jean-Pierre , Sukhorukova, Nadezda , Ugon, Julien**Date:**2017**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications Vol. 172, no. 3 (2017), p. 950-964**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**In this paper, we derive a necessary condition for a best approximation by piecewise polynomial functions of varying degree from one interval to another. Based on these results, we obtain a characterization theorem for the polynomial splines with fixed tails, that is the value of the spline is fixed in one or more knots (external or internal). We apply nonsmooth nonconvex analysis to obtain this result, which is also a necessary and sufficient condition for inf-stationarity in the sense of Demyanov-Rubinov. This paper is an extension of a paper where similar conditions were obtained for free tails splines. The main results of this paper are essential for the development of a Remez-type algorithm for free knot spline approximation.

**Authors:**Crouzeix, Jean-Pierre , Sukhorukova, Nadezda , Ugon, Julien**Date:**2017**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications Vol. 172, no. 3 (2017), p. 950-964**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**In this paper, we derive a necessary condition for a best approximation by piecewise polynomial functions of varying degree from one interval to another. Based on these results, we obtain a characterization theorem for the polynomial splines with fixed tails, that is the value of the spline is fixed in one or more knots (external or internal). We apply nonsmooth nonconvex analysis to obtain this result, which is also a necessary and sufficient condition for inf-stationarity in the sense of Demyanov-Rubinov. This paper is an extension of a paper where similar conditions were obtained for free tails splines. The main results of this paper are essential for the development of a Remez-type algorithm for free knot spline approximation.

Double well potential function and its optimization in the n-dimensional real space - Part I

- Fang, Shucherng, Gao, David, Lin, Gang-Xuan, Sheu, Ruey-Lin, Xing, Wenxun

**Authors:**Fang, Shucherng , Gao, David , Lin, Gang-Xuan , Sheu, Ruey-Lin , Xing, Wenxun**Date:**2017**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization Vol. 13, no. 3 (2017), p. 1291-1305**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**A special type of multi-variate polynomial of degree 4, called the double well potential function, is studied. It is derived from a discrete approx imation of the generalized Ginzburg-Landau functional, and we are interested in understanding its global minimum solution and all local non-global points. The main difficulty for the model is due to its non-convexity. In Part I of the paper, we first characterize the global minimum solution set, whereas the study for local non-global optimal solutions is left for Part II. We show that, the dual of the Lagrange dual of the double well potential problem is a linearly constrained convex minimization problem, which, under a designated nonlin ear transformation, can be equivalently mapped to a portion of the original double well potential function containing the global minimum. In other words, solving the global minimum of the double well potential function is essentially a convex minimization problem, despite of its non-convex nature. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the important features of the problem and the mapping in between.

Double well potential function and its optimization in the N-dimensional real space -- Part I

- Fang, Shucherng, Gao, David, Lin, Gang-Xuan, Sheu, Ruey-Lin, Xing, Wenxun

**Authors:**Fang, Shucherng , Gao, David , Lin, Gang-Xuan , Sheu, Ruey-Lin , Xing, Wenxun**Date:**2017**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization Vol. 13, no. 3 (2017), p. 1291-1305**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**A special type of multi-variate polynomial of degree 4, called the double well potential function, is studied. It is derived from a discrete approximation of the generalized Ginzburg-Landau functional, and we are interested in understanding its global minimum solution and all local non-global points. The main difficulty for the model is due to its non-convexity. In Part I of the paper, we first characterize the global minimum solution set, whereas the study for local non-global optimal solutions is left for Part II. We show that, the dual of the Lagrange dual of the double well potential problem is a linearly constrained convex minimization problem, which, under a designated nonlinear transformation, can be equivalently mapped to a portion of the original double well potential function containing the global minimum. In other words, solving the global minimum of the double well potential function is essentially a convex minimization problem, despite of its non-convex nature. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the important features of the problem and the mapping in between.

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