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.
Nonsmooth optimization provides efficient algorithms for solving many machine learning problems. In particular, nonsmooth optimization approaches to supervised data classification problems lead to the design of very efficient algorithms for their solution. In this chapter, we demonstrate how nonsmooth optimization algorithms can be applied to design efficient piecewise linear classifiers for supervised data classification problems. Such classifiers are developed using a max–min and a polyhedral conic separabilities as well as an incremental approach. We report results of numerical experiments and compare the piecewise linear classifiers with a number of other mainstream classifiers.