A filter active-set trust-region method

M. P. Friedlander, N. I. M. Gould, S. Leyffer, and T. S. Munson. Preprint ANL/MCS-P1456-0907, Argonne National Laboratory, September 2007. PDF


We propose a two-phase active-set method for nonlinearly constrained optimization. The first phase solves a regularized linear program (LP) that serves to estimate an optimal active set. The second phase uses this active-set estimate to determine an equality-constrained quadratic program which provides for fast local convergence. A filter promotes global convergence. The regularization term in the first phase bounds the LP solution and plays role similar to an explicit ellipsoid trust-region constraint. We prove that the resulting method is globally convergent, and that an optimal active set is identified near a solution. We discuss alternative regularization functions that incorporate curvature information into the active-set identification phase. Preliminary numerical experiments on a subset of the CUTEr test problems illustrate the effectiveness of the approach.


  Author = {M. P. Friedlander and N. I. M. Gould and
            S. Leyffer and T. S. Munson},
  Institution = {Argonne National Laboratory},
  Month = {September},
  Number = {ANL/MCS-P1456-0907},
  Title = {A filter active-set trust-region method},
  Type = {Preprint},
  Year = {2007}