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We consider the global and local convergence properties of a class of augmented Lagrangian methods for solving nonlinear programming problems. In these methods, linear and more general constraints are handled in different ways. The general constraints are combined with the objective function in an augmented Lagrangian. The iteration consists of solving a… (More)

This work is concerned with the development and study of a class of limited memory preconditioners for the solution of sequences of linear systems. To this aim, we consider linear systems with the same symmetric positive definite matrix and multiple right-hand sides available in sequence. We first propose a general class of preconditioners, called Limited… (More)

A class of trust-region methods is presented for solving unconstrained nonlinear and possibly nonconvex discretized optimization problems, like those arising in systems governed by partial differential equations. The algorithms in this class make use of the discretization level as a mean of speeding up the computation of the step. This use is recursive,… (More)

A class of trust region based algorithms is presented for the solution of nonlinear optimization problems with a convex feasible set. At variance with previously published analysis of this type, the theory presented allows for the use of general norms. Furthermore, the proposed algorithms do not require the explicit computation of the projected gradient,… (More)

It is well known that the norm of the gradient m a y be unreliable as a stopping test in unconstrained optimization, and that it often exhibits oscillations in the course of the optimization. In this paper we present results describing the properties of the gradient norm for the steepest descent method applied to quadratic objective functions. We also make… (More)

The asymptotic convergence of parameterized variants of Newton's method for the solution of nonlinear systems of equations is considered. The original system is perturbed by a term involving the variables and a scalar parameter which is driven to zero as the iteration proceeds. The exact local solutions to the perturbed systems then form a differentiable… (More)

This paper presents a simple but eecient way to nd a good initial trust region radius in trust region methods for nonlinear optimization. The method consists of monitoring the agreement between the model and the objective function along the steepest descent direction, computed at the starting point. Further improvements for the starting point are also… (More)

This paper presents a strategy for choosing the initial point, slacks and multipliers in interior methods for nonlinear programming. It consists of rst computing a Newton-like s t e p t o estimate the magnitude of these three variables and then shifting the slacks and multipliers so that they are suuciently positive. The new strategy has the option of… (More)