On the Convergence of Reflective Newton Methods for Large-scale Nonlinear Minimization Subject to Bounds
Coleman, Thomas F.; Li, Yuying
We consider a new algorithm, a reflective Newton method, for the problem of minimizing a smooth nonlinear function of many variables, subject to upper and/or lower bounds on some of the variables. This approach generates strictly feasible iterates by following piecewise linear paths ("reflection" paths) to generate improved iterates. The reflective Newton approach does not require identification as an "activity set." In this report we establish that the reflective Newton approach is globally and quadratically convergent. Moreover, we develop a specific example of this general reflective path approach suitable for large-scale and sparse problems.
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