(456g) The Cluster Problem in Constrained Global Optimization

Kannan, R., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Barton, P. I., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A key issue in continuous global optimization is the so-called cluster problem where a large number of boxes may be visited in the vicinity of a global optimizer [1â??3]. While it is well-known that at least second-order Hausdorff convergence of the scheme of relaxations is usually required to eliminate the cluster problem for unconstrained optimization, a similar result for constrained optimization was unknown prior to this work. This work analyzes the cluster problem for constrained optimization based on a recently proposed definition of convergence order of bounding schemes for constrained problems. Conditions under which first-order and second-order convergent bounding schemes are sufficient to mitigate the cluster problem are provided, based on suitable assumptions.

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