Convergence-order analysis of branch-and-bound algorithms for constrained problems
Author(s)Barton, Paul I; Kannan, Rohit
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The performance of branch-and-bound algorithms for deterministic global optimization is strongly dependent on the ability to construct tight and rapidly convergent schemes of lower bounds. One metric of the efficiency of a branch-and-bound algorithm is the convergence order of its bounding scheme. This article develops a notion of convergence order for lower bounding schemes for constrained problems, and defines the convergence order of convex relaxation-based and Lagrangian dual-based lower bounding schemes. It is shown that full-space convex relaxation-based lower bounding schemes can achieve first-order convergence under mild assumptions. Furthermore, such schemes can achieve second-order convergence at KKT points, at Slater points, and at infeasible points when second-order pointwise convergent schemes of relaxations are used. Lagrangian dual-based full-space lower bounding schemes are shown to have at least as high a convergence order as convex relaxation-based full-space lower bounding schemes. Additionally, it is shown that Lagrangian dual-based full-space lower bounding schemes achieve first-order convergence even when the dual problem is not solved to optimality. The convergence order of some widely-applicable reduced-space lower bounding schemes is also analyzed, and it is shown that such schemes can achieve first-order convergence under suitable assumptions. Furthermore, such schemes can achieve second-order convergence at KKT points, at unconstrained points in the reduced-space, and at infeasible points under suitable assumptions when the problem exhibits a specific separable structure. The importance of constraint propagation techniques in boosting the convergence order of reduced-space lower bounding schemes (and helping mitigate clustering in the process) for problems which do not possess such a structure is demonstrated.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemical Engineering
Journal of Global Optimization
Kannan, Rohit, and Paul I. Barton. “Convergence-Order Analysis of Branch-and-Bound Algorithms for Constrained Problems.” Journal of Global Optimization 71, no. 4 (June 1, 2017): 753–813.
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