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A modified barrier-augmented Lagrangian method for constrained minimization. (English) Zbl 0951.90042
Summary: We present and analyze an interior-exterior augmented Lagrangian method for solving constrained optimization problems with both inequality and equality constraints. This method, the Modified Barrier-Augmented Lagrangian (MBAL) method, is a combination of the modified barrier and the augmented Lagrangian methods. It is based on the MBAL function, which treats inequality constraints with a modified barrier term and equalities with an augmented Lagrangian term. The MBAL method alternatively minimizes the MBAL function in the primal space and updates the Lagrange multipliers. For a large enough fixed barrier-penalty parameter the MBAL method is shown to converge \(Q\)-linearly under the standard second-order optimality conditions. \(Q\)-superlinear convergence can be achieved by increasing the barrier-penalty parameter after each Lagrange multiplier update. We consider a dual problem that is based on the MBAL function. We prove a basic duality theorem for it and show that it has several important properties that fail to hold for the dual based on the classical Lagrangian.

90C30 Nonlinear programming
90C46 Optimality conditions and duality in mathematical programming
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