A new look at smoothing Newton methods for nonlinear complementarity problems and box constrained variational inequalities. (English) Zbl 0989.90124

Summary: We take a new look at smoothing Newton methods for solving the nonlinear complementarity problem (NCP) and the box constrained variational inequalities (BVI). Instead of using an infinite sequence of smoothing approximation functions, we use a single smoothing approximation function and Robinson’s normal equation to reformulate NCP and BVI as an equivalent nonsmooth equation \(H(u, x)= 0\), where \(H: \mathbb{R}^{2n}\to \mathbb{R}^{2n}\), \(u\in\mathbb{R}^n\) is a parameter variable and \(x\in\mathbb{R}^n\) is the original variable. The central idea of our smoothing Newton methods is that we construct a sequence \(\{z^k= (u^k, x^k)\}\) such that the mapping \(H(\cdot)\) is continuously differentiable at each \(z^k\) and may be non-differentiable at the limiting point of \(\{z^k\}\). We prove that three most often used Gabriel-Moré smoothing functions can generate strongly semi-smooth functions, which play a fundamental role in establishing superlinear and quadratic convergence of our new smoothing Newton methods. We do not require any function value of \(F\) or its derivative value outside the feasible region while at each step we only solve a linear system of equations and if we choose a certain smoothing function only a reduced form needs to be solved. Preliminary numerical results show that the proposed methods for particularly chosen smoothing functions are very promising.


90C33 Complementarity and equilibrium problems and variational inequalities (finite dimensions) (aspects of mathematical programming)
49J40 Variational inequalities
90C30 Nonlinear programming
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