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Truncated Newton method for sparse unconstrained optimization using automatic differentiation. (English) Zbl 0632.90060
When solving large complex optimization problems, the user is faced with three major problems. These are: (i) the cost in human time in obtaining accurate expressions for the derivatives involved; (ii) the need to store second derivative information; and (iii) of lessening importance, the time taken to solve the problem on the computer. For many problems, a significant part of the latter can be attributed to solving Newton-like equations. In the algorithm described, the equations are solved using a conjugate direction method which only needs the Hessian at the current point when it is multiplied by a trial vector. In this paper, we present a method that finds this product using automatic differentiation while only requiring vector storage. The method takes advantage of any sparsity in the Hessian matrix and computes exact derivatives. It avoids the complexity of symbolic differentiation, the inaccuracy of numerical differentiation, the labor of finding analytic derivatives, and the need for matrix store. When far from a minimum, an accurate solution to the Newton equations is not justified, so an approximate solution is obtained by using a version of R. Dembo and T. Steihaug’s truncated Newton algorithm [Math. Program. 26, 190-212 (1982; Zbl 0523.90078)].
Reviewer: L.C.W.Dixon

90C30 Nonlinear programming
49M37 Numerical methods based on nonlinear programming
65K05 Numerical mathematical programming methods
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