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A Rigorous Framework for Optimization of Expensive Functions by Surrogates
, 1998
"... The goal of the research reported here is to develop rigorous optimization algorithms to apply to some engineering design problems for which direct application of traditional optimization approaches is not practical. This paper presents and analyzes a framework for generating a sequence of approxima ..."
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The goal of the research reported here is to develop rigorous optimization algorithms to apply to some engineering design problems for which direct application of traditional optimization approaches is not practical. This paper presents and analyzes a framework for generating a sequence of approximations to the objective function and managing the use of these approximations as surrogates for optimization. The result is to obtain convergence to a minimizer of an expensive objective function subject to simple constraints. The approach is widely applicable because it does not require, or even explicitly approximate, derivatives of the objective. Numerical results are presented for a 31variable helicopter rotor blade design example and for a standard optimization test example. Key Words: Approximation concepts, surrogate optimization, response surfaces, pattern search methods, derivativefree optimization, design and analysis of computer experiments (DACE), computational engineering. # ...
The Empirical Behavior of Sampling Methods for Stochastic Programming
 Annals of Operations Research
, 2002
"... We investigate the quality of solutions obtained from sampleaverage approximations to twostage stochastic linear programs with recourse. We use a recently developed software tool executing on a computational grid to solve many large instances of these problems, allowing us to obtain highquality s ..."
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We investigate the quality of solutions obtained from sampleaverage approximations to twostage stochastic linear programs with recourse. We use a recently developed software tool executing on a computational grid to solve many large instances of these problems, allowing us to obtain highquality solutions and to verify optimality and nearoptimality of the computed solutions in various ways.
Latin Supercube Sampling for Very High Dimensional Simulations
, 1997
"... This paper introduces Latin supercube sampling (LSS) for very high dimensional simulations, such as arise in particle transport, finance and queuing. LSS is developed as a combination of two widely used methods: Latin hypercube sampling (LHS), and QuasiMonte Carlo (QMC). In LSS, the input variables ..."
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This paper introduces Latin supercube sampling (LSS) for very high dimensional simulations, such as arise in particle transport, finance and queuing. LSS is developed as a combination of two widely used methods: Latin hypercube sampling (LHS), and QuasiMonte Carlo (QMC). In LSS, the input variables are grouped into subsets, and a lower dimensional QMC method is used within each subset. The QMC points are presented in random order within subsets. QMC methods have been observed to lose effectiveness in high dimensional problems. This paper shows that LSS can extend the benefits of QMC to much higher dimensions, when one can make a good grouping of input variables. Some suggestions for grouping variables are given for the motivating examples. Even a poor grouping can still be expected to do as well as LHS. The paper also extends LHS and LSS to infinite dimensional problems. The paper includes a survey of QMC methods, randomized versions of them (RQMC) and previous methods for extending Q...
Valuation of Mortgage Backed Securities Using Brownian Bridges to Reduce Effective Dimension
, 1997
"... The quasiMonte Carlo method for financial valuation and other integration problems has error bounds of size O((log N) k N \Gamma1 ), or even O((log N) k N \Gamma3=2 ), which suggests significantly better performance than the error size O(N \Gamma1=2 ) for standard Monte Carlo. But in hig ..."
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The quasiMonte Carlo method for financial valuation and other integration problems has error bounds of size O((log N) k N \Gamma1 ), or even O((log N) k N \Gamma3=2 ), which suggests significantly better performance than the error size O(N \Gamma1=2 ) for standard Monte Carlo. But in high dimensional problems this benefit might not appear at feasible sample sizes. Substantial improvements from quasiMonte Carlo integration have, however, been reported for problems such as the valuation of mortgagebacked securities, in dimensions as high as 360. We believe that this is due to a lower effective dimension of the integrand in those cases. This paper defines the effective dimension and shows in examples how the effective dimension may be reduced by using a Brownian bridge representation. 1 Introduction Simulation is often the only effective numerical method for the accurate valuation of securities whose value depends on the whole trajectory of interest Mathematics Departmen...
Computer Experiments
, 1996
"... Introduction Deterministic computer simulations of physical phenomena are becoming widely used in science and engineering. Computers are used to describe the flow of air over an airplane wing, combustion of gasses in a flame, behavior of a metal structure under stress, safety of a nuclear reactor, a ..."
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Introduction Deterministic computer simulations of physical phenomena are becoming widely used in science and engineering. Computers are used to describe the flow of air over an airplane wing, combustion of gasses in a flame, behavior of a metal structure under stress, safety of a nuclear reactor, and so on. Some of the most widely used computer models, and the ones that lead us to work in this area, arise in the design of the semiconductors used in the computers themselves. A process simulator starts with a data structure representing an unprocessed piece of silicon and simulates the steps such as oxidation, etching and ion injection that produce a semiconductor device such as a transistor. A device simulator takes a description of such a device and simulates the flow of current through it under varying conditions to determine properties of the device such as its switching speed and the critical voltage at which it switches. A circuit simulator takes a list of devices and the
Hypercube Sampling and the Propagation of Uncertainty in Analyses of Complex Systems
, 2002
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Filter Pattern Search Algorithms for Mixed Variable Constrained Optimization Problems
 SIAM Journal on Optimization
, 2004
"... A new class of algorithms for solving nonlinearly constrained mixed variable optimization problems is presented. This class combines and extends the AudetDennis Generalized Pattern Search (GPS) algorithms for bound constrained mixed variable optimization, and their GPSfilter algorithms for gene ..."
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A new class of algorithms for solving nonlinearly constrained mixed variable optimization problems is presented. This class combines and extends the AudetDennis Generalized Pattern Search (GPS) algorithms for bound constrained mixed variable optimization, and their GPSfilter algorithms for general nonlinear constraints. In generalizing existing algorithms, new theoretical convergence results are presented that reduce seamlessly to existing results for more specific classes of problems. While no local continuity or smoothness assumptions are required to apply the algorithm, a hierarchy of theoretical convergence results based on the Clarke calculus is given, in which local smoothness dictate what can be proved about certain limit points generated by the algorithm. To demonstrate the usefulness of the algorithm, the algorithm is applied to the design of a loadbearing thermal insulation system. We believe this is the first algorithm with provable convergence results to directly target this class of problems.
Methods for Approximating Integrals in Statistics with Special Emphasis on Bayesian Integration Problems
 Statistical Science
"... This paper is a survey of the major techniques and approaches available for the numerical approximation of integrals in statistics. We classify these into five broad categories; namely, asymptotic methods, importance sampling, adaptive importance sampling, multiple quadrature and Markov chain method ..."
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This paper is a survey of the major techniques and approaches available for the numerical approximation of integrals in statistics. We classify these into five broad categories; namely, asymptotic methods, importance sampling, adaptive importance sampling, multiple quadrature and Markov chain methods. Each method is discussed giving an outline of the basic supporting theory and particular features of the technique. Conclusions are drawn concerning the relative merits of the methods based on the discussion and their application to three examples. The following broad recommendations are made. Asymptotic methods should only be considered in contexts where the integrand has a dominant peak with approximate ellipsoidal symmetry. Importance sampling, and preferably adaptive importance sampling, based on a multivariate Student should be used instead of asymptotics methods in such a context. Multiple quadrature, and in particular subregion adaptive integration, are the algorithms of choice for...
Integrated variance reduction strategies for simulation
 Operations Research
, 1996
"... We develop strategies for integrated use of certain wellknown variance reduction techniques to estimate a mean response in a finitehorizon simulation experiment. The building blocks for these integrated variance reduction strategies are the techniques of conditional expectation, correlation induc ..."
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We develop strategies for integrated use of certain wellknown variance reduction techniques to estimate a mean response in a finitehorizon simulation experiment. The building blocks for these integrated variance reduction strategies are the techniques of conditional expectation, correlation induction (including antithetic variates and Latin hypercube sampling), and control variates; and all pairings of these techniques are examined. For each integrated strategy, we establish sufficient conditions under which that strategy will yield a smaller response variance than its constituent variance reduction techniques will yield individually. We also provide asymptotic variance comparisons between many of the methods discussed, with emphasis on integrated strategies that incorporate Latin hypercube sampling. An experimental performance evaluation reveals that in the simulation of stochastic activity networks, substantial variance reductions can be achieved with these integrated strategies. Both the theoretical and experimental results indicate that superior performance is obtained via joint application of the techniques of conditional expectation and Latin hypercube sampling. Subject classifications: Simulation, efficiency: conditioning, control variates, correlation inArea of review: Simulation.
Monte Carlo Variance of Scrambled Net Quadrature
 SIAM J. Numer. Anal
, 1997
"... . Hybrids of equidistribution and Monte Carlo methods of integration can achieve the superior accuracy of the former while allowing the simple error estimation methods of the latter. This paper studies the variance of one such hybrid, scrambled nets, by applying a multidimensional multiresolution (w ..."
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. Hybrids of equidistribution and Monte Carlo methods of integration can achieve the superior accuracy of the former while allowing the simple error estimation methods of the latter. This paper studies the variance of one such hybrid, scrambled nets, by applying a multidimensional multiresolution (wavelet) analysis to the integrand. The integrand is assumed to be measurable and square integrable but not necessarily of bounded variation. In simple Monte Carlo, every nonconstant term of the multiresolution contributes to the variance of the estimated integral. For scrambled nets, certain lowdimensional and coarse terms do not contribute to the variance. For any integrand in L 2 , the sampling variance tends to zero faster under scrambled net quadrature than under Monte Carlo sampling, as the number of function evaluations n tends to infinity. Some finite n results bound the variance under scrambled net quadrature by a small constant multiple of the Monte Carlo variance, uniformly ove...