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Smooth SQP Methods for Mathematical Programs with Nonlinear Complementarity Constraints
 SIAM Journal on Optimization
, 1997
"... Mathematical programs with nonlinear complementarity constraints are reformulated using betterposed but nonsmooth constraints. We introduce a class of functions, parameterized by a real scalar, to approximate these nonsmooth problems by smooth nonlinear programs. This smoothing procedure has the ex ..."
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Mathematical programs with nonlinear complementarity constraints are reformulated using betterposed but nonsmooth constraints. We introduce a class of functions, parameterized by a real scalar, to approximate these nonsmooth problems by smooth nonlinear programs. This smoothing procedure has the extra benefits that it often improves the prospect of feasibility and stability of the constraints of the associated nonlinear programs and their quadratic approximations. We present two globally convergent algorithms based on sequential quadratic programming, SQP, as applied in exact penalty methods for nonlinear programs. Global convergence of the implicit smooth SQP method depends on existence of a lowerlevel nondegenerate (strictly complementary) limit point of the iteration sequence. Global convergence of the explicit smooth SQP method depends on a weaker property, i.e. existence of a limit point at which a generalized constraint qualification holds. We also discuss some practical matter...
An implementable activeset algorithm for computing a Bstationary point of a mathematical program with linear complementarity constraints
 SIAM J. Optim
"... Abstract. In [3], an ɛactive set algorithm was proposed for solving a mathematical program with a smooth objective function and linear inequality/complementarity constraints. It is asserted therein that, under a uniform LICQ on the ɛfeasible set, this algorithm generates iterates whose cluster poi ..."
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Abstract. In [3], an ɛactive set algorithm was proposed for solving a mathematical program with a smooth objective function and linear inequality/complementarity constraints. It is asserted therein that, under a uniform LICQ on the ɛfeasible set, this algorithm generates iterates whose cluster points are Bstationary points of the problem. However, the proof has a gap and only shows that each cluster point is an Mstationary point. We discuss this gap and show that Bstationarity can be achieved if the algorithm is modified and an additional error bound condition holds. Key words. MPEC, Bstationary point, ɛactive set, error bound AMS subject classifications. 65K05, 90C30, 90C33
QPECgen, a MATLAB generator for mathematical programs with quadratic objectives and affine variational inequality constraints
"... . We describe a technique for generating a special class, called QPEC, of mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints, MPEC. A QPEC is a quadratic MPEC, that is an optimization problem whose objective function is quadratic, firstlevel constraints are linear, and secondlevel (equilibrium) co ..."
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. We describe a technique for generating a special class, called QPEC, of mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints, MPEC. A QPEC is a quadratic MPEC, that is an optimization problem whose objective function is quadratic, firstlevel constraints are linear, and secondlevel (equilibrium) constraints are given by a parametric affine variational inequality or one of its specialisations. The generator, written in MATLAB, allows the user to control different properties of the QPEC and its solution. Options include the proportion of degenerate constraints in both the first and second level, illconditioning, convexity of the objective, monotonicity and symmetry of the secondlevel problem, and so on. We believe these properties may substantially effect efficiency of existing methods for MPEC, and illustrate this numerically by applying several methods to generator test problems. Documentation and relevant codes can be found by visiting http://www.maths.mu.OZ.AU/~danny/qpecgendoc.h...
On attraction of Newtontype iterates to multipliers violating secondorder sufficiency conditions
, 2009
"... Assuming that the primal part of the sequence generated by a Newtontype (e.g., SQP) method applied to an equalityconstrained problem converges to a solution where the constraints are degenerate, we investigate whether the dual part of the sequence is attracted by those Lagrange multipliers which s ..."
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Assuming that the primal part of the sequence generated by a Newtontype (e.g., SQP) method applied to an equalityconstrained problem converges to a solution where the constraints are degenerate, we investigate whether the dual part of the sequence is attracted by those Lagrange multipliers which satisfy secondorder sufficient condition (SOSC) for optimality, or by those multipliers which violate it. This question is relevant at least for two reasons: one is speed of convergence of standard methods; the other is applicability of some recently proposed approaches for handling degenerate constraints. We show that for the class of damped Newton methods, convergence of the dual sequence to multipliers satisfying SOSC is unlikely to occur. We support our findings by numerical experiments. We also suggest a simple auxiliary procedure for computing multiplier estimates, which does not have this
Newtontype methods for optimization problems without constraint qualifications
 SIAM Journal on Optimization
, 2004
"... Abstract. We consider equalityconstrained optimization problems, where a given solution may not satisfy any constraint qualification but satisfies the standard secondorder sufficient condition for optimality. Based on local identification of the rank of the constraints degeneracy via the singular ..."
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Abstract. We consider equalityconstrained optimization problems, where a given solution may not satisfy any constraint qualification but satisfies the standard secondorder sufficient condition for optimality. Based on local identification of the rank of the constraints degeneracy via the singularvalue decomposition, we derive a modified primaldual optimality system whose solution is locally unique, nondegenerate, and thus can be found by standard Newtontype techniques. Using identification of active constraints, we further extend our approach to mixed equality and inequalityconstrained problems, and to mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCC). In particular, for MPCC we obtain a local algorithm with quadratic convergence under the secondorder sufficient condition only, without any constraint qualifications, not even the special MPCC constraint qualifications.
Generalized stationary points and an interiorpoint method for mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints
 Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences, Northwestern University
, 2005
"... Abstract. Generalized stationary points of the mathematical program with equilibrium constraints (MPEC) are studied to better describe the limit points produced by interior point methods for MPEC. A primaldual interiorpoint method is then proposed, which solves a sequence of relaxed barrier proble ..."
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Abstract. Generalized stationary points of the mathematical program with equilibrium constraints (MPEC) are studied to better describe the limit points produced by interior point methods for MPEC. A primaldual interiorpoint method is then proposed, which solves a sequence of relaxed barrier problems derived from MPEC. Global convergence results are deduced without assuming strict complementarity or the linear independence constraint qualification for MPEC (MPECLICQ). Under certain general assumptions, the algorithm can always find some point with strong or weak stationarity. In particular, it is shown that every limit point of the generated sequence is a strong stationary point of MPEC if the penalty parameter of the merit function is bounded. Otherwise, a certain point with weak stationarity can be obtained. Preliminary numerical results are reported, which include a case analyzed by Leyffer for which the penalty interiorpoint algorithm failed to find a stationary point. Key words: Global convergence, interiorpoint methods, mathematical programming with equilibrium constraints, stationary point
Complementarity And Related Problems: A Survey
, 1998
"... This survey gives an introduction to some of the recent developments in the field of complementarity and related problems. After presenting two typical examples and the basic existence and uniqueness results, we focus on some new trends for solving nonlinear complementarity problems. Extensions to ..."
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This survey gives an introduction to some of the recent developments in the field of complementarity and related problems. After presenting two typical examples and the basic existence and uniqueness results, we focus on some new trends for solving nonlinear complementarity problems. Extensions to mixed complementarity problems, variational inequalities and mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints are also discussed.
An interior point method for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs
 SIAM Journal on Optimization
"... Abstract. Interior point methods for nonlinear programs (NLP) are adapted for solution of mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs). The constraints of the MPCC are suitably relaxed so as to guarantee a strictly feasible interior for the inequality constraints. The standard prim ..."
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Abstract. Interior point methods for nonlinear programs (NLP) are adapted for solution of mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs). The constraints of the MPCC are suitably relaxed so as to guarantee a strictly feasible interior for the inequality constraints. The standard primaldual algorithm has been adapted with a modified step calculation. The algorithm is shown to be superlinearly convergent in the neighborhood of the solution set under assumptions of MPCCLICQ, strong stationarity and upper level strict complementarity. The modification can be easily accommodated within most nonlinear programming interior point algorithms with identical local behavior. Numerical experience is also presented and holds promise for the proposed method. Key words. Barrier method, MPECs, Complementarity, NLP. AMS subject classifications. 1. Introduction. The MPCC considered in the paper is, min f(x, w, y) x,w,y s.t. h(x, w, y) = 0 x ≥ 0
Examples of dual behaviour of Newtontype methods on optimization problems with degenerate constraints
 Computational Optimization and Applications
"... discuss possible scenarios of behaviour of the dual part of sequences generated by primaldual Newtontype methods when applied to optimization problems with nonunique multipliers associated to a solution. Those scenarios are: (a) failure of convergence of the dual sequence; (b) convergence to a so ..."
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discuss possible scenarios of behaviour of the dual part of sequences generated by primaldual Newtontype methods when applied to optimization problems with nonunique multipliers associated to a solution. Those scenarios are: (a) failure of convergence of the dual sequence; (b) convergence to a socalled critical multiplier (which, in particular, violates some secondorder sufficient conditions for optimality), the latter appearing to be a typical scenario when critical multipliers exist; (c) convergence to a noncritical multiplier. The case of mathematical programs with complementarity constraints is also discussed. We illustrate those scenarios with examples, and discuss consequences for the speed of convergence. We also put together a collection of examples of optimization problems with constraints violating some standard constraint qualifications, intended for preliminary testing of existing algorithms on degenerate problems, or for developing special new algorithms designed to deal with constraints degeneracy. Keywords Degenerate constraints · Secondorder sufficiency · Newton method · SQP
A twosided relaxation scheme for mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints
 SIAM J. Optim
, 2005
"... Abstract. We propose a relaxation scheme for mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPECs). In contrast to previous approaches, our relaxation is twosided: both the complementarity and the nonnegativity constraints are relaxed. The proposed relaxation update rule guarantees (under cert ..."
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Abstract. We propose a relaxation scheme for mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPECs). In contrast to previous approaches, our relaxation is twosided: both the complementarity and the nonnegativity constraints are relaxed. The proposed relaxation update rule guarantees (under certain conditions) that the sequence of relaxed subproblems will maintain a strictly feasible interior—even in the limit. We show how the relaxation scheme can be used in combination with a standard interiorpoint method to achieve superlinear convergence. Numerical results on the MacMPEC test problem set demonstrate the fast local convergence properties of the approach. Key words. nonlinear programming, mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints, complementarity constraints, constrained minimization, interiorpoint methods, primaldual methods,