The modified subgradient algorithm based on feasible values

Kasimbeyli R., Ustun O., Rubinov A. M.

OPTIMIZATION, vol.58, no.5, pp.535-560, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02331930902928419
  • Journal Name: OPTIMIZATION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.535-560
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


In this article, we continue to study the modified subgradient (MSG) algorithm previously suggested by Gasimov for solving the sharp augmented Lagrangian dual problems. The most important features of this algorithm are those that guarantees a global optimum for a wide class of non-convex optimization problems, generates a strictly increasing sequence of dual values, a property which is not shared by the other subgradient methods and guarantees convergence. The main drawbacks of MSG algorithm, which are typical for many subgradient algorithms, are those that uses an unconstrained global minimum of the augmented Lagrangian function and requires knowing an approximate upper bound of the initial problem to update stepsize parameters. In this study we introduce a new algorithm based on the so-called feasible values and give convergence theorems. The new algorithm does not require to know the optimal value initially and seeks it iteratively beginning with an arbitrary number. It is not necessary to find a global minimum of the augmented Lagrangian for updating the stepsize parameters in the new algorithm. A collection of test problems are used to demonstrate the performance of the new algorithm.