In this paper we propose an heuristic to improve the performances of the recently proposed derivative-free method for nonsmooth optimization CS-DFN. The heuristic is based on a clustering-type technique to compute an estimate of Clarke’s generalized gradient of the objective function, obtained via calculation of the (approximate) directional derivative along a certain set of directions. A search direction is then calculated by applying a nonsmooth Newton-type approach. As such, this direction (as it is shown by the numerical experiments) is a good descent direction for the objective function. We report some numerical results and comparison with the original CS-DFN method to show the utility of the proposed improvement on a set of well-known test problems.
2023, OPTIMIZATION LETTERS, Pages -
A clustering heuristic to improve a derivative-free algorithm for nonsmooth optimization (01a Articolo in rivista)
Gaudioso Manlio, Liuzzi Giampaolo, Lucidi Stefano