Numerica A Modeling Language for Global Optimization
- List Price: $30.00
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Mit Pr
- Publish date: 07/01/1997
Many science and engineering applications require the user to find solutions to systems of nonlinear constraints or to optimize a nonlinear function subject to nonlinear constraints. The field of global optimization is the study of methods to find all solutions to systems of nonlinear constraints and all global optima to optimization problems.
Numerica is a modeling language for global optimization that makes it possible to state nonlinear problems in a form close to the statements traditionally found in textbooks and scientific papers. Numerica is guaranteed to find all isolated solutions to a system of nonlinear equations and to find all isolated global optima to optimization problems. Numerica also may be instrumental in proving the existence of solutions automatically.
The constraint-solving algorithm of Numerica is based on a combination of traditional numerical methods such as interval and local methods, and constraint satisfaction techniques. For a variety of benchmarks, Numerica is competitive with state-of-the-art continuation methods; it also solves standard benchmarks such as the Broyden Banded function in almost linear time for very large ranges.
This comprehensive presentation of Numerica describes its design, functions, and implementation. It also discusses how to use Numerica effectively to solve practical problems and reports a number of experimental results.
A commercial implementation of Numerica is available from ILOG (www. ilog.com) under the name ILOG Numerica.