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Global Line Search Algorithm Hybridized with Quadratic Interpolation and Its Extension to Separable Functions

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Digital Library of the Czech Technical University in Prague
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  • Black-Box Optimization
  • Line Search
  • Separable Functions
  • Hybrid Algorithm
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Abstract

We propose a novel hybrid algorithm“Brent-STEP” for uni- variate global function minimization, based on the global line search method STEP and accelerated by Brent’s method, a local optimizer that combines quadratic interpolation and golden section steps. We analyze the performance of the hy- brid algorithm on various one-dimensional functions and ex- perimentally demonstrate a significant improvement relative to its constituent algorithms in most cases. We then gener- alize the algorithm to multivariate functions, adopting the recently proposed [8] scheme to interleave evaluations across dimensions to achieve smoother and more efficient conver- gence. We experimentally demonstrate the highly competi- tive performance of the proposed multivariate algorithm on separable functions of the BBOB benchmark. The combina- tion of good performance and smooth convergence on sepa- rable functions makes the algorithm an interesting candidate for inclusion in algorithmic portfolios or hybrid algorithms that aim to provide good performance on a wide range of problems.

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