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The adaptive convexification algorithm: a feasible point method for semi-infinite programming

Christodoulos A. Floudas and Oliver Stein

Abstract. We present a new numerical solution method for semi-infinite optimization problems. Its main idea is to adaptively construct convex relaxations of the lower level problem, replace the relaxed lower level problems equivalently by their Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions, and solve the resulting mathematical programs with complementarity constraints. This approximation produces feasible iterates for the original problem.

The convex relaxations are constructed with ideas from the αBB method of global optimization. The necessary upper bounds for functions on box domains can be determined using the techniques of interval arithmetic, where our algorithm already works if only one such bound is available for the problem.

We show convergence of stationary points of the approximating problems to a stationary point of original semi-infinite problem within arbitrarily given tolerances. Numerical examples from Chebyshev approximation and design centering illustrate the performance of the method.

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