Model-Based Derivative-Free Methods for Convex-Constrained Optimization


We present a model-based derivative-free method for optimization subject to general convex constraints, which we assume are unrelaxable and accessed only through a projection operator that is cheap to evaluate. We prove global convergence and a worst-case complexity of $O(\epsilon^{−2})$ iterations and objective evaluations for nonconvex functions, matching results for the unconstrained case. We introduce new, weaker requirements on model accuracy compared to existing methods. As a result, sufficiently accurate interpolation models can be constructed only using feasible points. We develop a comprehensive theory of interpolation set management in this regime for linear and composite linear models. We implement our approach for nonlinear least-squares problems and demonstrate strong practical performance compared to general-purpose solvers.

SIAM Journal on Optimization