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Global Optimization Software. Doron Pearl Jonathan Li Olesya Peshko Xie Feng . What is global optimization?. Global optimization is aimed at finding the best solution of constrained optimization problem which (may) also have various local optima. .

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global optimization software

Global Optimization Software

Doron Pearl

Jonathan Li

Olesya Peshko

Xie Feng

what is global optimization
What is global optimization?

Global optimization is aimed at finding the

best solution of constrained optimization

problem which (may) also have various

local optima.

general global optimization problem gop
General global optimization problem (GOP)
  • Given a bounded, robust setD in the real n-space Rnand a continuous function f: D R ,find

global min f(x), subject to the constraint x Є D


robust set : the closure of its nonempty interior.

first we have to tell you
First, we have to tell you..

No single optimization package can

solve all global optimization


two general classes in global optimization
Two General Classes In Global Optimization
  • Deterministic

-Grid search

-Branch and bound

  • Stochastic

-Simulated Annealing

-Tabu Search

-Genetic Algorithm

-Statistical Algorithm

deterministic class and software
Deterministic class and software

Actually, We can further classify deterministic class into two different sub-

class :

  • Explicit Function Required

Such as ..Baron

  • Explicit Function isn’t required

Such as ..LGO( Lipschitz Global Optimization ).


  • In present deterministic solvers, the number of solvers in first class is more

then in second class.

2. Even though LGO is regard as using deterministic way to solve the problem,

the solution isn’t always guaranteed to be “deterministic” global optimal.

3. There are some more solvers in first class won’t be discussed in detail, but

in later slides, they will be included in comparison.

lgo lipschitz global optimization
LGO Lipschitz Global Optimization

represents a ‘simple’ explicit constraint set:

frequently, it’s a finite n-dimensional interval or simplex, or Rn.

Furthermore, the objective function and constraint functions

are Lipschitz-continuous on D0.That is,they satisfy the relation

lgo lipschitz global optimization8
LGO Lipschitz Global Optimization

Three Key Components in the approach:

  • Lipschitz Continuous Function
  • Adaptive Partition Strategy
  • Branch and Bound
lipschitz continuous function
Lipschitz Continuous Function

With Lipschitz Continuous Property :

We can conclude the following observation of the function:

  • The ’slope’ is bounded with respect to the system input

variables x.

  • If a function is Lipschitz Continuous on certain compact

domain, it’s guaranteed that the bound of the function


  • On the other hand, without the property, on the sole basis

of sample points and corresponding function values, one

cannot provide a lower boundafterany finite number

of function evaluations of D.


  • It’s not necessary to compute L in global optimization, but the existence of it is a necessary condition to have lower bound.
lipschitz continuous function10
Lipschitz Continuous Function

In Lipschitz continuous function , the

more sample points we have , the more

accurate approximation of the lower

bound we can obtain.

adaptive partition strategy
Adaptive partition strategy
  • Usually implement on the relaxed feasible set, such as:

-Interval set: a<x<b (x, a, b is vector)

The strategy is to partition the interval into sub-interval by bisection.

In high dimension, it could be regard as a box.

-Simplex set:

The strategy is to partition the simplex into sub-simplex by each time cutting

one vertex out.

-Convex Cone set:

The strategy is to partition the cone into sub-cone.


  • As you may see, partition usually should:

-Create linear bound constraint of each partition

-Fulfill “exhaustive search”

  • The choice of different partition strategy usually depends on how well the relaxation is, such as tightness.
branch and bound
Branch and Bound
  • Branch literally means that the algorithm trying to partition the feasible region in some fashion.
  • Bound means while doing searching, we try to estimate the objective value by using upper bound and lower bound.
  • Upper bound: In each feasible region, the founded local optimum gives the upper bound, or the function evaluation of randomly sampling.
  • Lower bound : usually composed by certain approximation.
three approaches in lgo
Three approaches in LGO
  • LGO integrates a suite of robust and efficient global and local scope solvers. These include:
  • adaptive partition and search (branch-and-bound)
  • adaptive global random search

(single & multi-start)

  • constrained local optimization( reduced gradient method)


The random option of approach is also usually used to

handle black-box function.

general global optimization model in lgo
General global optimization model in LGO
  • x is a real n-vector (to describe feasible decisions)
  • a, b are finite, component-wise vector bounds imposed on x
  • f(x) is a continuous function (to describe the model objective)
  • g(x) is a continuous vector function (to describe the model constraints; the inequality sign is interpreted component-wise).
lgo interface
LGO interface


  • LGO solver suite for C and Fortran compilers, with a text I/O interface, or embedded in a Windows GUI


  • Excel Premium Solver Platform/LGO solver engine, in cooperation with Frontline Systems

Modeling Language:

  • GAMS/LGO solver engine, in cooperation with the GAMS Development Corporation

Integrated technical computing systems:

  • AIMMS/LGO solver engine, in cooperation with Paragon Decision Technologies
  • Global Optimization Toolbox for Maple, in cooperation with Maplesoft
  • MPL/LGO solver engine, in cooperation with Maximal Software
  • MathOptimizer for Mathematica, a native Mathematica product
  • MathOptimizer Professional (LGO for Mathematica), in cooperation with Dr. Frank Kampas
  • TOMLAB/LGO for Matlab, in cooperation with TOMLAB Optimization
  • LGO has been used to solve models with up to one thousand variables and constraints.
  • These packages are developed by J. D. Pinter, who, since doing his PhD (1982 - Moscow State University) in optimisation, has become an internationally known expert in the field. One of his textbooks has won an international award (INFORMS Computing Society Prize for Research Excellence)
  • Further detail will be discussed in later slides.
lgo testing
LGO testing
  • In our numerical experiments described here, we have used LGO to solve a set of GAMS models based on the Handbook of Test Problems in Local and Global Optimization by Floudas et al.(1999). For brevity, we shall refer to the model collection studied as HTPLGO. The set of models considered is available from GLOBALLib (GAMS Global World, 2003).

GLOBALLib is a collection of nonlinear models that provides GO solver developers with a large and varied set of theoretical and practical test models.

The entire test set used consists of 117 models.

The test models included have up to 142 variables, 109 constraints, 729 non-zero and 567 nonlinear-non-zero model terms.

lgo test result
LGO test result

Operational mode

(for brevity we shall use opmode)

.opmode 0: local search from a given nominal solution, without a preceding global search mode (LS)

·opmode 1: global branch-and-bound search and local search (BB+LS)

· opmode 2: global adaptive random search and local search (GARS+LS)

· opmode 3: global multi-start random search and local search (MS+LS)

Figure 3.

Efficiency profiles: all LGO solver modes are applied to GLOBALLib models.

using lgo
Using LGO

There are usually five stages while using LGO, they are

problem definition, problem compilation, model

parameters, model solution, and result analysis

-Problem definition: Define the function

-Problem Compilation : Link to obj and lib

-Model parameters: Set up lower bound, upper bound , and number of

constraint, etc

-Model solution: There is automatic model and interactive model

Automatic model :

Program determine which of the four module to use

to compute with respect to the input file

Interactive model:

User determine which module to use and in which order

,maximum search effort


commercial $1,600

academic $320

  • Premium Solver Platform



commercial $1,600

academic $600

some important fact
Some important fact
  • Continuity of the functions (objective and constraints) defining the global optimization model is sufficient to use the LGO software.

Naturally, in such cases only a statistical guarantee can be given for the global lower bound estimate. The lower bound generated by LGO is statistical in all cases, since it is based partially on pseudo-random sampling.

  • LGO could only give the global optima deterministically based on deterministic L and deterministic boundary.
comparison of complete global optimization solvers
Comparison of complete global optimization solvers

Solvers being compared:

  • We present test results for the global optimization systems BARON, COCOS, GlobSol, ICOS, LGO/GAMS, LINGO, OQNLP Premium Solver, and for comparison the local solver MINOS. All tests were made on the COCONUT benchmarking suite.

Outline of test set:

  • The test set from three libraries consists of 1322 models varying in dimension (number of variables) between 1 and over 1000, coded in the modeling language AMPL.
  • Library 1 : GAMS Global library ; real life global optimization problems with industrial relevance,

but currently most problems on this site are without computational


  • Library 2: CUTE library ; consist of global (and some local) optimization problems with

nonempty feasible domain

  • Library 3: EPFL library ; consists of pure constraint satisfaction problems (constant objective function)

almost all being feasible.

comparison of complete global optimization solvers 2
Comparison of complete global optimization solvers(2)

Those excluded from libraries:

1.Certain difficult ones for testing, but the difficulties is unrelated to solver

2.Those contain function which aren’t support by ampl2dag converter.

3. Problem actually contain objective function in Library3.

4. Showing strange behavior, which might caused by bug in converter

5. No solver can get optimal solution

brief overview of special characteristic of other solvers
Brief overview of special characteristic of other solvers
  • Globsol , Premium solver exploiting interval method.
  • ICOS is a pure constraint solver, which currently cannot handle models with an objective function
  • COCOS contains many modules that can be combined to yield various combination strategies for global optimization.
important related details
Important related details
  • All solvers are tested with the default options suggested by the providers of the codes.
  • The timeout limit used was (scaled to a 1000 MHz machine) around 180 seconds CPU time for models of size 1, 900 seconds for models of size 2, and 1800 seconds for models of size 3
  • The solvers LGO and GlobSol required a bounded search region, and we bounded each variable between ¡1000 and 1000, except in a few cases where this leads to a loss of the global optimum.
  • The reliability of claimed results is the most poorly documented aspect of current global optimization software.


Different solvers have different stopping criteria, Which should also be considered.


Baron, Lingo : stop while time

is up

LGO,OQNLP : stop based on

certain statistic

final remark
Final Remark
  • In a few cases, GlobSol and Premium Solver found solutions where BARON failed, which suggests that BARON would benefit from some of the advanced interval techniques implemented in GlobSol and Premium Solver.
  • However, GlobSol and Premium Solver are much less efficient in both time and solving capacity than BARON. To a large extent this may be due to the fact that both GlobSol and Premium Solve strive to achieve mathematical rigor, resulting in significant slowdown due to the need of rigorously validated techniques.

Janos D. Pinter (LGO ‘s creator) website

  • Global Optimization in Action Continuous and Lipschitz Optimization : Algorithm, Implementations and Applications, Author: Janos D. Pinter
  • Introduction to Global Optimization Author : Reiner Horst, Panos M.Pardalos and Nguyen V.Thoai
  • A comparison of complete global optimization solvers Arnold Neumaier. Oleg Shcherbina, Waltraud Huyer, Tamas Vinko , Mathematical Programming

Website maintained by Arnold Neumaier

p.s. If you like to check above two books, go asking Prof.Tamas. He will be generous to who like to learn.