The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new way of choosing directions for the Mesh Adaptive Direct Search (MADS) class of algorithms. The advantages of this new OrthoMADS instantiation of MADS are that the polling directions are chosen deterministically, ensuring that the results of a given run are repeatable, and that they are orthogonal to each other, therefore the convex cones of missed directions at each iteration are minimal in size.
The convergence results for OrthoMADS follow directly from those already published for MADS, and they hold deterministically, rather than with probability one, as for LtMADS, the first MADS instance. The initial numerical results are quite good for both smooth and nonsmooth, and constrained and unconstrained problems considered here.
Published February 2008 , 23 pages