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nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc)

Note: this function uses optional arguments to define choices in the problem specification and in the details of the algorithm. If you wish to use default settings for all of the optional arguments, you need only read Sections 1 to 9 of this document. If, however, you wish to reset some or all of the settings please refer to Section 10 for a detailed description of the algorithm, to Section 11 for a detailed description of the specification of the optional arguments and to Section 12 for a detailed description of the monitoring information produced by the function.

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    1  Purpose
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1  Purpose

nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) solves sparse linear and nonlinear programming problems.

2  Specification

#include <nag.h>
#include <nage04.h>
void  nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (Nag_Start start, Integer nf, Integer n, Integer nxname, Integer nfname, double objadd, Integer objrow, const char *prob,
void (*usrfun)(Integer *status, Integer n, const double x[], Integer needf, Integer nf, double f[], Integer needg, Integer leng, double g[], Nag_Comm *comm),
const Integer iafun[], const Integer javar[], const double a[], Integer lena, Integer nea, const Integer igfun[], const Integer jgvar[], Integer leng, Integer neg, const double xlow[], const double xupp[], const char *xnames[], const double flow[], const double fupp[], const char *fnames[], double x[], Integer xstate[], double xmul[], double f[], Integer fstate[], double fmul[], Integer *ns, Integer *ninf, double *sinf, Nag_E04State *state, Nag_Comm *comm, NagError *fail)
Before calling nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc), or one of the option setting functions function nag_opt_sparse_nlp_init (e04vgc) must be called. The specification for nag_opt_sparse_nlp_init (e04vgc) is:
#include <nag.h>
#include <nage04.h>
void  nag_opt_sparse_nlp_init (Nag_E04State *state, NagError *fail)
The contents of state must not be altered between calling functions

3  Description

nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is designed to minimize a linear or nonlinear function subject to bounds on the variables and sparse linear or nonlinear constraints. It is suitable for large-scale linear and quadratic programming and for linearly constrained optimization, as well as for general nonlinear programs of the form
minimizex f0x   subject to ​ l x fx ALx u , (1)
where x  is an n -vector of variables, l  and u  are constant lower and upper bounds, f0 x  is a smooth scalar objective function, AL  is a sparse matrix, and fx  is a vector of smooth nonlinear constraint functions fix . The optional argument Maximize specifies that f0x  should be maximized instead of minimized.
Ideally, the first derivatives (gradients) of f0x  and fix  should be known and coded by you. If only some of the gradients are known, nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) estimates the missing ones by finite differences.
If f0x  is linear and fx  is absent, (1) is a linear program (LP) and nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) applies the primal simplex method (see Dantzig (1963)). Sparse basis factors are maintained by LUSOL (see Gill et al. (1987)) as in MINOS (see Murtagh and Saunders (1995)).
If only the objective is nonlinear, the problem is linearly constrained (LC) and tends to solve more easily than the general case with nonlinear constraints (NC). For both nonlinear cases, nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) applies a sparse sequential quadratic programming (SQP) method (see Gill et al. (2002)), using limited-memory quasi-Newton approximations to the Hessian of the Lagrangian. The merit function for step-length control is an augmented Lagrangian, as in the dense SQP solver nag_opt_nlp_solve (e04wdc) (see Gill et al. (1986) and Gill et al. (1992)).
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is suitable for nonlinear problems with thousands of constraints and variables, and is most efficient if only some of the variables enter nonlinearly, or there are relatively few degrees of freedom at a solution (i.e., many constraints are active). However, there is no limit on the number of degrees of freedom.
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) allows linear and nonlinear constraints and variables to be entered in an arbitrary order, and uses one function to define all the nonlinear functions.
The optimization problem is assumed to be in the form
minimizex Fobj x   subject to ​ lx x ux ,   lF Fx uF , (2)
where the upper and lower bounds are constant, Fx  is a vector of smooth linear and nonlinear constraint functions Fix , and Fobj x  is one of the components of F  to be minimized, as specified by the input argument objrow. nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) reorders the variables and constraints so that the problem is in the form (1).
Upper and lower bounds are specified for all variables and functions. The j th constraint may be defined as an equality by setting lj = uj . If certain bounds are not present, the associated elements of l or u should be set to special values that are treated as - or +. Free variables and free constraints (‘free rows’) have both bounds infinite.
In general, the components of F  are structured in the sense that they are formed from sums of linear and nonlinear functions of just some of the variables. This structure can be exploited by nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc).
In many cases, the vector Fx  is a sum of linear and nonlinear functions. nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) allows these terms to be specified separately, so that the linear part is defined just once by the input arguments iafun, javar and a. Only the nonlinear part is recomputed at each x .
Suppose that each component of Fx  is of the form
Fix = fix + j=1 n Aij xj ,
where fix  is a nonlinear function (possibly zero) and the elements Aij  are constant. The nf  by n  Jacobian of Fx  is the sum of two sparse matrices of the same size: Fx = Gx + A , where Gx = fx  and A  is the matrix with elements Aij . The two matrices must be non-overlapping in the sense that each element of the Jacobian Fx = Gx + A  comes from Gx  or A , but not both. The element cannot be split between Gx  and A .
For example, the function
Fx = 3x1 + ex2 x4 + x22 + 4x4 - x3 + x5 x2 + x32 + sinx4 - 3x5 x1 - x3
can be written as
Fx = fx + Ax = ex2 x4 + x22 + 4x4 x32 + sinx4 0 + 3x1 - x3 + x5 x2 - 3x5 x1 - x3 ,
in which case
Fx = 3 ex2 x4 + 2x2 -1 ex2 + 4 -1 0 1 2x3 cosx4 -3 1 0 -1 0 -0
can be written as Fx = fx + A = Gx + A , where
Gx = 0 ex2 x4 + 2x2 0 ex2 + 4 0 0 0 2x3 cosx4 0 0 0 0 0 0 ,   A = 3 0 -1 0 -1 0 1 -0 0 -3 1 0 -1 0 -0 .
Note:  the element ex2+4  of Fx  appears in Gx  and is not split between Gx  and A  although it contains a linear term.
The nonzero elements of A  and G  are provided to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) in coordinate form. The elements of A  are entered as triples i,j,Aij  in the arrays iafun, javar and a. The sparsity pattern G  is entered as pairs i,j  in the arrays igfun and jgvar. The corresponding entries Gij  (any that are known) are assigned to appropriate array elements gk  in usrfun.
The elements of A  and G  may be stored in any order. Duplicate entries are ignored. igfun and jgvar may be defined automatically by function nag_opt_sparse_nlp_jacobian (e04vjc) when Derivative Option=0 is specified and usrfun does not provide any gradients.
Throughout this document the symbol ε is used to represent the machine precision (see nag_machine_precision (X02AJC)).
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is based on SNOPTA, which is part of the SNOPT package described in Gill et al. (2005b).

4  References

Dantzig G B (1963) Linear Programming and Extensions Princeton University Press
Eldersveld S K (1991) Large-scale sequential quadratic programming algorithms PhD Thesis Department of Operations Research, Stanford University, Stanford
Fourer R (1982) Solving staircase linear programs by the simplex method Math. Programming 23 274–313
Gill P E, Murray W and Saunders M A (2002) SNOPT: An SQP Algorithm for Large-scale Constrained Optimization 12 979–1006 SIAM J. Optim.
Gill P E, Murray W and Saunders M A (2005a) Users' guide for SQOPT 7: a Fortran package for large-scale linear and quadratic programming Report NA 05-1 Department of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego ftp://www.cam.ucsd.edu/pub/peg/reports/sqdoc7.pdf
Gill P E, Murray W and Saunders M A (2005b) Users' guide for SNOPT 7.1: a Fortran package for large-scale linear nonlinear programming Report NA 05-2 Department of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego ftp://www.cam.ucsd.edu/pub/peg/reports/sndoc7.pdf
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1986) Users' guide for NPSOL (Version 4.0): a Fortran package for nonlinear programming Report SOL 86-2 Department of Operations Research, Stanford University
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1987) Maintaining LU factors of a general sparse matrix Linear Algebra and its Applics. 88/89 239–270
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1992) Some theoretical properties of an augmented Lagrangian merit function Advances in Optimization and Parallel Computing (ed P M Pardalos) 101–128 North Holland
Hock W and Schittkowski K (1981) Test Examples for Nonlinear Programming Codes. Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems 187 Springer–Verlag
Murtagh B A and Saunders M A (1978) Large-scale linearly constrained optimization 14 41–72 Math. Program.
Murtagh B A and Saunders M A (1982) A projected Lagrangian algorithm and its implementation for sparse nonlinear constraints Math. Program. Stud. 16 84–118
Murtagh B A and Saunders M A (1995) MINOS 5.4 users' guide Report SOL 83-20R Department of Operations Research, Stanford University

5  Arguments

1:     startNag_StartInput
On entry: indicates how a starting point is to be obtained.
start=Nag_Cold
Requests that the Crash procedure be used, unless a Basis file is provided via optional arguments Old Basis File, Insert File or Load File.
start=Nag_BasisFile
Is the same as start=Nag_Cold but is more meaningful when a Basis file is given.
start=Nag_Warm
Means that xstate and fstate define a valid starting point (probably from an earlier call, though not necessarily).
Constraint: start=Nag_Cold, Nag_BasisFile or Nag_Warm.
2:     nfIntegerInput
On entry: nf, the number of problem functions in Fx , including the objective function (if any) and the linear and nonlinear constraints. Upper and lower bounds on x  can be defined using the arguments xlow and xupp and should not be included in F .
Constraint: nf>0.
3:     nIntegerInput
On entry: n , the number of variables.
Constraint: n>0.
4:     nxnameIntegerInput
On entry: the number of names provided in the array xnames.
nxname=1
There are no names provided and generic names will be used in the output.
nxname=n
Names for all variables must be provided and will be used in the output.
Constraint: nxname=1​ or ​n.
5:     nfnameIntegerInput
On entry: the number of names provided in the array fnames.
nfname=1
There are no names provided and generic names will be used in the output.
nfname=nf
Names for all functions must be provided and will be used in the output.
Constraint: nfname=1​ or ​nf.
Note: if nxname=1 then nfname must also be 1 (and vice versa). Similarly, if nxname=n then nfname must be nf (and vice versa).
6:     objadddoubleInput
On entry: is a constant that will be added to the objective row Fobj for printing purposes. Typically, objadd=0.0.
7:     objrowInteger Input
On entry: says which row of Fx is to act as the objective function. If there is no such row, set objrow=0 . Then nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) will seek a feasible point such that lF Fx uF  and lx x ux .
Constraint: 1objrownf​ or ​objrow=0 (or a feasible point problem).
8:     probconst char *Input
On entry: the name for the problem. prob is used in the printed solution and in some functions that output Basis files. Only the first eight characters of prob are significant.
9:     usrfunfunction, supplied by the userExternal Function
usrfun must define the nonlinear portion fx  of the problem functions Fx=fx + Ax , along with its gradient elements Gij x= fix xj . A dummy function is needed even if fx=0  and all functions are linear.
In general, usrfun should return all function and gradient values on every entry except perhaps the last. This provides maximum reliability and corresponds to the default option setting, Derivative Option=1.
The elements of Gx  are stored in the array g[i-1], for i=1,2,,leng, in the order specified by the input arrays igfun and jgvar.
In practice it is often convenient not to code gradients. nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is able to estimate them by finite differences, using a call to usrfun for each variable xj  for which some fix xj  needs to be estimated. However, this reduces the reliability of the optimization algorithm, and it can be very expensive if there are many such variables xj .
As a compromise, nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) allows you to code as many gradients as you like. This option is implemented as follows. Just before usrfun is called, each element of the derivative array g is initialized to a specific value. On exit, any element retaining that value must be estimated by finite differences.
Some rules of thumb follow:
(i) for maximum reliability, compute all gradients;
(ii) if the gradients are expensive to compute, specify optional argument Nonderivative Linesearch and use the value of the input argument needg to avoid computing them on certain entries. (There is no need to compute gradients if needg=0 on entry to usrfun.);
(iii) if not all gradients are known, you must specify Derivative Option=0. You should still compute as many gradients as you can. (It often happens that some of them are constant or zero.);
(iv) again, if the known gradients are expensive, don't compute them if needg=0 on entry to usrfun;
(v) use the input argument status to test for special actions on the first or last entries;
(vi) while usrfun is being developed, use the optional argument Verify Level to check the computation of gradients that are supposedly known;
(vii) usrfun is not called until the linear constraints and bounds on x  are satisfied. This helps confine x  to regions where the functions fix  are likely to be defined. However, be aware of the optional argument Minor Feasibility Tolerance if the functions have singularities on the constraint boundaries;
(viii) set status=-1  if some of the functions are undefined. The linesearch will shorten the step and try again;
(ix) set status-2  if you want nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) to stop.
The specification of usrfun is:
void  usrfun (Integer *status, Integer n, const double x[], Integer needf, Integer nf, double f[], Integer needg, Integer leng, double g[], Nag_Comm *comm)
1:     statusInteger *Input/Output
On entry: indicates the first and last calls to usrfun.
status=0
There is nothing special about the current call to usrfun.
status=1
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is calling your function for the first time. You may wish to do something special such as read data from a file.
status2
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is calling your function for the last time. This argument setting allows you to perform some additional computation on the final solution.
status=2
The current x is optimal.
status=3
The problem appears to be infeasible.
status=4
The problem appears to be unbounded.
status=5
An iterations limit was reached.
If the functions are expensive to evaluate, it may be desirable to do nothing on the last call. The first executable statement could be
if (*status ≥ 2) return;
On exit: may be used to indicate that you are unable to evaluate f  or its gradients at the current x . (For example, the problem functions may not be defined there.)
During the linesearch, fx  is evaluated at points x=xk + α pk  for various step lengths α , where fxk  has already been evaluated satisfactorily. For any such x , if you set status=-1 , nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) will reduce α  and evaluate f  again (closer to xk , where fxk  is more likely to be defined).
If for some reason you wish to terminate the current problem, set status-2 .
2:     nIntegerInput
On entry: n , the number of variables, as defined in the call to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc).
3:     x[n]const doubleInput
On entry: the variables x  at which the problem functions are to be calculated. The array x  must not be altered.
4:     needfIntegerInput
On entry: indicates whether f must be assigned during this call of usrfun.
needf=0
f is not required and is ignored.
needf>0
The components of fx  corresponding to the nonlinear part of Fx  must be calculated and assigned to f.
If Fix  is linear and completely defined by the i th row of A , Ai , then the associated value fix  is ignored and need not be assigned. However, if Fix  has a nonlinear portion fix  that happens to be zero at x , then it is still necessary to set fix=0 . If the linear part Ai  of a nonlinear Fix  is provided using the arrays iafun, javar and a, then it must not be computed again as part of fix .
To simplify the code, you may ignore the value of needf and compute fx  on every entry to usrfun.
needf may also be ignored with Derivative Linesearch and Derivative Option=1. In this case, needf is always 1, and f must always be assigned.
5:     nfIntegerInput
On entry: is the length of the full vector Fx=fx + Ax  as defined in the call to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc).
6:     f[nf]doubleInput/Output
On entry: concerns the calculation of fx .
On exit: f contains the computed functions fx  (except perhaps if needf=0).
7:     needgIntegerInput
On entry: indicates whether g must be assigned during this call of usrfun.
needg=0
g is not required and is ignored.
needg>0
The partial derivatives of fx  must be calculated and assigned to g. The value of g[k-1] should be fix xj, where i=igfun[k-1], j=jgvar[k-1] and k=1,2,,leng.
8:     lengIntegerInput
On entry: is the length of the coordinate arrays jgvar and igfun in the call to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc).
9:     g[leng]doubleInput/Output
On entry: concerns the calculations of the derivatives of the function fx .
On exit: contains the computed derivatives Gx  (unless needg=0).
These derivative elements must be stored in g in exactly the same positions as implied by the definitions of arrays igfun and jgvar. There is no internal check for consistency (except indirectly via the optional argument Verify Level), so great care is essential.
10:   commNag_Comm *
Pointer to structure of type Nag_Comm; the following members are relevant to usrfun.
userdouble *
iuserInteger *
pPointer 
The type Pointer will be void *. Before calling nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) you may allocate memory and initialize these pointers with various quantities for use by usrfun when called from nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) (see Section 3.2.1 in the Essential Introduction).
10:   iafun[lena]const IntegerInput
11:   javar[lena]const IntegerInput
12:   a[lena]const doubleInput
On entry: define the coordinates i,j  and values Aij  of the nonzero elements of the linear part A  of the function Fx=fx + Ax .
In particular, nea triples iafun[k-1],javar[k-1],a[k-1] define the row and column indices i=iafun[k-1] and j=javar[k-1] of the element Aij=a[k-1].
The coordinates may define the elements of A  in any order.
13:   lenaIntegerInput
On entry: the dimension of the arrays iafun, javar and a that hold i,j,Aij.
Constraint: lena1.
14:   neaIntegerInput
On entry: is the number of nonzero entries in A  such that Fx=fx + Ax .
Constraint: 0nealena.
15:   igfun[leng]const IntegerInput
16:   jgvar[leng]const IntegerInput
On entry: define the coordinates i,j  of the nonzero elements of G , the nonlinear part of the derivative Jx=Gx + A  of the function Fx=fx + Ax . nag_opt_sparse_nlp_jacobian (e04vjc) may be used to define these two arrays.
The coordinates can define the elements of G  in any order. However, usrfun must define the actual elements of g in exactly the same order as defined by the coordinates igfun,jgvar .
17:   lengIntegerInput
On entry: the dimension of the arrays igfun and jgvar that define the varying Jacobian elements i,j,Gij.
Constraint: leng1.
18:   negIntegerInput
On entry: the number of nonzero entries in G .
Constraint: 0negleng.
19:   xlow[n]const doubleInput
20:   xupp[n]const doubleInput
On entry: contain the lower and upper bounds lx  and ux  on the variables x .
To specify a nonexistent lower bound lx j = - , set xlow[j-1]-bigbnd , where bigbnd  is the optional argument Infinite Bound Size. To specify a nonexistent upper bound ux j = , set xupp[j-1]bigbnd.
To fix the jth variable at xj=β , where β<bigbnd, set xlow[j-1]=xupp[j-1]=β .
Constraint: xlow[i-1]xupp[i-1], for i=1,2,,n.
21:   xnames[nxname]const char *Input
On entry: the optional names for the variables.
If nxname=1, xnames is not referenced and default names will be used for output.
If nxname=n, xnames[j-1] must contain the name of the jth variable, for j=1,2,,nxname.
Note: that only the first eight characters of the rows of xnames are significant.
22:   flow[nf]const doubleInput
23:   fupp[nf]const doubleInput
On entry: contain the lower and upper bounds lF  and uF  on Fx .
To specify a nonexistent lower bound lF i =- , set flow[i-1]-bigbnd. For a nonexistent upper bound uF i = , set fupp[i-1]bigbnd .
To make the i th constraint an equality at Fi=β , where β < bigbnd , set flow[i-1]=fupp[i-1]=β.
Constraint: flow[i-1]fupp[i-1], for i=1,2,,n.
24:   fnames[nfname]const char *Input
On entry: the optional names for the problem functions.
If nfname=1, fnames is not referenced and default names will be used for the output.
If nfname=nf, fnames[i-1] should contain the name of the ith row of F, for i=1,2,,nfname.
Note: that only the first eight characters of the rows of fnames are significant.
25:   x[n]doubleInput/Output
On entry: an initial estimate of the variables x . See the following description of xstate.
On exit: the final values of the variable x .
26:   xstate[n]IntegerInput/Output
On entry: the initial state for each variable x .
If start=Nag_Cold or Nag_BasisFile and no basis information is provided (the optional arguments Old Basis File, Insert File and Load File are all set to 0; the default) x and xstate must be defined.
If nothing special is known about the problem, or if there is no wish to provide special information, you may set x[j-1]=0.0, xstate[j-1]=0, for all j=1,2,,n . If you set x[j-1]=xlow[j-1]  set xstate[j-1]=4 ; if you set x[j-1]=xupp[j-1]  then set xstate[j-1]=5 . In this case a Crash procedure is used to select an initial basis.
If start=Nag_Cold or Nag_BasisFile and basis information is provided (at least one of the optional arguments Old Basis File, Insert File and Load File is nonzero) x and xstate need not be set.
If start=Nag_Warm, x and xstate must be set (probably from a previous call). In this case xstate[j-1] must be 0, 1, 2 ​ or ​ 3, for j=1,2,,n.
On exit: the final state of the variables.
xstate[j-1] State of variable j Usual value of x[j-1]
0 nonbasic xlow[j-1]
1 nonbasic xupp[j-1]
2 superbasic Between xlow[j-1] and xupp[j-1]
3 basic Between xlow[j-1] and xupp[j-1]
Basic and superbasic variables may be outside their bounds by as much as the optional argument Minor Feasibility Tolerance. Note that if scaling is specified, the feasibility tolerance applies to the variables of the scaled problem. In this case, the variables of the original problem may be as much as 0.1 outside their bounds, but this is unlikely unless the problem is very badly scaled. Check the value of Primal infeasibility output to the unit number associated with the optional argument Print File.
Very occasionally some nonbasic variables may be outside their bounds by as much as the optional argument Minor Feasibility Tolerance, and there may be some nonbasics for which x[j-1] lies strictly between its bounds.
If ninf>0 , some basic and superbasic variables may be outside their bounds by an arbitrary amount (bounded by sinf if scaling was not used).
Constraint: 0xstate[j-1]5, for ​j=1,2,,n.
27:   xmul[n]doubleOutput
On exit: the vector of the dual variables (Lagrange multipliers) for the simple bounds lx x ux .
28:   f[nf]doubleInput/Output
On entry: an initial value for the problem functions F . See the following description of fstate.
On exit: the final values for the problem functions F  (the values F  at the final point x).
29:   fstate[nf]IntegerInput/Output
On entry: the initial state for the problem functions F.
If start=Nag_Cold or Nag_BasisFile and no basis information is provided (the optional arguments Old Basis File, Insert File and Load File are all set to 0; the default, f and fstate must be defined.
If nothing special is known about the problem, or if there is no wish to provide special information, you may set f[i-1]=0.0, fstate[i-1]=0, for all i=1,2,,nf. Less trivially, to say that the optimal value of function f[i-1]  will probably be equal to one of its bounds, set f[i-1]=flow[i-1] and fstate[i-1]=4 or f[i-1]=fupp[i-1] and fstate[i-1]=5 as appropriate. In this case a Crash procedure is used to select an initial basis.
If start=Nag_Cold or Nag_BasisFile and basis information is provided (at least one of the optional arguments Old Basis File, Insert File and Load File is nonzero), f and fstate need not be set.
If start=Nag_Warm, f and fstate must be set (probably from a previous call). In this case fstate[i-1]  must be 0, 1, 2 or 3, for i=1,2,,nf.
On exit: the final state of the variables. The elements of fstate have the following meaning:
fstate[i-1] State of the corresponding
slack variable
Usual value of f[i-1]
0 nonbasic flow[i-1]
1 nonbasic fupp[i-1]
2 superbasic Between flow[i-1] and fupp[i-1]
3 basic Between flow[i-1] and fupp[i-1]
Basic and superbasic slack variables may lead to the corresponding functions being outside their bounds by as much as the optional argument Minor Feasibility Tolerance.
Very occasionally some functions may be outside their bounds by as much as the optional argument Minor Feasibility Tolerance, and there may be some nonbasics for which f[i-1]  lies strictly between its bounds.
If ninf>0 , some basic and superbasic variables may be outside their bounds by an arbitrary amount (bounded by sinf if scaling was not used).
Constraint: 0fstate[i-1]5, for ​i=1,2,,nf.
30:   fmul[nf]doubleInput/Output
On entry: an estimate of γ , the vector of Lagrange multipliers (shadow prices) for the constraints lF Fx uF . All nf components must be defined. If nothing is known about γ , set fmul[i-1]=0.0 , for i=1,2,,nf. For warm start use the values from a previous call.
On exit: the vector of the dual variables (Lagrange multipliers) for the general constraints lF Fx uF  
31:   nsInteger *Input/Output
On entry: the number of superbasic variables. ns need not be specified for cold starts, but should retain its value from a previous call when warm start is used.
On exit: the final number of superbasic variables.
32:   ninfInteger *Output
33:   sinfdouble *Output
On exit: are the number and the sum of the infeasibilities of constraints that lie outside one of their bounds by more than the optional argument Minor Feasibility Tolerance before the solution is unscaled.
If any linear constraints are infeasible, x minimizes the sum of the infeasibilities of the linear constraints subject to the upper and lower bounds being satisfied. In this case ninf gives the number of variables and linear constraints lying outside their upper or lower bounds. The nonlinear constraints are not evaluated.
Otherwise, x minimizes the sum of infeasibilities of the nonlinear constraints subject to the linear constraints and upper and lower bounds being satisfied. In this case ninf gives the number of components of Fx  lying outside their bounds by more than the optional argument Minor Feasibility Tolerance. Again this is before the solution is unscaled.
34:   stateNag_E04State *Communication Structure
state contains internal information required for functions in this suite. It must not be modified in any way.
35:   commNag_Comm *Communication Structure
The NAG communication argument (see Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction).
36:   failNagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 3.6 in the Essential Introduction).
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) returns with fail.code= NE_NOERROR if the iterates have converged to a point x that satisfies the first-order Kuhn–Tucker (see Section 12.2) conditions to the accuracy requested by the optional argument Major Optimality Tolerance, i.e., the projected gradient and active constraint residuals are negligible at x.
You should check whether the following four conditions are satisfied:
(i) the final value of rgNorm (see Section 12.2) is significantly less than that at the starting point;
(ii) during the final major iterations, the values of Step and Minors (see Section 12.1) are both one;
(iii) the last few values of both rgNorm and SumInf (see Section 12.2) become small at a fast linear rate; and
(iv) condHz (see Section 12.1) is small.
If all these conditions hold, x is almost certainly a local minimum of (1).
One caution about ‘Optimal solutions’. Some of the variables or slacks may lie outside their bounds more than desired, especially if scaling was requested. Max Primal infeas in the Print file (see Section 12) refers to the largest bound infeasibility and which variable is involved. If it is too large, consider restarting with a smaller Minor Feasibility Tolerance (say 10 times smaller) and perhaps Scale Option=0.
Similarly, Max Dual infeas in the Print file indicates which variable is most likely to be at a nonoptimal value. Broadly speaking, if
Max Dual infeas / Max pi = 10-d ,
then the objective function would probably change in the d th significant digit if optimization could be continued. If d  seems too large, consider restarting with a smaller Major Optimality Tolerance.
Finally, Nonlinear constraint violn in the Print file shows the maximum infeasibility for nonlinear rows. If it seems too large, consider restarting with a smaller Major Feasibility Tolerance.

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

NE_ALLOC_FAIL
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
Internal error: memory allocation failed when attempting to allocate workspace sizes value, value and value.
NE_ALLOC_INSUFFICIENT
Internal memory allocation was insufficient. Please contact NAG.
NE_ARRAY_INPUT
Array element igfun[value]=value is out of range 1 to nf=value, or array element jgvar[value]=value is out of range 1 to n=value.
NE_BAD_PARAM
Basis file dimensions do not match this problem.
On entry, argument value had an illegal value.
NE_BASIS_FAILURE
An error has occurred in the basis package. Check that arrays iafun, javar, igfun and jgvar contain values in the appropriate ranges and do not define duplicate elements of a or g. Set the optional argument Print File and examine the output carefully for further information.
NE_DERIV_ERRORS
User-supplied function computes incorrect constraint derivatives.
User-supplied function computes incorrect objective derivatives.
NE_E04VGC_NOT_INIT
Initialization function nag_opt_sparse_nlp_init (e04vgc) has not been called.
NE_INT
On entry, lena=value.
Constraint: lena1.
On entry, leng=value.
Constraint: leng1.
On entry, n=value.
Constraint: n>0.
On entry, n=value.
Constraint: n1.
On entry, nea=value.
Constraint: nea 0.
On entry, neg=value.
Constraint: neg 0.
On entry, nf=value.
Constraint: nf>0.
On entry, nf=value.
Constraint: nf1.
NE_INT_2
On entry, nfname=value and nf=value.
Constraint: nfname=1​ or ​nf.
On entry, nxname=value and n=value.
Constraint: nxname=1​ or ​n.
On entry, objrow=value and nf=value.
Constraint: 0objrownf.
On entry, one but not both of nxname and nfname is equal to 1. nxname=value and nfname=value.
NE_INT_3
On entry, nea=value, n=value and nf=value.
Constraint: nean×nf.
On entry, neg=value, n=value and nf=value.
Constraint: negn×nf.
NE_INTERNAL_ERROR
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
An unexpected error has occurred. Set the optional argument Print File and examine the output carefully for further information.
NE_NOT_REQUIRED_ACC
The requested accuracy could not be achieved.
NE_NUM_DIFFICULTIES
Numerical difficulties have been encountered and no further progress can be made.
NE_REAL_2
On entry, bounds flow and fupp for value are equal and infinite. flow=fupp=value and infbnd= value.
On entry, bounds flow and fupp for variable value are equal and infinite. flow=fupp=value and infbnd=value.
On entry, bounds for value are inconsistent. flow=value and fupp=value.
On entry, bounds for value are inconsistent. xlow=value and xupp=value.
On entry, bounds for variable value are inconsistent. flow=value and fupp=value.
On entry, bounds for variable value are inconsistent. xlow=value and xupp=value.
On entry, bounds xlow and xupp for value are equal and infinite. xlow=xupp=value and infbnd=value.
On entry, bounds xlow and xupp for variable value are equal and infinite. xlow=xupp=value and infbnd=value.
NE_UNBOUNDED
The problem appears to be unbounded. The constraint violation limit has been reached.
The problem appears to be unbounded. The objective function is unbounded.
NE_USER_STOP
User-supplied function requested termination.
NE_USRFUN_UNDEFINED
Unable to proceed into undefined region of user-supplied function.
User-supplied function is undefined at the first feasible point.
User-supplied function is undefined at the initial point.
NW_LIMIT_REACHED
Iteration limit reached.
Major iteration limit reached.
The superbasics limit is too small.
NW_NOT_FEASIBLE
The linear constraints appear to be infeasible.
The problem appears to be infeasible. Infeasibilites have been minimized.
The problem appears to be infeasible. Nonlinear infeasibilites have been minimized.
The problem appears to be infeasible. The linear equality constraints could not be satisfied.

7  Accuracy

If the value of the optional argument Major Optimality Tolerance is set to 10-d (default value=ε) and fail.code= NE_NOERROR on exit, then the final value of fx should have approximately d correct significant digits.

8  Further Comments

This section describes the final output produced by nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc). Intermediate and other output are given in Section 12.

8.1  The Final Output

Unless Print File=0, the final output, including a listing of the status of every variable and constraint will be sent to the Print File. The following describes the output for each constraint (row) and variable (column).

8.1.1  The ROWS section

General linear constraints take the form lALxu . The i th constraint is therefore of the form
α νix β ,
where νi  is the ith row of AL .
Internally, the constraints take the form ALx-s=0 , where s is the set of slack variables (which satisfy the bounds lsu ). For the ith row it is the slack variable si  that is directly available and it is sometimes convenient to refer to its state. Nonlinear constraints αfix+νixβ  are treated similarly, except that the row activity and degree of infeasibility are computed directly from fix + νix , rather than si .
A full stop (.) is printed for any numerical value that is exactly zero.
Label Description
Number is the value of n+i. (This is used internally to refer to si in the intermediate output.)
Row gives the name of the ith row.
State the state of the ith row relative to the bounds α  and β . The various states possible are as follows:
LL the row is at its lower limit, α .
UL the row is at its upper limit, β .
EQ the limits are the same ( α=β ).
FR si  is nonbasic and currently zero, even though it is free to take any value between its bounds α  and β .
BS si  is basic.
SBS si  is superbasic.
A key is sometimes printed before State. Note that unless the optional argument Scale Option=0 is specified, the tests for assigning a key are applied to the variables of the scaled problem.
A Alternative optimum possible. The variable is nonbasic, but its reduced gradient is essentially zero. This means that if the variable were allowed to start moving away from its bound, there would be no change in the value of the objective function. The values of the other free variables might change, giving a genuine alternative solution. However, if there are any degenerate variables (labelled D), the actual change might prove to be zero, since one of them could encounter a bound immediately. In either case, the values of the Lagrange multipliers might also change.
D Degenerate. The variable is basic or superbasic, but it is equal (or very close) to one of its bounds.
I Infeasible. The variable is basic or superbasic and is currently violating one of its bounds by more than the value of the Feasibility Tolerance.
N Not precisely optimal. The variable is nonbasic or superbasic. If the value of the reduced gradient for the variable exceeds the value of the optional argument Major Optimality Tolerance, the solution would not be declared optimal because the reduced gradient for the variable would not be considered negligible.
Activity is the value of νix  (or fix + νix  for nonlinear rows) at the final iterate.
Slack Activity is the value by which the row differs from its nearest bound. (For the free row (if any), it is set to Activity.)
Lower Limit is α, the lower bound on the row.
Upper Limit is β, the upper bound on the row.
Dual Activity is the value of the dual variable πi (the Lagrange multiplier for the i th constraint). The full vector π  always satisfies BTπ = gB , where B  is the current basis matrix and gB  contains the associated gradients for the current objective function. For FP problems, πi is set to zero.
i gives the index i of the ith row.

8.1.2  The COLUMNS section

Let the j th component of x  be the variable xj  and assume that it satisfies the bounds α xj β . A fullstop (.) is printed for any numerical value that is exactly zero.
Label Description
Number is the column number j. (This is used internally to refer to xj in the intermediate output.)
Column gives the name of xj.
State the state of xj  relative to the bounds α  and β . The various states possible are as follows:
LL xj  is nonbasic at its lower limit, α .
UL xj  is nonbasic at its upper limit, β .
EQ xj  is nonbasic and fixed at the value α = β .
FR xj  is nonbasic at some value strictly between its bounds: α< xj< β .
BS xj  is basic. Usually α< xj< β .
SBS xj  is superbasic. Usually α< xj< β .
A key is sometimes printed before State. Note that unless the optional argument Scale Option=0 is specified, the tests for assigning a key are applied to the variables of the scaled problem.
A Alternative optimum possible. The variable is nonbasic, but its reduced gradient is essentially zero. This means that if the variable were allowed to start moving away from its bound, there would be no change in the value of the objective function. The values of the other free variables might change, giving a genuine alternative solution. However, if there are any degenerate variables (labelled D), the actual change might prove to be zero, since one of them could encounter a bound immediately. In either case, the values of the Lagrange multipliers might also change.
D Degenerate. The variable is basic or superbasic, but it is equal (or very close) to one of its bounds.
I Infeasible. The variable is basic or superbasic and is currently violating one of its bounds by more than the value of the Feasibility Tolerance.
N Not precisely optimal. The variable is nonbasic or superbasic. If the value of the reduced gradient for the variable exceeds the value of the optional argument Major Optimality Tolerance, the solution would not be declared optimal because the reduced gradient for the variable would not be considered negligible.
Activity is the value of xj at the final iterate.
Obj Gradient is the value of gj at the final iterate. For FP problems, gj is set to zero.
Lower Limit is the lower bound specified for the variable. None indicates that xlow[j-1]-infbnd.
Upper Limit is the upper bound specified for the variable. None indicates that xupp[j-1]infbnd.
Reduced Gradnt is the value of the reduced gradient dj = gj - πT aj  where aj  is the j th column of the constraint matrix. For FP problems, dj is set to zero.
m + j is the value of m+j.
Note that movement off a constraint (as opposed to a variable moving away from its bound) can be interpreted as allowing the entry in the Slack Activity column to become positive.
Numerical values are output with a fixed number of digits; they are not guaranteed to be accurate to this precision.

9  Example

This example is a reformulation of Problem 74 from Hock and Schittkowski (1981) and involves the minimization of the nonlinear function
fx=10-6x33+23×10-6x43+3x3+2x4
subject to the bounds
-0.55x1 0.55, -0.55x2 0.55, - 0.00x3 1200, - 0.00x4 1200,
to the nonlinear constraints
1000 sin -x1 -0.25 + 1000 sin -x2 -0.25 - x3 = -894.8, 1000sinx1-0.25+1000sinx1-x2-0.25-x4 = -894.8, 1000sinx2-0.25+1000sinx2-x1-0.25 = -1294.8,
and to the linear constraints
-x1+x2-0.55, -x1-x2-0.55.
The initial point, which is infeasible, is
x0 = 0, 0, 0, 0 T ,
and fx0=0.
The optimal solution (to five figures) is
x*=0.11887,-0.39623,679.94,1026.0T,
and fx*=5126.4. All the nonlinear constraints are active at the solution.
The example in the document for nag_opt_sparse_nlp_jacobian (e04vjc) solves the above problem. It first calls nag_opt_sparse_nlp_jacobian (e04vjc) to determine the sparsity pattern before calling nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc).
The example in the document for nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_file (e04vkc) solves the above problem using some of the optional arguments described in Section 11.
The formulation of the problem combines the constraints and the objective into a single vector ( F ) which is split into linear part ( ALx ) and a nonlinear part ( f ). For example we could write
F = 1000 sin -x1 - 0.25 + 1000 sin -x2 - 0.25 - x3 1000 sin x1 - 0.25 + 1000 sin x1 - x2 - 0.25 - x4 1000 sin x2 - 0.25 + 1000 sin x2 - x1 - 0.25 -x1 + x2 -x1 - x2 10-6 x33 + 23 × 10-6 x43 + 3x3 + 2x4 = f + AL x
where
f = 1000 sin -x1 - 0.25 + 1000 sin -x2 - 0.25 1000 sin x1 - 0.25 + 1000 sin x1 - x2 - 0.25 1000 sin x2 - 0.25 + 1000 sin x2 - x1 - 0.25 0 0 10-6 x33 + 23 × 10-6 x43
and
AL = 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 3 2 .
The nonzero elements of AL  need to be stored in the triples iafun[k-1],javar[k-1],a[k-1]  in any order. For example
k 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
iafun[k-1] 1 2 4 4 5 5 6 6
javar[k-1] 3 4 1 2 1 2 3 4
a[k-1] -1 -1 -1 1 1 -1 3 2
The nonlinear functions f  and the Jacobian need to be supplied in usrfun. Please note that there is no need to assign any value to f4  or f5  as there is no nonlinear part in F4  or F5 .
The nonzero entries of the Jacobian of f  are
f1 x1 = -1000 cos -x1 - 0.25 f1 x2 = -1000 cos -x2 - 0.25 f2 x1 = 1000 cos x1 - 0.25 + 1000 cos x1 - x2 - 0.25 f2 x2 = -1000 cos x1 - x2 - 0.25 f3 x1 = -1000 cos x2 - x1 - 0.25 f3 x2 = 1000 cos x2 - 0.25 + 1000 cos x2 - x1 - 0.25 f6 x3 = 3×10 -6 x32 f6 x4 = 2×10 -6 x42
So the arrays igfun and jgvar must contain:
k 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
igfun[k-1] 1 1 2 2 3 3 6 6
jgvar[k-1] 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 4
and usrfun must return in g[k-1]  the value of fi xj , where i=igfun[k-1]  and j=jgvar[k-1] .

9.1  Program Text

Program Text (e04vhce.c)

9.2  Program Data

Program Data (e04vhce.d)

9.3  Program Results

Program Results (e04vhce.r)

Note: the remainder of this document is intended for more advanced users. Section 10 contains a detailed description of the algorithm which may be needed in order to understand Sections 11 and 12. Section 11 describes the optional arguments which may be set by calls to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_file (e04vkc), nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_string (e04vlc), nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_integer (e04vmc) and/or nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_double (e04vnc). Section 12 describes the quantities which can be requested to monitor the course of the computation.

10  Algorithmic Details

Here we summarize the main features of the SQP algorithm used in nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) and introduce some terminology used in the description of the function and its arguments. The SQP algorithm is fully described in Gill et al. (2002).

10.1  Constraints and Slack Variables

Problem (1) contains n  variables in x . Let m  be the number of components of fx  and ALx  combined. The upper and lower bounds on those terms define the general constraints of the problem. nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) converts the general constraints to equalities by introducing a set of slack variables s = s1,s2,,smT . For example, the linear constraint 5 2x1 + 3x2  is replaced by 2x1 + 3x2 - s1 = 0  together with the bounded slack 5 s1 . The minimization problem (1) can therefore be written in the equivalent form
minimize x,s f0x  subject to ​ fx ALx - s = 0 ,  l x s u . (3)
The general constraints become the equalities fx - sN = 0  and ALx - sL = 0 , where sL  and sN  are the linear and nonlinear slacks.

10.2  Major Iterations

The basic structure of the SQP algorithm involves major and minor iterations. The major iterations generate a sequence of iterates xk  that satisfy the linear constraints and converge to a point that satisfies the nonlinear constraints and the first-order conditions for optimality. At each iterate xk  a QP subproblem is used to generate a search direction towards the next iterate xk+1 . The constraints of the subproblem are formed from the linear constraints ALx - sL = 0  and the linearized constraint
fxk + f xk x-xk - sN = 0 , (4)
where f xk  denotes the Jacobian matrix, whose elements are the first derivatives of fx  evaluated at xk . The QP constraints therefore comprise the m  linear constraints
f xk x - sN = -fxk + f xk xk , ALx -sN - sL = 0 , (5)
where x  and s  are bounded above and below by u  and l  as before. If the m  by n  matrix A  and m -vector b  are defined as
A = f xk AL  and  b = -fxk + f xk xk 0 , (6)
then the QP subproblem can be written as
minimize x,s qx,xk = gkT x-xk + 12 x-xkT Hk x-xk  subject to ​ Ax - s = b ,  l x s u , (7)
where qx,xk  is a quadratic approximation to a modified Lagrangian function (see Gill et al. (2002)). The matrix Hk  is a quasi-Newton approximation to the Hessian of the Lagrangian. A BFGS update is applied after each major iteration. If some of the variables enter the Lagrangian linearly the Hessian will have some zero rows and columns. If the nonlinear variables appear first, then only the n1  rows and columns of the Hessian need to be approximated, where n1  is the number of nonlinear variables. This quantity is determined by the implicit values of the number of nonlinear objective and Jacobian variables determined after the constraints and variables are reordered.

10.3  Minor Iterations

Solving the QP subproblem is itself an iterative procedure. Here, the iterations of the QP solver nag_opt_sparse_convex_qp_solve (e04nqc) form the minor iterations of the SQP method. nag_opt_sparse_convex_qp_solve (e04nqc) uses a reduced-Hessian active-set method implemented as a reduced-gradient method. At each minor iteration, the constraints Ax-s=b  are partitioned into the form
BxB + SxS + NxN = b , (8)
where the basis matrix B  is square and nonsingular, and the matrices S and N are the remaining columns of A -I . The vectors xB , xS and xN  are the associated basic, superbasic and nonbasic variables respectively; they are a permutation of the elements of x  and s . At a QP subproblem, the basic and superbasic variables will lie somewhere between their bounds, while the nonbasic variables will normally be equal to one of their bounds. At each iteration, xS  is regarded as a set of independent variables that are free to move in any desired direction, namely one that will improve the value of the QP objective (or the sum of infeasibilities). The basic variables are then adjusted in order to ensure that x,s  continues to satisfy Ax-s=b . The number of superbasic variables ( nS , say) therefore indicates the number of degrees of freedom remaining after the constraints have been satisfied. In broad terms, nS  is a measure of how nonlinear the problem is. In particular, nS  will always be zero for LP problems.
If it appears that no improvement can be made with the current definition of B , S  and N , a nonbasic variable is selected to be added to S , and the process is repeated with the value of nS  increased by one. At all stages, if a basic or superbasic variable encounters one of its bounds, the variable is made nonbasic and the value of nS  is decreased by one.
Associated with each of the m  equality constraints Ax-s=b  are the dual variables π . Similarly, each variable in x,s  has an associated reduced gradient dj . The reduced gradients for the variables x  are the quantities g-ATπ , where g  is the gradient of the QP objective, and the reduced gradients for the slacks are the dual variables π . The QP subproblem is optimal if dj0  for all nonbasic variables at their lower bounds, dj0  for all nonbasic variables at their upper bounds, and dj=0  for other variables, including superbasics. In practice, an approximate QP solution x^k,s^k,π^k  is found by relaxing these conditions.

10.4  The Merit Function

After a QP subproblem has been solved, new estimates of the solution are computed using a linesearch on the augmented Lagrangian merit function
M x,s,π = f0x - πT fx - sN + 12 fx - sN T D fx - sN , (9)
where D  is a diagonal matrix of penalty arguments Dii 0 , and π now refers to dual variables for the nonlinear constraints in (1). If xk,sk,πk  denotes the current solution estimate and x^k,s^k,π^k  denotes the QP solution, the linesearch determines a step αk   0<αk1  such that the new point
xk+1 sk+1 πk+1 = xk sk πk + αk x^k - xk s^k - sk π^k - πk (10)
gives a sufficient decrease in the merit function M. When necessary, the penalties in D  are increased by the minimum-norm perturbation that ensures descent for M  (see Gill et al. (1992)). The value of sN  is adjusted to minimize the merit function as a function of s  before the solution of the QP subproblem (see Gill et al. (1986) and Eldersveld (1991)).

10.5  Treatment of Constraint Infeasibilities

nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) makes explicit allowance for infeasible constraints. First, infeasible linear constraints are detected by solving the linear program
minimize x,v,w eT v+w  subject to ​ l x ALx - v + w u ,  v0 ,  w0 , (11)
where e  is a vector of ones, and the nonlinear constraint bounds are temporarily excluded from l  and u . This is equivalent to minimizing the sum of the general linear constraint violations subject to the bounds on x . (The sum is the 1 -norm of the linear constraint violations. In the linear programming literature, the approach is called elastic programming.)
The linear constraints are infeasible if the optimal solution of (11) has v0  or w0 . nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) then terminates without computing the nonlinear functions.
Otherwise, all subsequent iterates satisfy the linear constraints. (Such a strategy allows linear constraints to be used to define a region in which the functions can be safely evaluated.) nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) proceeds to solve nonlinear problems as given, using search directions obtained from the sequence of QP subproblems (see (7)).
If a QP subproblem proves to be infeasible or unbounded (or if the dual variables π  for the nonlinear constraints become large), nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) enters ‘elastic’ mode and thereafter solves the problem
minimize x,v,w f0x + γ eT v+w  subject to ​ l x fx - v + w ALx u ,  v0 ,  w0 , (12)
where γ  is a non-negative argument (the elastic weight), and f0x + γ eT v+w  is called a composite objective (the 1  penalty function for the nonlinear constraints).
The value of γ  may increase automatically by multiples of 10 if the optimal v  and w  continue to be nonzero. If γ  is sufficiently large, this is equivalent to minimizing the sum of the nonlinear constraint violations subject to the linear constraints and bounds.
The initial value of γ  is controlled by the optional argument Elastic Weight.

11  Optional Arguments

Several optional arguments in nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) define choices in the problem specification or the algorithm logic. In order to reduce the number of formal arguments of nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) these optional arguments have associated default values that are appropriate for most problems. Therefore, you need only specify those optional arguments whose values are to be different from their default values.
The remainder of this section can be skipped if you wish to use the default values for all optional arguments. The following is a list of the optional arguments available and a full description of each optional argument is provided in Section 11.1.
Optional arguments may be specified by calling one, or more, of the functions nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_file (e04vkc), nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_string (e04vlc), nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_integer (e04vmc) and nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_double (e04vnc) before a call to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc).
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_file (e04vkc) reads options from an external options file, with Begin and End as the first and last lines respectively and each intermediate line defining a single optional argument. For example,
Begin
   Print Level = 5
End
The call
e04vkc (ioptns, &state, &fail);
can then be used to read the file on file descriptor ioptns which can be obtained by a prior call to nag_open_file (x04acc). fail.code= NE_NOERROR on successful exit. nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_file (e04vkc) should be consulted for a full description of this method of supplying optional arguments.
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_string (e04vlc), nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_integer (e04vmc) and nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_double (e04vnc) can be called to supply options directly, one call being necessary for each optional argument. For example,
e04vlc ("Print Level = 5", &state, &fail);
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_string (e04vlc), nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_integer (e04vmc) and nag_opt_sparse_nlp_option_set_double (e04vnc) should be consulted for a full description of this method of supplying optional arguments.
All optional arguments you do not specify are set to their default values. Optional arguments you specify are unaltered by nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) (unless they define invalid values) and so remain in effect for subsequent calls to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc), unless you alter them.

11.1  Description of the Optional Arguments

For each option, we give a summary line, a description of the optional argument and details of constraints.
The summary line contains:
Keywords and character values are case and white space insensitive.
Optional arguments used to specify files (e.g., optional arguments Dump File and Print File) have type Nag_FileID (see Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction). This ID value must either be set to 0 (the default value) in which case there will be no output, or will be as returned by a call of nag_open_file (x04acc).
Central Difference IntervalrDefault =εr13
When Derivative Option=0, the central-difference interval r  is used near an optimal solution to obtain more accurate (but more expensive) estimates of gradients. Twice as many function evaluations are required compared to forward differencing. The interval used for the j th variable is hj=r 1+ xj . The resulting derivative estimates should be accurate to Or2 , unless the functions are badly scaled.
If you supply a value for this optional parameter, a small value between 0.0 and 1.0 is appropriate.
Check FrequencyiDefault =60
Every i th minor iteration after the most recent basis factorization, a numerical test is made to see if the current solution x  satisfies the general linear constraints (the linear constraints and the linearized nonlinear constraints, if any). The constraints are of the form Ax-s=b , where s  is the set of slack variables. To perform the numerical test, the residual vector r=b-Ax+s  is computed. If the largest component of r  is judged to be too large, the current basis is refactorized and the basic variables are recomputed to satisfy the general constraints more accurately. If i0, the value of i=99999999 is used and effectively no checks are made.
Check Frequency=1 is useful for debugging purposes, but otherwise this option should not be needed.
Crash OptioniDefault =3
Crash TolerancerDefault =0.1
Except on restarts, an internal Crash procedure is used to select an initial basis from certain rows and columns of the constraint matrix A -I . The Crash Option  i  determines which rows and columns of A  are eligible initially, and how many times the Crash procedure is called. Columns of -I  are used to pad the basis where necessary.
i Meaning
0 The initial basis contains only slack variables: B=I.
1 The Crash procedure is called once, looking for a triangular basis in all rows and columns of A.
2 The Crash procedure is called twice (if there are nonlinear constraints). The first call looks for a triangular basis in linear rows, and the iteration proceeds with simplex iterations until the linear constraints are satisfied. The Jacobian is then evaluated for the first major iteration and the Crash procedure is called again to find a triangular basis in the nonlinear rows (retaining the current basis for linear rows).
3 The Crash procedure is called up to three times (if there are nonlinear constraints). The first two calls treat linear equalities and linear inequalities separately. As before, the last call treats nonlinear rows before the first major iteration.
If i1 , certain slacks on inequality rows are selected for the basis first. (If i2 , numerical values are used to exclude slacks that are close to a bound). The Crash procedure then makes several passes through the columns of A , searching for a basis matrix that is essentially triangular. A column is assigned to ‘pivot’ on a particular row if the column contains a suitably large element in a row that has not yet been assigned. (The pivot elements ultimately form the diagonals of the triangular basis.) For remaining unassigned rows, slack variables are inserted to complete the basis.
The Crash Tolerance  r  allows the starting Crash procedure to ignore certain ‘small’ nonzeros in each column of A . If amax  is the largest element in column j , other nonzeros of aij  in the columns are ignored if aij amax × r . (To be meaningful, r  should be in the range 0r<1 .)
When r>0.0 , the basis obtained by the Crash procedure may not be strictly triangular, but it is likely to be nonsingular and almost triangular. The intention is to obtain a starting basis containing more columns of A  and fewer (arbitrary) slacks. A feasible solution may be reached sooner on some problems.
For example, suppose the first m columns of A form the matrix shown under LU Factor Tolerance; i.e., a tridiagonal matrix with entries -1, 4, -1. To help the Crash procedure choose all m columns for the initial basis, we would specify a Crash Tolerance of r for some value of r>0.5.
Defaults
This special keyword may be used to reset all optional arguments to their default values.
Derivative OptioniDefault =1
Optional argument Derivative Option specifies which nonlinear function gradients are known analytically and will be supplied to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) by usrfun.
i Meaning
0 Some problem derivatives are unknown.
1 All problem derivatives are known.
The value i=1  should be used whenever possible. It is the most reliable and will usually be the most efficient.
If i=0 , nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) will estimate the missing components of Gx  using finite differences. This may simplify the coding of usrfun. However, it could increase the total run-time substantially (since a special call to usrfun is required for each column of the Jacobian that has a missing element), and there is less assurance that an acceptable solution will be located. If the nonlinear variables are not well scaled, it may be necessary to specify a nonstandard optional argument Difference Interval.
For each column of the Jacobian, one call to usrfun is needed to estimate all missing elements in that column, if any.
At times, central differences are used rather than forward differences. Twice as many calls to usrfun are needed. (This is not under your control.)
Derivative LinesearchDefault
Nonderivative Linesearch
At each major iteration a linesearch is used to improve the merit function. Optional argument Derivative Linesearch uses safeguarded cubic interpolation and requires both function and gradient values to compute estimates of the step αk . If some analytic derivatives are not provided, or optional argument Nonderivative Linesearch is specified, nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) employs a linesearch based upon safeguarded quadratic interpolation, which does not require gradient evaluations.
A nonderivative linesearch can be slightly less robust on difficult problems, and it is recommended that the default be used if the functions and derivatives can be computed at approximately the same cost. If the gradients are very expensive relative to the functions, a nonderivative linesearch may give a significant decrease in computation time.
If Nonderivative Linesearch is selected, nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) signals the evaluation of the linesearch by calling usrfun with needg=0. Once the linesearch is completed, the problem functions are called again with needf=0 and needg=0. If the potential saving provided by a nonderivative linesearch is to be realised, it is essential that usrfun be coded so that derivatives are not computed when needg=0.
Difference IntervalrDefault =εr
This alters the interval r  used to estimate gradients by forward differences. It does so in the following circumstances:
in the interval (‘cheap’) phase of verifying the problem derivatives;
for verifying the problem derivatives;
for estimating missing derivatives.
In all cases, a derivative with respect to xj  is estimated by perturbing that component of x  to the value xj + r 1 + xj , and then evaluating Fobjx  or fx  at the perturbed point. The resulting gradient estimates should be accurate to Or  unless the functions are badly scaled. Judicious alteration of r  may sometimes lead to greater accuracy.
If you supply a value for this optional parameter, a small value between 0.0 and 1.0 is appropriate.
Dump Filei1Default =0
Load Filei2Default =0
(See Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction for further information on NAG data types.)
Optional arguments Dump File and Load File are similar to optional arguments Punch File and Insert File, but they record solution information in a manner that is more direct and more easily modified. A full description of information recorded in optional arguments Dump File and Load File is given in Gill et al. (2005a).
If Dump File>0, the last solution obtained will be output to the file associated with ID i1.
If Load File>0, the file associated with ID i2, containing basis information, will be read. The file will usually have been output previously as a Dump File. The file will not be accessed if optional arguments Old Basis File or Insert File are specified.
Elastic WeightrDefault =104
This keyword determines the initial weight γ  associated with the problem (12) (see Section 10.5).
At major iteration k , if elastic mode has not yet started, a scale factor σk=1 + gxk  is defined from the current objective gradient. Elastic mode is then started if the QP subproblem is infeasible, or the QP dual variables are larger in magnitude than σkr . The QP is resolved in elastic mode with γ=σkr .
Thereafter, major iterations continue in elastic mode until they converge to a point that is optimal for (12) (see Section 10.5). If the point is feasible for equation (1) v=w=0 , it is declared locally optimal. Otherwise, γ  is increased by a factor of 10 and major iterations continue. If γ has already reached a maximum allowable value, equation (1) is declared locally infeasible.
Expand FrequencyiDefault =10000
This option is part of the anti-cycling procedure designed to make progress even on highly degenerate problems.
For linear models, the strategy is to force a positive step at every iteration, at the expense of violating the bounds on the variables by a small amount. Suppose that the optional argument Minor Feasibility Tolerance is δ . Over a period of i  iterations, the tolerance actually used by nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) increases from 0.5δ  to δ  (in steps of 0.5δ/i ).
For nonlinear models, the same procedure is used for iterations in which there is only one superbasic variable. (Cycling can occur only when the current solution is at a vertex of the feasible region.) Thus, zero steps are allowed if there is more than one superbasic variable, but otherwise positive steps are enforced.
Increasing i  helps reduce the number of slightly infeasible nonbasic variables (most of which are eliminated during a resetting procedure). However, it also diminishes the freedom to choose a large pivot element (see optional argument Pivot Tolerance).
Factorization FrequencyiDefault =50
At most i  basis changes will occur between factorizations of the basis matrix.
With linear programs, the basis factors are usually updated every iteration. The default i  is reasonable for typical problems. Higher values up to i=100  (say) may be more efficient on well-scaled problems.
When the objective function is nonlinear, fewer basis updates will occur as an optimum is approached. The number of iterations between basis factorizations will therefore increase. During these iterations a test is made regularly (according to the optional argument Check Frequency) to ensure that the general constraints are satisfied. If necessary the basis will be refactorized before the limit of i  updates is reached.
Function PrecisionrDefault =ε0.8
The relative function precision εr  is intended to be a measure of the relative accuracy with which the nonlinear functions can be computed. For example, if fx  is computed as 1000.56789 for some relevant x  and if the first 6 significant digits are known to be correct, the appropriate value for εr  would be 1.0e−6 .
Ideally the functions fix  should have magnitude of order 1. If all functions are substantially less than 1 in magnitude, εr  should be the absolute precision. For example, if fx=1.23456789e−4  at some point and if the first 6 significant digits are known to be correct, the appropriate value for εr  would be 1.0e−10 .)
The default value of εr  is appropriate for simple analytic functions.
In some cases the function values will be the result of extensive computation, possibly involving a costly iterative procedure that can provide few digits of precision. Specifying an appropriate Function Precision may lead to savings, by allowing the linesearch procedure to terminate when the difference between function values along the search direction becomes as small as the absolute error in the values.
Hessian Full MemoryDefault if n175
Hessian Limited MemoryDefault if n1>75
These options select the method for storing and updating the approximate Hessian. (nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) uses a quasi-Newton approximation to the Hessian of the Lagrangian. A BFGS update is applied after each major iteration.)
If Hessian Full Memory is specified, the approximate Hessian is treated as a dense matrix and the BFGS updates are applied explicitly. This option is most efficient when the number of variables n is not too large (say, less than 75). In this case, the storage requirement is fixed and one can expect 1-step Q-superlinear convergence to the solution.
Hessian Limited Memory should be used on problems where n is very large. In this case a limited-memory procedure is used to update a diagonal Hessian approximation Hr  a limited number of times. (Updates are accumulated as a list of vector pairs. They are discarded at regular intervals after Hr  has been reset to their diagonal.)
Hessian FrequencyiDefault =99999999
If optional argument Hessian Full Memory is in effect and i  BFGS updates have already been carried out, the Hessian approximation is reset to the identity matrix. (For certain problems, occasional resets may improve convergence, but in general they should not be necessary.)
Hessian Full Memory and Hessian Frequency=10  have a similar effect to Hessian Limited Memory and Hessian Updates=10  (except that the latter retains the current diagonal during resets).
Hessian UpdatesiDefault =Hessian Frequency if Hessian Full Memory, 10 otherwise
If optional argument Hessian Limited Memory is in effect and i  BFGS updates have already been carried out, all but the diagonal elements of the accumulated updates are discarded and the updating process starts again.
Broadly speaking, the more updates stored, the better the quality of the approximate Hessian. However, the more vectors stored, the greater the cost of each QP iteration. The default value is likely to give a robust algorithm without significant expense, but faster convergence can sometimes be obtained with significantly fewer updates (e.g., i=5 ).
Infinite Bound SizerDefault =1020
If r0, r defines the ‘infinite’ bound bigbnd in the definition of the problem constraints. Any upper bound greater than or equal to bigbnd will be regarded as + (and similarly any lower bound less than or equal to -bigbnd will be regarded as -). If r<0, the default value is used.
Iterations LimitiDefault = max10000, 10 maxn,nf
The value of i specifies the maximum number of minor iterations allowed (i.e., iterations of the simplex method or the QP algorithm), summed over all major iterations. (See also the description of the optional argument Minor Iterations Limit.)
Linesearch TolerancerDefault =0.9
This tolerance, r , controls the accuracy with which a step length will be located along the direction of search each iteration. At the start of each linesearch a target directional derivative for the merit function is identified. This argument determines the accuracy to which this target value is approximated, and it must be a value in the range 0.0r1.0 .
The default value r=0.9  requests just moderate accuracy in the linesearch.
If the nonlinear functions are cheap to evaluate, a more accurate search may be appropriate; try r=0.1 , ​ 0.01 ​ or ​ 0.001 .
If the nonlinear functions are expensive to evaluate, a less accurate search may be appropriate. If all gradients are known, try r=0.99 . (The number of major iterations might increase, but the total number of function evaluations may decrease enough to compensate.)
If not all gradients are known, a moderately accurate search remains appropriate. Each search will require only 1–5 function values (typically), but many function calls will then be needed to estimate missing gradients for the next iteration.
LU Density Tolerancer1Default =0.6
LU Singularity Tolerancer2Default =ε23
The density tolerance, r1 , is used during LU  factorization of the basis matrix B. Columns of L  and rows of U  are formed one at a time, and the remaining rows and columns of the basis are altered appropriately. At any stage, if the density of the remaining matrix exceeds r1 , the Markowitz strategy for choosing pivots is terminated, and the remaining matrix is factored by a dense LU procedure. Raising the density tolerance towards 1.0 may give slightly sparser LU  factors, with a slight increase in factorization time.
The singularity tolerance, r2 , helps guard against ill-conditioned basis matrices. After B is refactorized, the diagonal elements of U  are tested as follows: if ujj r2  or ujj < r2 maxi uij , the j th column of the basis is replaced by the corresponding slack variable. (This is most likely to occur after a restart.)
LU Factor Tolerancer1Default =3.99
LU Update Tolerancer2Default =3.99
The values of r1 and r2 affect the stability of the basis factorization B=LU, during refactorization and updates respectively. The lower triangular matrix L is a product of matrices of the form
1 0 μ 1
where the multipliers μ will satisfy μri. The default values of r1 and r2 usually strike a good compromise between stability and sparsity. They must satisfy r1, r21.0.
For large and relatively dense problems, r1=10.0​ or ​5.0 (say) may give a useful improvement in stability without impairing sparsity to a serious degree.
For certain very regular structures (e.g., band matrices) it may be necessary to reduce r1​ and/or ​r2 in order to achieve stability. For example, if the columns of A include a sub-matrix of the form
4 -1 -1 4 -1 -1 4 -1 -1 4 -1 -1 4 ,
one should set both r1 and r2 to values in the range 1.0ri<4.0.
LU Partial PivotingDefault
LU Complete Pivoting
LU Rook Pivoting
The LU  factorization implements a Markowitz-type search for pivots that locally minimize the fill-in subject to a threshold pivoting stability criterion. The default option is to use threshhold partial pivoting. The optional arguments LU Rook Pivoting and LU Complete Pivoting are more expensive than partial pivoting but are more stable and better at revealing rank, as long as LU Factor Tolerance is not too large (say <2.0). When numerical difficulties are encountered, nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) automatically reduces the LU tolerance towards 1.0 and switches (if necessary) to rook or complete pivoting, before reverting to the default or specified options at the next refactorization (with System Information Yes, relevant messages are output to the Print File).
Major Feasibility TolerancerDefault = max10-6,ε
This tolerance, r , specifies how accurately the nonlinear constraints should be satisfied. The default value is appropriate when the linear and nonlinear constraints contain data to about that accuracy.
Let vmax be the maximum nonlinear constraint violation, normalized by the size of the solution, which is required to satisfy
vmax=maxi vi ​ ​/​ ​ x r , (13)
where vi  is the violation of the i th nonlinear constraint, for i=1,2,,nf.
In the major iteration log (see Section 12.2), vmax appears as the quantity labelled ‘Feasible’. If some of the problem functions are known to be of low accuracy, a larger Major Feasibility Tolerance may be appropriate.
Major Optimality TolerancerDefault =2 max10-6,ε
This tolerance, r , specifies the final accuracy of the dual variables. On successful termination, nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) will have computed a solution x,s,π  such that
cmax=maxj cj ​ ​/​ ​ π r , (14)
where cj  is an estimate of the complementarity slackness for variable j , for j=1,2,,n+nf. The values ci  are computed from the final QP solution using the reduced gradients dj=gj - πT aj  (where gj  is the j th component of the objective gradient, aj  is the associated column of the constraint matrix A -I , and π  is the set of QP dual variables):
cj = - dj min xj - lj ,1 if ​ dj0 ; -dj min uj - xj ,1 if ​ dj<0 . (15)
In the Print File, cmax appears as the quantity labelled ‘Optimal’.
Major Iterations LimitiDefault = max1000, 3 maxn,nf
This is the maximum number of major iterations allowed. It is intended to guard against an excessive number of linearizations of the constraints. If i=0, optimality and feasibility are checked.
Major Print LeveliDefault =000001
This controls the amount of output to the optional arguments Print File and Summary File at each major iteration. Major Print Level=0 suppresses most output, except for error messages. Major Print Level=1 gives normal output for linear and nonlinear problems, and Major Print Level=11 gives additional details of the Jacobian factorization that commences each major iteration.
In general, the value being specified may be thought of as a binary number of the form
Major Print Level    JFDXbs
where each letter stands for a digit that is either 0 or 1 as follows:
s a single line that gives a summary of each major iteration. (This entry in JFDXbs  is not strictly binary since the summary line is printed whenever JFDXbs 1 );
b basis statistics, i.e., information relating to the basis matrix whenever it is refactorized. (This output is always provided if JFDXbs 10 );
X xk , the nonlinear variables involved in the objective function or the constraints. These appear under the heading ‘Jacobian variables’;
D πk , the dual variables for the nonlinear constraints. These appear under the heading ‘Multiplier estimates’;
F fxk , the values of the nonlinear constraint functions;
J Jxk , the Jacobian matrix. This appears under the heading ‘x and Jacobian’.
To obtain output of any items JFDXbs , set the corresponding digit to 1, otherwise to 0.
If J=1 , the Jacobian matrix will be output column-wise at the start of each major iteration. Column j  will be preceded by the value of the corresponding variable xj  and a key to indicate whether the variable is basic, superbasic or nonbasic. (Hence if J=1 , there is no reason to specify X=1  unless the objective contains more nonlinear variables than the Jacobian.) A typical line of output is
 3 1.250000e+01 BS 1 1.00000e+00 4 2.00000e+00 
which would mean that x3  is basic at value 12.5, and the third column of the Jacobian has elements of 1.0 and 2.0 in rows 1 and 4.
Major Step LimitrDefault =2.0
This argument limits the change in x  during a linesearch. It applies to all nonlinear problems, once a ‘feasible solution’ or ‘feasible subproblem’ has been found.
  1. A linesearch determines a step α  over the range 0<αβ , where β  is 1 if there are nonlinear constraints or is the step to the nearest upper or lower bound on x  if all the constraints are linear. Normally, the first step length tried is α1 = min1,β .
  2. In some cases, such as fx=a ebx  or fx=a xb , even a moderate change in the components of x  can lead to floating point overflow. The argument r  is therefore used to define a limit β-=r1+x / p  (where p  is the search direction), and the first evaluation of fx  is at the potentially smaller step length α1 = min1,β-,β .
  3. Wherever possible, upper and lower bounds on x  should be used to prevent evaluation of nonlinear functions at meaningless points. The optional argument Major Step Limit provides an additional safeguard. The default value r=2.0  should not affect progress on well behaved problems, but setting r=0.1​ or ​0.01  may be helpful when rapidly varying functions are present. A ‘good’ starting point may be required. An important application is to the class of nonlinear least squares problems.
  4. In cases where several local optima exist, specifying a small value for r  may help locate an optimum near the starting point.
MinimizeDefault
Maximize
Feasible Point
The keywords Minimize and Maximize specify the required direction of optimization. It applies to both linear and nonlinear terms in the objective.
The keyword Feasible Point means ‘Ignore the objective function, while finding a feasible point for the linear and nonlinear constraints’. It can be used to check that the nonlinear constraints are feasible without altering the call to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc).
Minor Feasibility TolerancerDefault = max10-6,ε
Feasibility TolerancerDefault = max10-6,ε
nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) tries to ensure that all variables eventually satisfy their upper and lower bounds to within this tolerance, r . This includes slack variables. Hence, general linear constraints should also be satisfied to within r .
Feasibility with respect to nonlinear constraints is judged by the optional argument Major Feasibility Tolerance (not by r ).
If the bounds and linear constraints cannot be satisfied to within r , the problem is declared infeasible. If sinf is quite small, it may be appropriate to raise r  by a factor of 10 or 100. Otherwise, some error in the data should be suspected.
Nonlinear functions will be evaluated only at points that satisfy the bounds and linear constraints. If there are regions where a function is undefined, every attempt should be made to eliminate these regions from the problem.
For example, if fx=x1 + logx2 , it is essential to place lower bounds on both variables. If r=1.0e−6 , the bounds x1 10-5  and x2 10-4  might be appropriate. (The log singularity is more serious. In general, keep x  as far away from singularities as possible.)
If Scale Option 1 , feasibility is defined in terms of the scaled problem (since it is then more likely to be meaningful).
In reality, nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) uses r  as a feasibility tolerance for satisfying the bounds on x  and s  in each QP subproblem. If the sum of infeasibilities cannot be reduced to zero, the QP subproblem is declared infeasible. nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is then in elastic mode thereafter (with only the linearized nonlinear constraints defined to be elastic). See the description of the optional argument Elastic Weight.
Minor Iterations LimitiDefault =500
If the number of minor iterations for the optimality phase of the QP subproblem exceeds i , then all nonbasic QP variables that have not yet moved are frozen at their current values and the reduced QP is solved to optimality.
Note that more than i  minor iterations may be necessary to solve the reduced QP to optimality. These extra iterations are necessary to ensure that the terminated point gives a suitable direction for the linesearch.
In the major iteration log (see Section 12.2) a t at the end of a line indicates that the corresponding QP was artificially terminated using the limit i .
Compare with the optional argument Iterations Limit, which defines an independent absolute limit on the total number of minor iterations (summed over all QP subproblems).
Minor Print LeveliDefault =1
This controls the amount of output to the Print File and Summary File during solution of the QP subproblems. The value of i  has the following effect:
i Meaning
0 No minor iteration output except error messages.
1 A single line of output at each minor iteration (controlled by optional arguments Print Frequency and Summary Frequency.
10 Basis factorization statistics generated during the periodic refactorization of the basis (see the optional argument Factorization Frequency). Statistics for the first factorization each major iteration are controlled by the optional argument Major Print Level.
New Basis Filei1Default =0
Backup Basis Filei2Default =0
Save Frequencyi3Default =100
(See Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction for further information on NAG data types.)
New Basis File and Backup Basis File are sometimes referred to as basis maps. They contain the most compact representation of the state of each variable. They are intended for restarting the solution of a problem at a point that was reached by an earlier run. For nontrivial problems, it is advisable to save basis maps at the end of a run, in order to restart the run if necessary.
If New Basis File>0, a basis map will be saved in the file associated with ID i1 every i3 th iteration. The first record of the file will contain the word PROCEEDING if the run is still in progress. A basis map will also be saved at the end of a run, with some other word indicating the final solution status.
If Backup Basis File>0, it is intended as a safeguard against losing the results of a long run. Suppose that a New Basis File is being saved every 100 (Save Frequency) iterations, and that nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is about to save such a basis at iteration 2000. It is conceivable that the run may be interrupted during the next few milliseconds (in the middle of the save). In this case the Basis file will be corrupted and the run will have been essentially wasted.
To eliminate this risk, both a New Basis File and a Backup Basis File may be specified using calls of nag_open_file (x04acc).
The current basis will then be saved every 100 iterations, first in the New Basis File and then immediately in the Backup Basis File. If the run is interrupted at iteration 2000 during the save in the New Basis File there will still be a usable basis in the Backup Basis File.
Note that a new basis will be saved in New Basis File at the end of a run if it terminates normally, but it will not be saved in Backup Basis File. In the above example, if an optimum solution is found at iteration 2050 (or if the iteration limit is 2050), the final basis in the Backup Basis File will correspond to iteration 2050, but the last basis saved in the New Basis File will be the one for iteration 2000.
A full description of information recorded in New Basis File and Backup Basis File is given in Gill et al. (2005a).
New Superbasics LimitiDefault =99
This option causes early termination of the QP subproblems if the number of free variables has increased significantly since the first feasible point. If the number of new superbasics is greater than i , the nonbasic variables that have not yet moved are frozen and the resulting smaller QP is solved to optimality.
In the major iteration log (see Section 12.1), a t at the end of a line indicates that the QP was terminated early in this way.
NolistDefault
List
For nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc), normally each optional argument specification is printed as it is supplied. Optional argument Nolist may be used to suppress the printing and optional argument List may be used to turn on printing.
Old Basis FileiDefault =0
(See Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction for further information on NAG data types.)
If Old Basis File>0, the basis maps information will be obtained from the file associated with ID i. The file will usually have been output previously as a New Basis File or Backup Basis File. A full description of information recorded in New Basis File and Backup Basis File is given in Gill et al. (2005a).
The file will not be acceptable if the number of rows or columns in the problem has been altered.
Partial PriceiDefault =1
This argument is recommended for large problems that have significantly more variables than constraints. It reduces the work required for each ‘pricing’ operation (where a nonbasic variable is selected to become superbasic). When i=1 , all columns of the constraint matrix A -I  are searched. Otherwise, A  and I  are partitioned to give i  roughly equal segments Aj  and Ij , for j=1,2,,i. If the previous pricing search was successful on Aj-1  and Ij-1 , the next search begins on the segments Aj  and Ij . (All subscripts here are modulo i .) If a reduced gradient is found that is larger than some dynamic tolerance, the variable with the largest such reduced gradient (of appropriate sign) is selected to become superbasic. If nothing is found, the search continues on the next segments Aj+1  and Ij+1 , and so on.
For time-stage models having t  time periods, Partial Price  t  (or t/2  or t/3 ) may be appropriate.
Pivot TolerancerDefault =ε23
During the solution of QP subproblems, the pivot tolerance is used to prevent columns entering the basis if they would cause the basis to become almost singular.
When x  changes to x+αp  for some search direction p , a ‘ratio test’ determines which component of x  reaches an upper or lower bound first. The corresponding element of p  is called the pivot element. Elements of p  are ignored (and therefore cannot be pivot elements) if they are smaller than the pivot tolerance r .
It is common for two or more variables to reach a bound at essentially the same time. In such cases, the Minor Feasibility Tolerance (say, t ) provides some freedom to maximize the pivot element and thereby improve numerical stability. Excessively small values of t  should therefore not be specified. To a lesser extent, the Expand Frequency (say, f ) also provides some freedom to maximize the pivot element. Excessively large values of f  should therefore not be specified.
Print FileiDefault =0
(See Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction for further information on NAG data types.)
If Print File>0, the following information is output to a file associated with ID i during the solution of each problem:
a listing of the optional arguments;
some statistics about the problem;
the amount of storage available for the LU  factorization of the basis matrix;
notes about the initial basis resulting from a Crash procedure or a Basis file;
the iteration log;
basis factorization statistics;
the exit fail condition and some statistics about the solution obtained;
the printed solution, if requested.
These items are described in Sections 8 and 12. Further brief output may be directed to the Summary File.
Print FrequencyiDefault =100
If i>0 , one line of the iteration log will be printed every i th iteration. A value such as i=10  is suggested for those interested only in the final solution. If i0, the value of i=99999999 is used and effectively no checks are made.
Proximal Point MethodiDefault =1
i=1​ or ​2  specifies minimization of x-x0 1  or 12 x-x022 when the starting point x0  is changed to satisfy the linear constraints (where x0  refers to nonlinear variables).
Punch Filei1Default =0
Insert Filei2Default =0
(See Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction for further information on NAG data types.)
The Punch File from a previous run may be used as an Insert File for a later run on the same problem. A full description of information recorded in Insert File and Punch File is given in Gill et al. (2005a).
If Punch File>0, the final solution obtained will be output to the file associated with ID i1. For linear programs, this format is compatible with various commercial systems.
If Insert File>0, the file associated with ID i2, containing basis information, will be read. The file will usually have been output previously as a Punch File. The file will not be accessed if Old Basis File is specified.
Scale OptioniDefault =0
Scale TolerancerDefault =0.9
Scale Print
Three scale options are available as follows:
i Meaning
0 No scaling. This is recommended if it is known that x  and the constraint matrix never have very large elements (say, larger than 100).
1 The constraints and variables are scaled by an iterative procedure that attempts to make the matrix coefficients as close as possible to 1.0 (see Fourer (1982)). This will sometimes improve the performance of the solution procedures.
2 The constraints and variables are scaled by the iterative procedure. Also, a certain additional scaling is performed that may be helpful if the right-hand side b  or the solution x  is large. This takes into account columns of A -I  that are fixed or have positive lower bounds or negative upper bounds.
Optional argument Scale Tolerance affects how many passes might be needed through the constraint matrix. On each pass, the scaling procedure computes the ratio of the largest and smallest nonzero coefficients in each column:
ρj=maxj aij / mini aij aij 0 .
If maxj ρj is less than r  times its previous value, another scaling pass is performed to adjust the row and column scales. Raising r  from 0.9 to 0.99 (say) usually increases the number of scaling passes through A . At most 10 passes are made. The value of r should lie in the range 0<r<1.
Scale Print causes the row scales ri and column scales cj to be printed to Print File, if System Information Yes has been specified. The scaled matrix coefficients are a- ij = aij cj / ri, and the scaled bounds on the variables and slacks are l-j = lj / cj , u-j = uj / cj , where cj = rj-n  if j>n.
Solution FileiDefault =0
(See Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction for further information on NAG data types.)
If Solution File>0, the final solution will be output to the file associated with ID i.
To see more significant digits in the printed solution, it will sometimes be useful to specify that the Solution File refers to the Print File.
Summary Filei1Default =0
Summary Frequencyi2Default =100
(See Section 3.2.1.1 in the Essential Introduction for further information on NAG data types.)
If Summary File>0, a brief log will be output to the file associated with i1, including one line of information every i2 th iteration. In an interactive environment, it is useful to direct this output to the terminal, to allow a run to be monitored online. (If something looks wrong, the run can be manually terminated.) Further details are given in Section 12.6.
Superbasics LimitiDefault = n1
This option places a limit on the storage allocated for superbasic variables. Ideally, i  should be set slightly larger than the ‘number of degrees of freedom’ expected at an optimal solution.
For nonlinear problems, the number of degrees of freedom is often called the ‘number of independent variables’. Normally, i  need not be greater than n+1 , where n1  is the number of nonlinear variables. For many problems, i  may be considerably smaller than n. This will save storage if n is very large.
Suppress Parameters
Normally nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) prints the options file as it is being read, and then prints a complete list of the available keywords and their final values. The optional argument Suppress Parameters tells nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) not to print the full list.
System Information NoDefault
System Information Yes
This option prints additional information on the progress of major and minor iterations, and Crash statistics. See Section 12.
Timing LeveliDefault =0
If i>0 , some timing information will be output to the Print file, if Print File>0.
Unbounded Objectiver1Default =1.0e+15
Unbounded Step Sizer2Default =infbnd
These arguments are intended to detect unboundedness in nonlinear problems. During a linesearch, Fobj is evaluated at points of the form x+αp , where x  and p  are fixed and α  varies. If Fobj  exceeds r1  or α  exceeds r2 , iterations are terminated with the exit message fail.code= NE_UNBOUNDED.
If singularities are present, unboundedness in Fobjx may be manifested by a floating point overflow (during the evaluation of Fobjx+αp ), before the test against r1  can be made.
Unboundedness in x  is best avoided by placing finite upper and lower bounds on the variables.
Verify LeveliDefault =0
This option refers to finite difference checks on the derivatives computed by the user-supplied functions. Derivatives are checked at the first point that satisfies all bounds and linear constraints.
i Meaning
0 Only a ‘cheap’ test will be performed, requiring two calls to usrfun.
1 Individual gradients will be checked (with a more reliable test). A key of the form OK or Bad? indicates whether or not each component appears to be correct.
2 Individual columns of the problem Jacobian will be checked.
3 Options 2 and 1 will both occur (in that order).
-1 Derivative checking is disabled.
Verify Level=3 should be specified whenever a new usrfun is being developed.
Violation LimitrDefault =1.0e+6
This keyword defines an absolute limit on the magnitude of the maximum constraint violation, r , after the linesearch. On completion of the linesearch, the new iterate xk+1  satisfies the condition
vi xk+1 r ​ ​ max1, vi x0 ,
where x0  is the point at which the nonlinear constraints are first evaluated and vix  is the i th nonlinear constraint violation vix = max0, li - fix , fix - ui .
The effect of this violation limit is to restrict the iterates to lie in an expanded feasible region whose size depends on the magnitude of r . This makes it possible to keep the iterates within a region where the objective is expected to be well-defined and bounded below. If the objective is bounded below for all values of the variables, then r  may be any large positive value.

12  Description of Monitoring Information

nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) produces monitoring information, statistical information and information about the solution. Section 8.1 contains details of the final output information sent to the unit specified by the optional argument Print File. This section contains other details of output information.

12.1  Major Iteration Log

This section describes the output to unit Print File if Major Print Level > 0 . One line of information is output every k th major iteration, where k  is Print Frequency.
Label Description
Itns is the cumulative number of minor iterations.
Major is the current major iteration number.
Minors is the number of iterations required by both the feasibility and optimality phases of the QP subproblem. Generally, Minors will be 1 in the later iterations, since theoretical analysis predicts that the correct active set will be identified near the solution (see Section 10).
Step is the step length α  taken along the current search direction p . The variables x  have just been changed to x + α p . On reasonably well-behaved problems, the unit step will be taken as the solution is approached.
nCon the number of times usrfun has been called to evaluate the nonlinear problem functions. Evaluations needed for the estimation of the derivatives by finite differences are not included. nCon is printed as a guide to the amount of work required for the linesearch.
Feasible is the value of vmax (see (13)), the maximum component of the scaled nonlinear constraint residual (see optional argument Major Feasibility Tolerance). The solution is regarded as acceptably feasible if Feasible is less than the Major Feasibility Tolerance. In this case, the entry is contained in parentheses.
If the constraints are linear, all iterates are feasible and this entry is not printed.
Optimal is the value of cmax (see (14)), the maximum complementary gap (see optional argument Major Optimality Tolerance). It is an estimate of the degree of nonoptimality of the reduced costs. Both Feasible and Optimal are small in the neighbourhood of a solution.
MeritFunction is the value of the augmented Lagrangian merit function (see (8)). This function will decrease at each iteration unless it was necessary to increase the penalty arguments (see Section 10.4). As the solution is approached, MeritFunction will converge to the value of the objective at the solution.
In elastic mode, the merit function is a composite function involving the constraint violations weighted by the elastic weight.
If the constraints are linear, this item is labelled Objective, the value of the objective function. It will decrease monotonically to its optimal value.
L+U is the number of nonzeros representing the basis factors L  and U  on completion of the QP subproblem.
If nonlinear constraints are present, the basis factorization B = LU  is computed at the start of the first minor iteration. At this stage, L+U = lenL+lenU , where lenL (see Section 12.4) is the number of subdiagonal elements in the columns of a lower triangular matrix and lenU (see Section 12.4) is the number of diagonal and superdiagonal elements in the rows of an upper-triangular matrix.
As columns of B  are replaced during the minor iterations, L+U may fluctuate up or down but, in general, will tend to increase. As the solution is approached and the minor iterations decrease towards zero, L+U will reflect the number of nonzeros in the LU  factors at the start of the QP subproblem.
If the constraints are linear, refactorization is subject only to the Factorization Frequency, and L+U will tend to increase between factorizations.
BSwap is the number of columns of the basis matrix B  that were swapped with columns of S  to improve the condition of B . The swaps are determined by an LU  factorization of the rectangular matrix BS = B S T  with stability being favoured more than sparsity.
nS is the current number of superbasic variables.
condHz is an estimate of the condition number of RTR , itself an estimate of ZTHZ , the reduced Hessian of the Lagrangian. The condition number is the square of the ratio of the largest and smallest diagonals of the upper triangular matrix R , this being a lower bound on the condition number of RTR . condHz gives a rough indication of whether or not the optimization procedure is having difficulty. If ε  is the relative machine precision being used, the SQP algorithm will make slow progress if condHz becomes as large as ε-1/2 108 , and will probably fail to find a better solution if condHz reaches ε-3/4 1012 .
To guard against high values of condHz, attention should be given to the scaling of the variables and the constraints. In some cases it may be necessary to add upper or lower bounds to certain variables to keep them a reasonable distance from singularities in the nonlinear functions or their derivatives.
Penalty is the Euclidean norm of the vector of penalty arguments used in the augmented Lagrangian merit function (not printed if there are no nonlinear constraints).
The summary line may include additional code characters that indicate what happened during the course of the major iteration. These will follow the separator ‘_’ in the output
Label Description
c central differences have been used to compute the unknown components of the objective and constraint gradients. A switch to central differences is made if either the linesearch gives a small step, or x  is close to being optimal. In some cases, it may be necessary to re-solve the QP subproblem with the central difference gradient and Jacobian.
d during the linesearch it was necessary to decrease the step in order to obtain a maximum constraint violation conforming to the value of the optional argument Violation Limit.
D you set status=-1  on exit from usrfun, indicating that the linesearch needed to be done with a smaller value of the step length α.
l the norm wise change in the variables was limited by the value of the optional argument Major Step Limit. If this output occurs repeatedly during later iterations, it may be worthwhile increasing the value of the optional argument Major Step Limit.
i if nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is not in elastic mode, an i signifies that the QP subproblem is infeasible. This event triggers the start of nonlinear elastic mode, which remains in effect for all subsequent iterations. Once in elastic mode, the QP subproblems are associated with the elastic problem (12) (see Section 10.5).
If nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) is already in elastic mode, an i indicates that the minimizer of the elastic subproblem does not satisfy the linearized constraints. (In this case, a feasible point for the usual QP subproblem may or may not exist.)
M an extra evaluation of the problem functions was needed to define an acceptable positive definite quasi-Newton update to the Lagrangian Hessian. This modification is only done when there are nonlinear constraints.
m this is the same as M except that it was also necessary to modify the update to include an augmented Lagrangian term.
n no positive definite BFGS update could be found. The approximate Hessian is unchanged from the previous iteration.
R the approximate Hessian has been reset by discarding all but the diagonal elements. This reset will be forced periodically by the Hessian Frequency and Hessian Updates keywords. However, it may also be necessary to reset an ill-conditioned Hessian from time to time.
r the approximate Hessian was reset after ten consecutive major iterations in which no BFGS update could be made. The diagonals of the approximate Hessian are retained if at least one update has been done since the last reset. Otherwise, the approximate Hessian is reset to the identity matrix.
s a self-scaled BFGS update was performed. This update is used when the Hessian approximation is diagonal, and hence always follows a Hessian reset.
t the minor iterations were terminated because of the Minor Iterations Limit.
T the minor iterations were terminated because of the New Superbasics Limit.
u the QP subproblem was unbounded.
w a weak solution of the QP subproblem was found.
z the Superbasics Limit was reached.

12.2  Minor Iteration Log

If Minor Print Level > 0 , one line of information is output to the Print file every k th minor iteration, where k  is the specified Print Frequency. A heading is printed before the first such line following a basis factorization. The heading contains the items described below. In this description, a pricing operation is the process by which a nonbasic variable is selected to become superbasic (in addition to those already in the superbasic set). The selected variable is denoted by jq. Variable jq often becomes basic immediately. Otherwise it remains superbasic, unless it reaches its opposite bound and returns to the nonbasic set.
If Partial Price is in effect, variable jq is selected from App  or Ipp , the pp th segments of the constraint matrix A -I .
Label Description
Itn the current iteration number.
LPmult or QPmult is the reduced cost (or reduced gradient) of the variable jq selected by the pricing procedure at the start of the present iteration. Algebraically, the reduced gradient is dj = gj - πT aj  for j = jq , where gj  is the gradient of the current objective function, π  is the vector of dual variables for the QP subproblem, and aj  is the j th column of A -I .
Note that the reduced cost is the 1-norm of the reduced-gradient vector at the start of the iteration, just after the pricing procedure.
LPstep or QPstep is the step length α  taken along the current search direction p . The variables x  have just been changed to x + α p . Write Step to stand for LPStep or QPStep, depending on the problem. If a variable is made superbasic during the current iteration ( +SBS>0 ), Step will be the step to the nearest bound. During Phase 2, the step can be greater than one only if the reduced Hessian is not positive definite.
nInf is the number of infeasibilities after the present iteration. This number will not increase unless the iterations are in elastic mode.
SumInf is the sum of infeasibilities after the present iteration, if nInf>0. The value usually decreases at each nonzero Step, but if it decreases by 2 or more, SumInf may occasionally increase.
rgNorm is the norm of the reduced-gradient vector at the start of the iteration. (It is the norm of the vector with elements dj  for variables j  in the superbasic set.) During Phase 2 this norm will be approximately zero after a unit step. (The heading is not printed if the problem is linear.)
LPobjective or QPobjective the QP objective function after the present iteration. In elastic mode, the heading is changed to Elastic QPobj. In either case, the value printed decreases monotonically.
+SBS is the variable jq selected by the pricing operation to be added to the superbasic set.
-SBS is the superbasic variable chosen to become nonbasic.
-BS is the basis variable removed (if any) to become nonbasic.
Pivot if column aq  replaces the r th column of the basis B , Pivot is the r th element of a vector y  satisfying By=aq . Wherever possible, Step is chosen to avoid extremely small values of Pivot (since they cause the basis to be nearly singular). In rare cases, it may be necessary to increase the Pivot Tolerance to exclude very small elements of y  from consideration during the computation of Step.
L+U is the number of nonzeros representing the basis factors L  and U . Immediately after a basis factorization B=LU , L+U is lenL+lenU, the number of subdiagonal elements in the columns of a lower triangular matrix and the number of diagonal and superdiagonal elements in the rows of an upper-triangular matrix. Further nonzeros are added to L when various columns of B  are later replaced. As columns of B  are replaced, the matrix U  is maintained explicitly (in sparse form). The value of L will steadily increase, whereas the value of U may fluctuate up or down. Thus the value of L+U may fluctuate up or down (in general, it will tend to increase).
ncp is the number of compressions required to recover storage in the data structure for U . This includes the number of compressions needed during the previous basis factorization.
nS is the current number of superbasic variables. (The heading is not printed if the problem is linear.)
condHz see Section 12.1. (The heading is not printed if the problem is linear.)

12.3  Crash Statistics

If Major Print Level 10  and System Information Yes has been specified, the following items are output to the Print file when start=Nag_Cold and no Basis file is loaded. They refer to the number of columns that the Crash procedure selects during selected passes through A  while searching for a triangular basis matrix.
Label Description
Slacks is the number of slacks selected initially.
Free cols is the number of free columns in the basis.
Preferred is the number of ‘preferred’ columns in the basis (i.e., xstate[j-1]=3  for some jn ).
Unit is the number of unit columns in the basis.
Double is the number of columns in the basis containing 2 nonzeros.
Triangle is the number of triangular columns in the basis.
Pad is the number of slacks used to pad the basis (to make it a nonsingular triangle).

12.4  Basis Factorization Statistics

If Major Print Level 10 , the first seven items listed below are output to the Print file whenever the basis B  or the rectangular matrix BS = B S T  is factorized before solution of the next QP subproblem (see Section 11.1).
Note that BS may be factorized at the start of just some of the major iterations. It is immediately followed by a factorization of B itself.
Gaussian elimination is used to compute a sparse LU  factorization of B  or BS , where PLPT  and PUQ  are lower and upper triangular matrices, for some permutation matrices P  and Q . Stability is ensured as described under optional argument LU Factor Tolerance.
If Minor Print Level 10 , the same items are printed during the QP solution whenever the current B  is factorized. In addition, if System Information Yes has been specified, the entries from Elems onwards are also printed.
Label Description
Factor the number of factorizations since the start of the run.
Demand a code giving the reason for the present factorization, as follows:
Code Meaning
0 First LU  factorization.
1 The number of updates reached the Factorization Frequency.
2 The nonzeros in the updated factors have increased significantly.
7 Not enough storage to update factors.
10 Row residuals are too large (see the description of the optional argument Check Frequency).
11 Ill-conditioning has caused inconsistent results.
Itn is the current minor iteration number.
Nonlin is the number of nonlinear variables in the current basis B .
Linear is the number of linear variables in B .
Slacks is the number of slack variables in B .
B, BR, BS or BT factorize is the type of LU  factorization.
B periodic factorization of the basis B .
BR more careful rank-revealing factorization of B  using threshold rook pivoting. This occurs mainly at the start, if the first basis factors seem singular or ill-conditioned. Followed by a normal B factorize.
BS BS  is factorized to choose a well-conditioned B  from the current B S . Followed by a normal B factorize.
BT same as BS except the current B  is tried first and accepted if it appears to be not much more ill-conditioned than after the previous BS factorize.
m is the number of rows in B  or BS .
n is the number of columns in B  or BS . Preceded by ‘=’ or ‘>’ respectively.
Elems is the number of nonzero elements in B  or BS .
Amax is the largest nonzero in B  or BS .
Density is the percentage nonzero density of B  or BS .
Merit/MerRP/MerCP Merit is the average Markowitz merit count for the elements chosen to be the diagonals of PUQ . Each merit count is defined to be c-1 r-1  where c  and r  are the number of nonzeros in the column and row containing the element at the time it is selected to be the next diagonal. Merit is the average of n such quantities. It gives an indication of how much work was required to preserve sparsity during the factorization. If LU Complete Pivoting or LU Rook Pivoting has been selected, this heading is changed to MerCP, respectively MerRP.
lenL is the number of nonzeros in L .
L+U is the number of nonzeros representing the basis factors L  and U . Immediately after a basis factorization B=LU , this is lenL+lenU, the number of subdiagonal elements in the columns of a lower triangular matrix and the number of diagonal and superdiagonal elements in the rows of an upper-triangular matrix. Further nonzeros are added to L when various columns of B  are later replaced. As columns of B  are replaced, the matrix U  is maintained explicitly (in sparse form). The value of L will steadily increase, whereas the value of U may fluctuate up or down. Thus the value of L+U may fluctuate up or down (in general, it will tend to increase).
Cmpressns is the number of times the data structure holding the partially factored matrix needed to be compressed to recover unused storage. Ideally this number should be zero. If it is more than 3 or 4, the amount of workspace available to nag_opt_sparse_nlp_solve (e04vhc) should be increased for efficiency.
Incres is the percentage increase in the number of nonzeros in L  and U  relative to the number of nonzeros in B  or BS .
Utri is the number of triangular rows of B  or BS  at the top of U .
lenU the number of nonzeros in U , including its diagonals.
Ltol is the largest subdiagonal element allowed in L . This is the specified LU Factor Tolerance or a smaller value that is currently being used for greater stability.
Umax the maximum nonzero element in U .
Ugrwth is the ratio Umax/Amax , which ideally should not be substantially larger than 10.0 or 100.0. If it is orders of magnitude larger, it may be advisable to reduce the LU Factor Tolerance to 5.0, 4.0, 3.0 or 2.0, say (but bigger than 1.0).
As long as Lmax is not large (say 5.0 or less), maxAmax,Umax / DUmin  gives an estimate of the condition number B . If this is extremely large, the basis is nearly singular. Slacks are used to replace suspect columns of B  and the modified basis is refactored.
Ltri is the number of triangular columns of B  or BS  at the left of L .
dense1 is the number of columns remaining when the density of the basis matrix being factorized reached 0.3.
Lmax is the actual maximum subdiagonal element in L  (bounded by Ltol).
Akmax is the largest nonzero generated at any stage of the LU  factorization. (Values much larger than Amax indicate instability.) Akmax is not printed if LU Partial Pivoting is selected.
Agrwth is the ratio Akmax/Amax . Values much larger than 100 (say) indicate instability. Agrwth is not printed if LU Partial Pivoting is selected.
bump is the size of the block to be factorized nontrivially after the triangular rows and columns of B  or BS  have been removed.
dense2 is the number of columns remaining when the density of the basis matrix being factorized reached 0.6. (The Markowitz pivot strategy searches fewer columns at that stage.)
DUmax is the largest diagonal of PUQ .
DUmin is the smallest diagonal of PUQ .
condU the ratio DUmax/DUmin , which estimates the condition number of U  (and of B  if Ltol is less than 5.0, say).

12.5  The Solution File

At the end of a run, the final solution may be output as a Solution file, according to Solution File. Some header information appears first to identify the problem and the final state of the optimization procedure. A ROWS section and a COLUMNS section then follow, giving one line of information for each row and column. The format used is similar to certain commercial systems, though there is no industry standard.
The maximum record length is 111 characters.
To reduce clutter, a full stop (.) is printed for any numerical value that is exactly zero. The values ±1  are also printed specially as 1.0  and -1.0 . Infinite bounds ( ± 1020  or larger) are printed as None.
A Solution file is intended to be read from disk by a self-contained program that extracts and saves certain values as required for possible further computation. Typically, the first 14 records would be ignored. The end of the ROWS section is marked by a record that starts with a 1 and is otherwise blank. If this and the next 4 records are skipped, the COLUMNS section can then be read under the same format.
A full description of the ROWS section and the COLUMNS section is given in Sections 8.1.1 and 8.1.2.

12.6  The Summary File

If Summary File>0, the following information is output to the Summary File. (It is a brief summary of the output directed to unit Print File):
the optional arguments supplied via the option setting functions, if any;
the Basis file loaded, if any;
a brief major iteration log (see Section 12.1);
a brief minor iteration log (see Section 12.2);
a summary of the final iterate.

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