NAG CL Interface
e04mfc (lp_solve)
1
Purpose
e04mfc solves general linear programming problems. It is not intended for large sparse problems.
2
Specification
void 
e04mfc (Integer n,
Integer nclin,
const double a[],
Integer tda,
const double bl[],
const double bu[],
const double cvec[],
double x[],
double *objf,
Nag_E04_Opt *options,
Nag_Comm *comm,
NagError *fail) 

The function may be called by the names: e04mfc, nag_opt_lp_solve or nag_opt_lp.
3
Description
e04mfc is designed to solve linear programming (LP) problems of the form
where
$c$ is an
$n$ element vector and
$A$ is an
${m}_{\mathit{lin}}$ by
$n$ matrix.
The function allows the linear objective function to be omitted in which case a feasible point (FP) for the set of constraints is sought.
The constraints involving
$A$ are called the
general constraints. Note that upper and lower bounds are specified for all the variables and for all the general constraints. An
equality constraint can be specified by setting
${l}_{i}={u}_{i}$. If certain bounds are not present, the associated elements of
$l$ or
$u$ can be set to special values that will be treated as
$\infty $ or
$+\infty $. (See the description of the optional parameter
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$ in
Section 12.2).
You must supply an initial estimate of the solution.
Details about the algorithm are described in
Section 11, but it is not necessary to read this more advanced section before using
e04mfc.
4
References
Gill P E, Hammarling S, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1986) Users' guide for LSSOL (Version 1.0) Report SOL 861 Department of Operations Research, Stanford University
Gill P E and Murray W (1978) Numerically stable methods for quadratic programming Math. Programming 14 349–372
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1984) Procedures for optimization problems with a mixture of bounds and general linear constraints ACM Trans. Math. Software 10 282–298
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1989) A practical anticycling procedure for linearly constrained optimization Math. Programming 45 437–474
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1991) Inertiacontrolling methods for general quadratic programming SIAM Rev. 33 1–36
Gill P E, Murray W and Wright M H (1991) Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization (Volume 1) Addison Wesley, Redwood City, California.
5
Arguments

1:
$\mathbf{n}$ – Integer
Input

On entry: $n$, the number of variables.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{n}}>0$.

2:
$\mathbf{nclin}$ – Integer
Input

On entry: ${m}_{\mathit{lin}}$, the number of general linear constraints.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{nclin}}\ge 0$.

3:
$\mathbf{a}\left[{\mathbf{nclin}}\times {\mathbf{tda}}\right]$ – const double
Input

Note: the $\left(i,j\right)$th element of the matrix $A$ is stored in ${\mathbf{a}}\left[\left(i1\right)\times {\mathbf{tda}}+j1\right]$.
On entry: the
$\mathit{i}$th row of
a must contain the coefficients of the
$\mathit{i}$th general linear constraint (the
$\mathit{i}$th row of
$A$), for
$\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,{m}_{\mathit{lin}}$.
If
${\mathbf{nclin}}=0$ then the array
a is not referenced.

4:
$\mathbf{tda}$ – Integer
Input

On entry: the stride separating matrix column elements in the array
a.
Constraint:
if ${\mathbf{nclin}}>0$, ${\mathbf{tda}}\ge {\mathbf{n}}$

5:
$\mathbf{bl}\left[{\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}\right]$ – const double
Input

6:
$\mathbf{bu}\left[{\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}\right]$ – const double
Input

On entry:
bl must contain the lower bounds and
bu the upper bounds, for all the constraints in the following order. The first
$n$ elements of each array must contain the bounds on the variables, and the next
${m}_{\mathit{lin}}$ elements the bounds for the general linear constraints (if any). To specify a nonexistent lower bound (i.e.,
${l}_{j}=\infty $), set
${\mathbf{bl}}\left[j1\right]\le {\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$, and to specify a nonexistent upper bound (i.e.,
${u}_{j}=+\infty $), set
${\mathbf{bu}}\left[j1\right]\ge {\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$; here
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$ is the value of the optional parameter
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$, whose default value is
${10}^{20}$ (see
Section 12.2). To specify the
$j$th constraint as an
equality, set
${\mathbf{bl}}\left[j1\right]={\mathbf{bu}}\left[j1\right]=\beta $, say, where
$\left\beta \right<{\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{bl}}\left[\mathit{j}1\right]\le {\mathbf{bu}}\left[\mathit{j}1\right]$, for $\mathit{j}=1,2,\dots ,{\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}1$.

7:
$\mathbf{cvec}\left[{\mathbf{n}}\right]$ – const double
Input

On entry: the coefficients of the objective function when the problem is of type
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$. The problem type is specified by the optional parameter
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}$ (see
Section 12.2) and the values
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$ or
$\mathrm{Nag\_FP}$ represent linear programming problem and feasible point problem respectively.
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$ is the default problem type for
e04mfc.
If the problem type
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_FP}$ is specified then
cvec is not referenced and a
NULL pointer may be given.

8:
$\mathbf{x}\left[{\mathbf{n}}\right]$ – double
Input/Output

On entry: an initial estimate of the solution.
On exit: the point at which
e04mfc terminated. If
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}=\mathrm{NE\_NOERROR}$,
NW_SOLN_NOT_UNIQUE or
NW_NOT_FEASIBLE,
x contains an estimate of the solution.

9:
$\mathbf{objf}$ – double *
Output

On exit: the value of the objective function at
$x$ if
$x$ is feasible, or the sum of infeasibilities at
$x$ otherwise. If the problem is of type
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_FP}$ and
$x$ is feasible,
objf is set to zero.

10:
$\mathbf{options}$ – Nag_E04_Opt *
Input/Output

On entry/exit: a pointer to a structure of type Nag_E04_Opt whose members are optional parameters for
e04mfc. These structure members offer the means of adjusting some of the argument values of the algorithm and on output will supply further details of the results. A description of the members of
options is given below in
Section 12.2. Some of the results returned in
options can be used by
e04mfc to perform a ‘warm start’ if it is reentered (see the member
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}$ in
Section 12.2).
If any of these optional parameters are required, then the structure
options should be declared and initialized by a call to
e04xxc immediately before being supplied as an argument to
e04mfc.

11:
$\mathbf{comm}$ – Nag_Comm *
Input/Output

Note: comm is a NAG defined type (see
Section 3.1.1 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface).
On entry/exit: structure containing pointers for user communication with an optional userdefined printing function. See
Section 12.3.1 for details. If you do not need to make use of this communication feature then the null pointer
NAGCOMM_NULL may be used in the call to
e04mfc.

12:
$\mathbf{fail}$ – NagError *
Input/Output

The NAG error argument (see
Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library CL Interface).
6
Error Indicators and Warnings
 If one of NE_INT_ARG_LT, NE_2_INT_ARG_LT, NE_OPT_NOT_INIT, NE_BAD_PARAM, NE_INVALID_INT_RANGE_1, NE_INVALID_INT_RANGE_2, NE_INVALID_REAL_RANGE_FF, NE_INVALID_REAL_RANGE_F, NE_CVEC_NULL, NE_WARM_START, NE_BOUND, NE_BOUND_LCON, NE_STATE_VAL and NE_ALLOC_FAIL occurs, no values will have been assigned to objf, or to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ax}}$ and ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{lambda}}$. x and ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ will be unchanged.
 NE_2_INT_ARG_LT

On entry, ${\mathbf{tda}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ while ${\mathbf{n}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$. These arguments must satisfy ${\mathbf{tda}}\ge {\mathbf{n}}$.
 NE_ALLOC_FAIL

Dynamic memory allocation failed.
 NE_BAD_PARAM

On entry, argument ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}$ had an illegal value.
On entry, argument ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}$ had an illegal value.
On entry, argument ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}$ had an illegal value.
 NE_BOUND

The lower bound for variable $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ (array element ${\mathbf{bl}}\left[\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a\right]$) is greater than the upper bound.
 NE_BOUND_LCON

The lower bound for linear constraint $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ (array element ${\mathbf{bl}}\left[\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a\right]$) is greater than the upper bound.
 NE_CVEC_NULL

${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ but argument ${\mathbf{cvec}}=\text{}$ NULL.
 NE_INT_ARG_LT

On entry, ${\mathbf{n}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{n}}\ge 1$.
On entry, ${\mathbf{nclin}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{nclin}}\ge 0$.
 NE_INVALID_INT_RANGE_1

Value $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ given to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{fcheck}}$ not valid. Correct range is ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{fcheck}}\ge 1$.
Value $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ given to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{max\_iter}}$ not valid. Correct range is ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{max\_iter}}\ge 0$.
 NE_INVALID_INT_RANGE_2

Value $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ given to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}$ not valid. Correct range is $0<{\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}<10000000$.
 NE_INVALID_REAL_RANGE_F

Value $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ given to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$ not valid. Correct range is ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}>0.0$.
Value $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ given to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$ not valid. Correct range is ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}>0.0$.
Value $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ given to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_step}}$ not valid. Correct range is ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_step}}>0.0$.
 NE_INVALID_REAL_RANGE_FF

Value $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ given to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{crash\_tol}}$ not valid. Correct range is $0.0\le {\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{crash\_tol}}\le 1.0$.
 NE_NOT_APPEND_FILE

Cannot open file $\u2329\mathit{string}\u232a$ for appending.
 NE_NOT_CLOSE_FILE

Cannot close file $\u2329\mathit{string}\u232a$.
 NE_OPT_NOT_INIT

options structure not initialized.
 NE_STATE_VAL

${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a\right]$ is out of range. ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a\right]=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$.
 NE_UNBOUNDED

Solution appears to be unbounded.
This value of ${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}$ implies that a step as large as ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_step}}$ would have to be taken in order to continue the algorithm. This situation can occur only when the problem is of type ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$ and at least one variable has no upper or lower bound.
 NE_WARM_START

${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Warm}$ but pointer ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}=\text{}$ NULL.
 NE_WRITE_ERROR

Error occurred when writing to file $\u2329\mathit{string}\u232a$.
 NW_NOT_FEASIBLE

No feasible point was found for the linear constraints.
It was not possible to satisfy all the constraints to within the feasibility tolerance. In this case, the constraint violations at the final $x$ will reveal a value of the tolerance for which a feasible point will exist – for example, if the feasibility tolerance for each violated constraint exceeds its Residual at the final point. You should check that there are no constraint redundancies. If the data for the constraints are accurate only to the absolute precision $\sigma $, you should ensure that the value of the optional parameter ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$ is greater than $\sigma $. For example, if all elements of $A$ are of order unity and are accurate only to three decimal places, the optional parameter ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$ should be at least ${10}^{3}$.
 NW_OVERFLOW_WARN

Serious illconditioning in the working set after adding constraint $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$. Overflow may occur in subsequent iterations.
If overflow occurs preceded by this warning then serious illconditioning has probably occurred in the working set when adding a constraint. It may be possible to avoid the difficulty by increasing the magnitude of the optional parameter ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$ and rerunning the program. If the message recurs even after this change, the offending linearly dependent constraint $j$ must be removed from the problem.
 NW_SOLN_NOT_UNIQUE

Optimal solution is not unique.
$x$ is a weak local minimum (the projected gradient is negligible, the Lagrange multipliers are optimal but there is a small multiplier). This means that the solution $x$ is not unique.
 NW_TOO_MANY_ITER

The maximum number of iterations, $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$, have been performed.
The value of the optional parameter ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{max\_iter}}$ may be too small. If the method appears to be making progress (e.g., the objective function is being satisfactorily reduced), increase the value of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{max\_iter}}$ and rerun e04mfc (possibly using the ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Warm}$ facility to specify the initial working set).
7
Accuracy
e04mfc implements a numerically stable active set strategy and returns solutions that are as accurate as the condition of the problem warrants on the machine.
8
Parallelism and Performance
e04mfc is not threaded in any implementation.
Sensible scaling of the problem is likely to reduce the number of iterations required and make the problem less sensitive to perturbations in the data, thus improving the condition of the problem. In the absence of better information it is usually sensible to make the Euclidean lengths of each constraint of comparable magnitude. See the
E04 Chapter Introduction and
Gill et al. (1986) for further information and advice.
10
Example
This example is a portfolio investment problem taken from
Gill et al. (1991). The objective function to be minimized is
subject to the bounds
and the general constraints
The initial point, which is feasible, is
Three general constraints are active at the solution, the bound constraints are all inactive.
The
options structure is declared and initialized by
e04xxc, a value is assigned directly to option
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$ and
e04mfc is then called. On successful return two further options are read from a data file by use of
e04xyc and the problem is rerun. The memory freeing function
e04xzc is used to free the memory assigned to the pointers in the options structure. You must
not use the standard C function
free() for this purpose.
10.1
Program Text
10.2
Program Data
10.3
Program Results
11
Further Description
This section gives a detailed description of the algorithm used in
e04mfc. This, and possibly the next section,
Section 12, may be omitted if the more sophisticated features of the algorithm and software are not currently of interest.
11.1
Overview
e04mfc is based on an inertiacontrolling method due to
Gill and Murray (1978) and is described in detail by
Gill et al. (1991). Here the main features of the method are summarised. Where possible, explicit reference is made to the names of variables that are arguments of
e04mfc or appear in the printed output.
e04mfc has two phases: finding an initial feasible point by minimizing the sum of infeasibilities (the
feasibility phase), and minimizing the linear objective function within the feasible region (the
optimality phase). The computations in both phases are performed by the same functions. The twophase nature of the algorithm is reflected by changing the function being minimized from the sum of infeasibilities to the linear objective function. The feasibility phase does
not perform the standard simplex method (i.e., it does not necessarily find a vertex), except in the LP case when
${m}_{\mathit{lin}}\le n$. Once any iterate is feasible, all subsequent iterates remain feasible.
In general, an iterative process is required to solve a linear program. (For simplicity, we shall always consider a typical iteration and avoid reference to the index of the iteration.) Each new iterate
$\overline{x}$ is defined by
where the
steplength $\alpha $ is a nonnegative scalar, and
$p$ is called the
search direction.
At each point
$x$, a
working set of constraints is defined to be a linearly independent subset of the constraints that are satisfied ‘exactly’ (to within the tolerance defined by the optional parameter
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$; see
Section 12.2). The working set is the current prediction of the constraints that hold with equality at a solution of an LP problem. The search direction is constructed so that the constraints in the working set remain
unaltered for any value of the step length. For a bound constraint in the working set, this property is achieved by setting the corresponding component of the search direction to zero. Thus, the associated variable is
fixed and the specification of the working set induces a partition of
$x$ into
fixed and
free variables. During a given iteration, the fixed variables are effectively removed from the problem; since the relevant components of the search direction are zero, the columns of
$A$ corresponding to fixed variables may be ignored.
Let ${m}_{w}$ denote the number of general constraints in the working set and let ${n}_{fx}$ denote the number of variables fixed at one of their bounds (${m}_{w}$ and ${n}_{fx}$ are the quantities Lin and Bnd in the printed output from e04mfc). Similarly, let ${n}_{fr}\left({n}_{fr}=n{n}_{fx}\right)$ denote the number of free variables. At every iteration, the variables are reordered so that the last ${n}_{fx}$ variables are fixed, with all other relevant vectors and matrices ordered accordingly.
11.2
Definition of the Search Direction
Let
${A}_{fr}$ denote the
${m}_{w}$ by
${n}_{fr}$ submatrix of general constraints in the working set corresponding to the free variables, and let
${p}_{fr}$ denote the search direction with respect to the free variables only. The general constraints in the working set will be unaltered by any move along
$p$ if
In order to compute
${p}_{fr}$, the
$TQ$ factorization of
${A}_{fr}$ is used:
where
$T$ is a nonsingular
${m}_{w}$ by
${m}_{w}$ upper triangular matrix (i.e.,
${t}_{ij}=0$ if
$i>j$), and the nonsingular
${n}_{fr}$ by
${n}_{fr}$ matrix
${Q}_{fr}$ is the product of orthogonal transformations (see
Gill et al. (1984)). If the columns of
${Q}_{fr}$ are partitioned so that
where
$Y$ is
${n}_{fr}\times {m}_{w}$, then the
${n}_{z}$
$\left({n}_{z}={n}_{fr}{m}_{w}\right)$ columns of
$Z$ form a basis for the null space of
${A}_{fr}$. Let
${n}_{r}$ be an integer such that
$0\le {n}_{r}\le {n}_{z}$, and let
${Z}_{r}$ denote a matrix whose
${n}_{r}$ columns are a subset of the columns of
$Z$. (The integer
${n}_{r}$ is the quantity
Nrz in the printed output from
e04mfc. In many cases,
${Z}_{r}$ will include
all the columns of
$Z$.) The direction
${p}_{fr}$ will satisfy
(2) if
where
${p}_{r}$ is any
${n}_{r}$vector.
11.3
The Main Iteration
Let
$Q$ denote the
$n$ by
$n$ matrix
where
${I}_{fx}$ is the identity matrix of order
${n}_{fx}$. Let
${g}_{q}$ denote the transformed gradient
and let the vector of first
${n}_{r}$ elements of
${g}_{q}$ be denoted by
${g}_{r}$. The quantity
${g}_{r}$ is known as the
reduced gradient of
${c}^{\mathrm{T}}x$. If the reduced gradient is zero,
$x$ is a constrained stationary point in the subspace defined by
$Z$. During the feasibility phase, the reduced gradient will usually be zero only at a vertex (although it may be zero at nonvertices in the presence of constraint dependencies). During the optimality phase, a zero reduced gradient implies that
$x$ minimizes the linear objective when the constraints in the working set are treated as equalities. At a constrained stationary point, Lagrange multipliers
${\lambda}_{c}$ and
${\lambda}_{b}$ for the general and bound constraints are defined from the equations
Given a positive constant
$\delta $ of the order of the
machine precision, a Lagrange multiplier
${\lambda}_{j}$ corresponding to an inequality constraint in the working set is said to be
optimal if
${\lambda}_{j}\le \delta $ when the associated constraint is at its
upper bound, or if
${\lambda}_{j}\ge \delta $ when the associated constraint is at its
lower bound. If a multiplier is nonoptimal, the objective function (either the true objective or the sum of infeasibilities) can be reduced by deleting the corresponding constraint (with index
Jdel; see
Section 12.3) from the working set.
If optimal multipliers occur during the feasibility phase and the sum of infeasibilities is nonzero, there is no feasible point, and e04mfc will continue until the minimum value of the sum of infeasibilities has been found. At this point, the Lagrange multiplier ${\lambda}_{j}$ corresponding to an inequality constraint in the working set will be such that $\left(1+\delta \right)\le {\lambda}_{j}\le \delta $ when the associated constraint is at its upper bound, and $\delta \le {\lambda}_{j}\le \left(1+\delta \right)$ when the associated constraint is at its lower bound. Lagrange multipliers for equality constraints will satisfy $\left{\lambda}_{j}\right\le 1+\delta $.
If the reduced gradient is not zero, Lagrange multipliers need not be computed and the nonzero elements of the search direction $p$ are given by ${Z}_{r}{p}_{r}$. The choice of step length is influenced by the need to maintain feasibility with respect to the satisfied constraints.
Each change in the working set leads to a simple change to ${A}_{fr}$: if the status of a general constraint changes, a row of ${A}_{fr}$ is altered; if a bound constraint enters or leaves the working set, a column of ${A}_{fr}$ changes. Explicit representations are recurred of the matrices $T$ and ${Q}_{fr}$ and of vectors ${Q}^{\mathrm{T}}g$, and ${Q}^{\mathrm{T}}c$.
One of the most important features of
e04mfc is its control of the conditioning of the working set, whose nearness to linear dependence is estimated by the ratio of the largest to smallest diagonal elements of the
$TQ$ factor
$T$ (the printed value
Cond T; see
Section 12.3). In constructing the initial working set, constraints are excluded that would result in a large value of
Cond T.
e04mfc includes a rigorous procedure that prevents the possibility of cycling at a point where the active constraints are nearly linearly dependent (see
Gill et al. (1989)). The main feature of the anticycling procedure is that the feasibility tolerance is increased slightly at the start of every iteration. This not only allows a positive step to be taken at every iteration, but also provides, whenever possible, a
choice of constraints to be added to the working set. Let
${\alpha}_{m}$ denote the maximum step at which
$x+{\alpha}_{m}p$ does not violate any constraint by more than its feasibility tolerance. All constraints at a distance
$\alpha \left(\alpha \le {\alpha}_{m}\right)$ along
$p$ from the current point are then viewed as acceptable candidates for inclusion in the working set. The constraint whose normal makes the largest angle with the search direction is added to the working set.
11.4
Choosing the Initial Working Set
Let
$Z$ be partitioned as
$Z=\left({Z}_{r}{Z}_{a}\right)$. A working set for which
${Z}_{r}$ defines the null space can be obtained by including
the rows of
${Z}_{a}^{\mathrm{T}}$ as ‘artificial constraints’. Minimization of the objective function then proceeds within the subspace defined by
${Z}_{r}$, as described in
Section 11.2.
The artificially augmented working set is given by
so that
${p}_{fr}$ will satisfy
${A}_{fr}{p}_{fr}=0$ and
${Z}_{a}^{\mathrm{T}}{p}_{fr}=0$. By definition of the
$TQ$ factorization,
${\overline{A}}_{fr}$ automatically satisfies the following:
where
and hence the
$TQ$ factorization of
(6) is available trivially from
$T$ and
${Q}_{fr}$ without additional expense.
The matrix
${Z}_{a}$ is not kept fixed, since its role is purely to define an appropriate null space; the
$TQ$ factorization can therefore be updated in the normal fashion as the iterations proceed. No work is required to ‘delete’ the artificial constraints associated with
${Z}_{a}$ when
${Z}_{r}^{\mathrm{T}}{g}_{fr}=0$, since this simply involves repartitioning
${Q}_{fr}$. The ‘artificial’ multiplier vector associated with the rows of
${Z}_{a}^{\mathrm{T}}$ is equal to
${Z}_{a}^{\mathrm{T}}{g}_{fr}$, and the multipliers corresponding to the rows of the ‘true’ working set are the multipliers that would be obtained if the artificial constraints were not present. If an artificial constraint is ‘deleted’ from the working set, an
A appears alongside the entry in the
Jdel column of the printed output (see
Section 12.3).
The number of columns in
${Z}_{a}$ and
${Z}_{r}$ and the Euclidean norm of
${Z}_{r}^{\mathrm{T}}{g}_{fr}$, appear in the printed output as
Nart,
Nrz and
Norm Gz (see
Section 12.3).
Under some circumstances, a different type of artificial constraint is used when solving a linear program. Although the algorithm of
e04mfc does not usually perform simplex steps (in the traditional sense), there is one exception: a linear program with fewer general constraints than variables (i.e.,
${m}_{\mathit{lin}}\le n$). (Use of the simplex method in this situation leads to savings in storage.) At the starting point, the ‘natural’ working set (the set of constraints exactly or nearly satisfied at the starting point) is augmented with a suitable number of ‘temporary’ bounds, each of which has the effect of temporarily fixing a variable at its current value. In subsequent iterations, a temporary bound is treated as a standard constraint until it is deleted from the working set, in which case it is never added again. If a temporary bound is ‘deleted’ from the working set, an
F (for ‘Fixed’) appears alongside the entry in the
Jdel column of the printed output (see
Section 12.3).
12
Optional Parameters
A number of optional input and output arguments to
e04mfc are available through the structure argument
options, type Nag_E04_Opt. An argument may be selected by assigning an appropriate value to the relevant structure member; those arguments not selected will be assigned default values. If no use is to be made of any of the optional parameters you should use the NAG defined null pointer,
E04_DEFAULT, in place of
options when calling
e04mfc; the default settings will then be used for all arguments.
Before assigning values to
options directly the structure
must be initialized by a call to the function
e04xxc. Values may then be assigned to the structure members in the normal C manner.
After return from
e04mfc, the
options structure may only be reused for future calls of
e04mfc if the dimensions of the new problem are the same. Otherwise, the structure must be cleared by a call of
e04xzc) and reinitialized by a call of
e04xxc before future calls. Failure to do this will result in unpredictable behaviour.
Option settings may also be read from a file using the function
e04xyc in which case initialization of the
options structure will be performed automatically if not already done. Any subsequent direct assignment to the
options structure must
not be preceded by initialization.
If assignment of functions and memory to pointers in the
options structure is required, this must be done directly in the calling program; they cannot be assigned using
e04xyc.
12.1
Optional Parameter Checklist and Default Values
For easy reference, the following list shows the members of
options which are valid for
e04mfc together with their default values where relevant. The number
$\epsilon $ is a generic notation for
machine precision (see
X02AJC).
Nag_ProblemType prob 
$\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$ 
Nag_Start start 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Cold}$ 
Boolean list 
Nag_TRUE 
Nag_PrintType print_level 
Nag_Soln_Iter 
char outfile[512] 
stdout 
void (*print_fun)() 
NULL 
Integer max_iter 
$\mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}\left(50,5\left({\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}\right)\right)$ 
double crash_tol 
0.01 
double ftol 
$\sqrt{\epsilon}$ 
double optim_tol 
${\epsilon}^{0.8}$ 
Integer reset_ftol 
10000 
Integer fcheck 
50 
double inf_bound 
${10}^{20}$ 
double inf_step 
$\mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}\left({\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}},{10}^{20}\right)$ 
Integer *state 
size ${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ 
double *ax 
size nclin 
double *lambda 
size ${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ 
Integer iter 
12.2
Description of the Optional Parameters
prob – Nag_ProblemType   Default $\text{}=\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$ 
On entry: specifies the problem type. The following are the two possible values of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}$ and the size of the array
cvec that is required to define the objective function:
$\mathrm{Nag\_FP}$ 
cvec not accessed; 
$\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$ 
${\mathbf{cvec}}\left[{\mathbf{n}}\right]$ required; 
$\mathrm{Nag\_FP}$ denotes a feasible point problem and $\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$ a linear programming problem.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_FP}$ or $\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$.
start – Nag_Start   Default $\text{}=\mathrm{Nag\_Cold}$ 
On entry: specifies how the initial working set is chosen. With
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Cold}$,
e04mfc chooses the initial working set based on the values of the variables and constraints at the initial point. Broadly speaking, the initial working set will include equality constraints and bounds or inequality constraints that violate or ‘nearly’ satisfy their bounds (to within
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{crash\_tol}}$; see below).
With
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Warm}$, you must provide a valid definition of every element of the array pointer
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ (see below for the definition of this member of
options).
e04mfc will override your specification of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ if necessary, so that a poor choice of the working set will not cause a fatal error.
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Warm}$ will be advantageous if a good estimate of the initial working set is available – for example, when
e04mfc is called repeatedly to solve related problems.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Cold}$ or $\mathrm{Nag\_Warm}$.
list – Nag_Boolean   Default $\text{}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ 
On entry: if ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{list}}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ the argument settings in the call to e04mfc will be printed.
print_level – Nag_PrintType   Default $\text{}=\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter}$ 
On entry: the level of results printout produced by
e04mfc. The following values are available:
$\mathrm{Nag\_NoPrint}$ 
No output. 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln}$ 
The final solution. 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Iter}$ 
One line of output for each iteration. 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Iter\_Long}$ 
A longer line of output for each iteration with more information (line exceeds 80 characters). 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter}$ 
The final solution and one line of output for each iteration. 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Long}$ 
The final solution and one long line of output for each iteration (line exceeds 80 characters). 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Const}$ 
As $\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Long}$ with the Lagrange multipliers, the variables $x$, the constraint values $Ax$ and the constraint status also printed at each iteration. 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Full}$ 
As $\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Const}$ with the diagonal elements of the upper triangular matrix $T$ associated with the $TQ$ factorization 3 of the working set. 
Details of each level of results printout are described in
Section 12.3.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}=\mathrm{Nag\_NoPrint}$, $\mathrm{Nag\_Soln}$, $\mathrm{Nag\_Iter}$, $\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter}$, $\mathrm{Nag\_Iter\_Long}$, $\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Long}$, $\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Const}$ or $\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Full}$.
outfile – const char[512]   Default $\text{}=\mathtt{stdout}$ 
On entry: the name of the file to which results should be printed. If ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{outfile}}\left[0\right]=\text{'}\text{}\text{0}\text{}\text{'}$ then the stdout stream is used.
print_fun – pointer to function   Default $\text{}=\text{}$ NULL 
On entry: printing function defined by you; the prototype of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_fun}}$ is
void (*print_fun)(const Nag_Search_State *st, Nag_Comm *comm);
See
Section 12.3.1 below for further details.
max_iter – Integer   Default $\text{}=\mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}\left(50,5\left({\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}\right)\right)$ 
On entry:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{max\_iter}}$ specifies the maximum number of iterations to be performed by
e04mfc.
If you wish to check that a call to e04mfc is correct before attempting to solve the problem in full then ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{max\_iter}}$ may be set to $0$. No iterations will then be performed but the initialization stages prior to the first iteration will be processed and a listing of argument settings output if ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{list}}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ (the default setting).
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{max\_iter}}\ge 0$.
crash_tol – double   Default $\text{}=0.01$ 
On entry: ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{crash\_tol}}$ is used in conjunction with the optional parameter ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}$. When ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}$ has the default setting, i.e., ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Cold}$, e04mfc selects an initial working set. The initial working set will include bounds or general inequality constraints that lie within ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{crash\_tol}}$ of their bounds. In particular, a constraint of the form ${a}_{j}^{\mathrm{T}}x\ge l$ will be included in the initial working set if $\left{a}_{j}^{\mathrm{T}}xl\right\le {\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{crash\_tol}}\times \left(1+\leftl\right\right)$.
Constraint:
$0.0\le {\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{crash\_tol}}\le 1.0$.
ftol – double   Default $\text{}=\sqrt{\epsilon}$ 
On entry:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$ defines the maximum acceptable violation in each constraint at a ‘feasible’ point. For example, if the variables and the coefficients in the general constraints are of order unity, and the latter are correct to about 6 decimal digits, it would be appropriate to specify
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$ as
${10}^{6}$.
e04mfc attempts to find a feasible solution before optimizing the objective function. If the sum of infeasibilities cannot be reduced to zero, e04mfc finds the minimum value of the sum. Let Sinf be the corresponding sum of infeasibilities. If Sinf is quite small, it may be appropriate to raise ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$ by a factor of 10 or $100$. Otherwise, some error in the data should be suspected.
Note that a ‘feasible solution’ is a solution that satisfies the current constraints to within the tolerance ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}>0.0$.
optim_tol – double   ${\epsilon}^{0.8}$ 
On entry: ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{optim\_tol}}$ defines the tolerance used to determine whether the bounds and generated constraints have the correct sign for the solution to be judged optimal.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{optim\_tol}}\ne \epsilon $.
reset_ftol – Integer   Default $\text{}=10000$ 
On entry: this option is part of an anticycling procedure designed to guarantee progress even on highly degenerate problems.
The strategy is to force a positive step at every iteration, at the expense of violating the constraints by a small amount. Suppose that the value of the optional parameter ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$ is $\delta $. Over a period of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}$ iterations, the feasibility tolerance actually used by e04mfc increases from $0.5\delta $ to $\delta $ (in steps of $0.5\delta /{\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}$).
At certain stages the following ‘resetting procedure’ is used to remove constraint infeasibilities. First, all variables whose upper or lower bounds are in the working set are moved exactly onto their bounds. A count is kept of the number of nontrivial adjustments made. If the count is positive, iterative refinement is used to give variables that satisfy the working set to (essentially) machine precision. Finally, the current feasibility tolerance is reinitialized to $0.5\delta $.
If a problem requires more than ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}$ iterations, the resetting procedure is invoked and a new cycle of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}$ iterations is started. (The decision to resume the feasibility phase or optimality phase is based on comparing any constraint infeasibilities with $\delta $.)
The resetting procedure is also invoked when e04mfc reaches an apparently optimal, infeasible or unbounded solution, unless this situation has already occurred twice. If any nontrivial adjustments are made, iterations are continued.
Constraint:
$0<{\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}<10000000$.
fcheck – Integer   Default $\text{}=50$ 
On entry: every ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{fcheck}}$ iterations, a numerical test is made to see if the current solution $x$ satisfies the constraints in the working set. If the largest residual of the constraints in the working set is judged to be too large, the current working set is refactorized and the variables are recomputed to satisfy the constraints more accurately.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{fcheck}}\ge 1$.
inf_bound – double   Default $\text{}={10}^{20}$ 
On entry: ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$ defines the ‘infinite’ bound in the definition of the problem constraints. Any upper bound greater than or equal to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$ will be regarded as $+\infty $ (and similarly for a lower bound less than or equal to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$).
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}>0.0$.
inf_step – double   Default $\text{}=\mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}\left({\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}},{10}^{20}\right)$ 
On entry: ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_step}}$ specifies the magnitude of the change in variables that will be considered a step to an unbounded solution. (Note that an unbounded solution can occur only when the problem is of type ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_LP}$). If the change in $x$ during an iteration would exceed the value of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_step}}$, the objective function is considered to be unbounded below in the feasible region.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_step}}>0.0$.
state – Integer *   Default memory $\text{}={\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ 
On entry:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ need not be set if the default option of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Cold}$ is used as
${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ values of memory will be automatically allocated by
e04mfc.
If the option
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Warm}$ has been chosen,
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ must point to a minimum of
${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ elements of memory. This memory will already be available if the
options structure has been used in a previous call to
e04mfc from the calling program, using the same values of
n and
nclin and
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Cold}$. If a previous call has not been made sufficient memory must be allocated to
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ by you.
When a warm start is chosen
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ should specify the desired status of the constraints at the start of the feasibility phase. More precisely, the first
$n$ elements of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ refer to the upper and lower bounds on the variables, and the next
${m}_{\mathit{lin}}$ elements refer to the general linear constraints (if any). Possible values for
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[j1\right]$ are as follows:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[j1\right]$ 
Meaning 
0 
The corresponding constraint should not be in the initial working set. 
1 
The constraint should be in the initial working set at its lower bound. 
2 
The constraint should be in the initial working set at its upper bound. 
3 
The constraint should be in the initial working set as an equality. This value should only be specified if ${\mathbf{bl}}\left[j1\right]={\mathbf{bu}}\left[j1\right]$. The values $1$, 2 or 3 all have the same effect when ${\mathbf{bl}}\left[j1\right]={\mathbf{bu}}\left[j1\right]$. 
The values
$2$,
$1$ and 4 are also acceptable but will be reset to zero by the function. In particular, if
e04mfc has been called previously with the same values of
n and
nclin,
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ already contains satisfactory information. (See also the description of the optional parameter
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{start}}$). The function also adjusts (if necessary) the values supplied in
x to be consistent with the values supplied in
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$.
On exit: if
e04mfc exits with
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}=\mathrm{NE\_NOERROR}$,
NW_SOLN_NOT_UNIQUE or
NW_NOT_FEASIBLE, the values in
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ indicate the status of the constraints in the working set at the solution. Otherwise,
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ indicates the composition of the working set at the final iterate. The significance of each possible value of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[j1\right]$ is as follows:
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[j1\right]$ 
Meaning 
$2$ 
The constraint violates its lower bound by more than the feasibility tolerance. 
$1$ 
The constraint violates its upper bound by more than the feasibility tolerance. 
$\phantom{}0$ 
The constraint is satisfied to within the feasibility tolerance, but is not in the working set. 
$\phantom{}1$ 
This inequality constraint is included in the working set at its lower bound. 
$\phantom{}2$ 
This inequality constraint is included in the working set at its upper bound. 
$\phantom{}3$ 
This constraint is included in the working set as an equality. This value of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ can occur only when ${\mathbf{bl}}\left[j1\right]={\mathbf{bu}}\left[j1\right]$. 
$\phantom{}4$ 
This corresponds to optimality being declared with ${\mathbf{x}}\left[j1\right]$ being temporarily fixed at its current value. This value of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ can only occur when ${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}={\mathbf{NW\_SOLN\_NOT\_UNIQUE}}$. 
ax – double *   Default memory $\text{}={\mathbf{nclin}}$ 
On entry:
nclin values of memory will be automatically allocated by
e04mfc and this is the recommended method of use of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ax}}$. However you may supply memory from the calling program.
On exit: if ${\mathbf{nclin}}>0$, ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ax}}$ points to the final values of the linear constraints $Ax$.
lambda – double *   Default memory $\text{}={\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ 
On entry: ${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ values of memory will be automatically allocated by e04mfc and this is the recommended method of use of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{lambda}}$. However you may supply memory from the calling program.
On exit: the values of the Lagrange multipliers for each constraint with respect to the current working set. The first $n$ elements contain the multipliers for the bound constraints on the variables, and the next ${m}_{\mathit{lin}}$ elements contain the multipliers for the general linear constraints (if any). If ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[j1\right]=0$ (i.e., constraint $j$ is not in the working set), ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{lambda}}\left[j1\right]$ is zero. If $x$ is optimal, ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{lambda}}\left[j1\right]$ should be nonnegative if ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[j1\right]=1$, nonpositive if ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[j1\right]=2$ and zero if ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}\left[j1\right]=4$.
On exit: the total number of iterations performed in the feasibility phase and (if appropriate) the optimality phase.
12.3
Description of Printed Output
The level of printed output can be controlled with the structure members
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{list}}$ and
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}$ (see
Section 12.2). If
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{list}}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ then the argument values to
e04mfc are listed, whereas the printout of results is governed by the value of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}$. The default of
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter}$ provides a single line of output at each iteration and the final result. This section describes all of the possible levels of results printout available from
e04mfc.
The convention for numbering the constraints in the iteration results is that indices 1 to $n$ refer to the bounds on the variables, and indices $n+1$ to $n+{m}_{\mathit{lin}}$ refer to the general constraints. When the status of a constraint changes, the index of the constraint is printed, along with the designation L (lower bound), U (upper bound), E (equality), F (temporarily fixed variable) or A (artificial constraint).
When
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Iter}$ or
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter}$ the following line of output is produced on completion of each iteration.
Itn 
the iteration count. 
Jdel 
the index of the constraint deleted from the working set. If Jdel is zero, no constraint was deleted. 
Jadd 
the index of the constraint added to the working set. If Jadd is zero, no constraint was added. 
Step 
the step taken along the computed search direction. If a constraint is added during the current iteration (i.e., Jadd is positive), Step will be the step to the nearest constraint. During the optimality phase, the step can be greater than $1$ only if the reduced Hessian is not positive definite. 
Ninf 
the number of violated constraints (infeasibilities). This will be zero during the optimality phase. 
Sinf/Obj 
the value of the current objective function. If $x$ is not feasible, Sinf gives a weighted sum of the magnitudes of constraint violations. If $x$ is feasible, Obj is the value of the objective function. The output line for the final iteration of the feasibility phase (i.e., the first iteration for which Ninf is zero) will give the value of the true objective at the first feasible point. 

During the optimality phase, the value of the objective function will be nonincreasing. During the feasibility phase, the number of constraint infeasibilities will not increase until either a feasible point is found, or the optimality of the multipliers implies that no feasible point exists. Once optimal multipliers are obtained, the number of infeasibilities can increase, but the sum of infeasibilities will either remain constant or be reduced until the minimum sum of infeasibilities is found. 
Bnd 
the number of simple bound constraints in the current working set. 
Lin 
the number of general linear constraints in the current working set. 
Nart 
the number of artificial constraints in the working set, i.e., the number of columns of ${Z}_{a}$ (see Section 11). At the start of the optimality phase, Nart provides an estimate of the number of nonpositive eigenvalues in the reduced Hessian. 
Nrz 
is the number of columns of ${Z}_{r}$ (see Section 11). Nrz is the dimension of the subspace in which the objective function is currently being minimized. The value of Nrz is the number of variables minus the number of constraints in the working set; i.e., $\mathtt{Nrz}=n\left(\mathtt{Bnd}+\mathtt{Lin}+\mathtt{Nart}\right)$. 

The value of ${n}_{z}$, the number of columns of $Z$ (see Section 11) can be calculated as ${n}_{z}=n\left(\mathtt{Bnd}+\mathtt{Lin}\right)$. A zero value of ${n}_{z}$ implies that $x$ lies at a vertex of the feasible region. 
Norm Gz 
$\Vert {Z}_{r}^{\mathrm{T}}{g}_{fr}\Vert $, the Euclidean norm of the reduced gradient with respect to ${Z}_{r}$. During the optimality phase, this norm will be approximately zero after a unit step. 
If
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Iter\_Long}$,
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Long}$,
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Const}$ or
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Full}$ the line of printout is extended to give the following information. (Note this longer line extends over more than 80 characters).
NOpt 
is the number of nonoptimal Lagrange multipliers at the current point. NOpt is not printed if the current $x$ is infeasible or no multipliers have been calculated. At a minimizer, NOpt will be zero. 
Min LM 
is the value of the Lagrange multiplier associated with the deleted constraint. If Min LM is negative, a lower bound constraint has been deleted; if Min LM is positive, an upper bound constraint has been deleted. If no multipliers are calculated during a given iteration, Min LM will be zero. 
Cond T 
is a lower bound on the condition number of the working set. 
When
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Const}$ or
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Full}$ more detailed results are given at each iteration. For the setting
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Const}$ additional values output are:
Value of x 
the value of $x$ currently held in x. 
State 
the current value of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ associated with $x$. 
Value of Ax 
the value of $Ax$ currently held in ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ax}}$. 
State 
the current value of ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ associated with $Ax$. 
Also printed are the Lagrange Multipliers for the bound constraints, linear constraints and artificial constraints.
If ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Full}$ then the diagonal of $T$ and ${Z}_{r}$ are also output at each iteration.
When
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}=\mathrm{Nag\_Soln}$,
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter}$,
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Const}$ or
$\mathrm{Nag\_Soln\_Iter\_Full}$ the final printout from
e04mfc includes a listing of the status of every variable and constraint. The following describes the printout for each variable.
Varbl 
the name (V) and index $\mathit{j}$, for $\mathit{j}=1,2,\dots ,n$, of the variable. 
State 
the state of the variable (FR if neither bound is in the working set, EQ if a fixed variable, LL if on its lower bound, UL if on its upper bound, TF if temporarily fixed at its current value). If Value lies outside the upper or lower bounds by more than the feasibility tolerance, State will be ++ or  respectively. 
Value 
the value of the variable at the final iteration. 
Lower bound 
the lower bound specified for the variable. (None indicates that ${\mathbf{bl}}\left[j1\right]\le {\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$.) 
Upper bound 
the upper bound specified for the variable. (None indicates that ${\mathbf{bu}}\left[j1\right]\ge {\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{inf\_bound}}$.) 
Lagr mult 
the value of the Lagrange multiplier for the associated bound constraint. This will be zero if State is FR. If $x$ is optimal, the multiplier should be nonnegative if State is LL, and nonpositive if State is UL. 
Residual 
the difference between the variable Value and the nearer of its bounds ${\mathbf{bl}}\left[j1\right]$ and ${\mathbf{bu}}\left[j1\right]$. 
The meaning of the printout for general constraints is the same as that given above for variables, with ‘variable’ replaced by ‘constraint’, and with the following change in the heading:
LCon 
the name (L) and index $\mathit{j}$, for $\mathit{j}=1,2,\dots ,{m}_{\mathit{lin}}$ of the constraint. 
12.3.1
Output of results via a userdefined printing function
You may also specify your own print function for output of iteration results and the final solution by use of the ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_fun}}$ function pointer, which has prototype
void (*print_fun)(const Nag_Search_State *st, Nag_Comm *comm);
The rest of this section can be skipped if you wish to use the default printing facilities.
When a userdefined function is assigned to
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_fun}}$ this will be called in preference to the internal print function of
e04mfc. Calls to the userdefined function are again controlled by means of the
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_level}}$ member. Information is provided through
st and
comm, the two structure arguments to
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_fun}}$.
If $\mathbf{comm}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{it\_prt}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ then the results from the last iteration of e04mfc are set in the following members of st:
 first – Nag_Boolean

Nag_TRUE on the first call to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_fun}}$.
 iter – Integer

The number of iterations performed.
 n – Integer

The number of variables.
 nclin – Integer

The number of linear constraints.
 jdel – Integer

Index of constraint deleted.
 jadd – Integer

Index of constraint added.
 step – double

The step taken along the current search direction.
 ninf – Integer

The number of infeasibilities.
 f – double

The value of the current objective function.
 bnd – Integer

Number of bound constraints in the working set.
 lin – Integer

Number of general linear constraints in the working set.
 nart – Integer

Number of artificial constraints in the working set.
 nrz – Integer

Number of columns of ${Z}_{r}$.
 norm_gz – double

Euclidean norm of the reduced gradient, $\Vert {Z}_{r}^{\mathrm{T}}{g}_{fr}\Vert $.
 nopt – Integer

Number of nonoptimal Lagrange multipliers.
 min_lm – double

Value of the Lagrange multiplier associated with the deleted constraint.
 condt – double

A lower bound on the condition number of the working set.
 x – double *

x points to the
n memory locations holding the current point
$x$.
 ax – double *

${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ax}}$ points to the
nclin memory locations holding the current values
$Ax$.
 state – Integer *

${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{state}}$ points to the
${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ memory locations holding the status of the variables and general linear constraints. See
Section 12.2 for a description of the possible status values.
 t – double *

The upper triangular matrix $T$ with $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{lin}$ columns. Matrix element $i,j$ is held in $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{t}\left[\left(i1\right)*\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{tdt}+j1\right]$.
 tdt – Integer

The trailing dimension for $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{t}$.
If $\mathbf{comm}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{new\_lm}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ then the Lagrange multipliers have been updated and the following members are set:
 kx – Integer *

Indices of the bound constraints with associated multipliers. Value of $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{kx}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]$ is the index of the constraint with multiplier $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{lambda}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]$, for $\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{bnd}$.
 kactive – Integer *

Indices of the linear constraints with associated multipliers. Value of $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{kactive}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]$ is the index of the constraint with multiplier $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{lambda}\left[\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{bnd}+\mathit{i}1\right]$, for $\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{lin}$.
 lambda – double *

The multipliers for the constraints in the working set. ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{lambda}}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]$, for $\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{bnd}$ hold the multipliers for the bound constraints while the multipliers for the linear constraints are held at indices $i1=\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{bnd},\dots ,\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{bnd}+\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{lin}$.
 gq – double *

$\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{gq}\left[\mathit{i}1\right]$, for $\mathit{i}=1,2,\dots ,\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{nart}$ hold the multipliers for the artificial constraints.
The following members of st are also relevant and apply when $\mathbf{comm}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{it\_prt}$ or $\mathbf{comm}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{new\_lm}$ is Nag_TRUE.
 refactor – Nag_Boolean

Nag_TRUE if iterative refinement performed. See
Section 11.3 and optional parameter
${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}$.
 jmax – Integer

If $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{refactor}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ then $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{jmax}$ holds the index of the constraint with the maximum violation.
 errmax – double

If $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{refactor}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ then $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{errmax}$ holds the value of the maximum violation.
 moved – Nag_Boolean

Nag_TRUE if some variables moved to their bounds. See the optional parameter ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{reset\_ftol}}$.
 nmoved – Integer

If $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{moved}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ then $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{nmoved}$ holds the number of variables which were moved to their bounds.
 rowerr – Nag_Boolean

Nag_TRUE if some constraints are not satisfied to within ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ftol}}$.
 feasible – Nag_Boolean

Nag_TRUE when a feasible point has been found.
If $\mathbf{comm}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{sol\_prt}=\mathrm{Nag\_TRUE}$ then the final result from e04mfc is available and the following members of st are set:
 iter – Integer

The number of iterations performed.
 n – Integer

The number of variables.
 nclin – Integer

The number of linear constraints.
 x – double *

x points to the
n memory locations holding the final point
$x$.
 f – double *

The final objective function value or, if $x$ is not feasible, the sum of infeasibilities. If the problem is of type ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{prob}}=\mathrm{Nag\_FP}$ and $x$ is feasible then $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{f}$ is set to zero.
 ax – double *

${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{ax}}$ points to the
nclin memory locations holding the final values
$Ax$.
 state – Integer *

$\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{state}$ points to the
${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ memory locations holding the final status of the variables and general linear constraints. See
Section 12.2 for a description of the possible status values.
 lambda – double *

$\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{lambda}$ points to the ${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ final values of the Lagrange multipliers.
 bl – double *

bl points to the
${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ lower bound values.
 bu – double *

bu points to the
${\mathbf{n}}+{\mathbf{nclin}}$ upper bound values.
 endstate – Nag_EndState

The state of termination of
e04mfc. Possible values of
$\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{endstate}$ and their correspondence to the exit value of
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}$ are:
Value of $\mathbf{st}\mathbf{\to}\mathbf{endstate}$ 
Value of ${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}$ 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Feasible}$ and $\mathrm{Nag\_Optimal}$ 
NE_NOERROR 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Weakmin}$ 
NW_SOLN_NOT_UNIQUE 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Unbounded}$ 
NE_UNBOUNDED 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Infeasible}$ 
NW_NOT_FEASIBLE 
$\mathrm{Nag\_Too\_Many\_Iter}$ 
NW_TOO_MANY_ITER 
The relevant members of the structure
comm are:
 it_prt – Nag_Boolean

Will be Nag_TRUE when the print function is called with the result of the current iteration.
 sol_prt – Nag_Boolean

Will be Nag_TRUE when the print function is called with the final result.
 new_lm – Nag_Boolean

Will be Nag_TRUE when the Lagrange multipliers have been updated.
 user – double
 iuser – Integer
 p – Pointer

Pointers for communication of user information. If used they must be allocated memory either before entry to e04mfc or during a call to ${\mathbf{options}}\mathbf{.}{\mathbf{print\_fun}}$. The type Pointer will be void * with a C compiler that defines void *.