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From "Gilles (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MATH-621) BOBYQA is missing in optimization
Date Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:06:10 GMT

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Gilles commented on MATH-621:
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{quote}
I have written a lot of symmetric matrix code, and it ALWAYS outperforms any Java library
I can find, simply because I use the proper 1D array form of storage.
{quote}

The point is that this issue deals with an optimization algorithm; not how to properly store
a symmetric matrix. Algorithms that _use_ matrices should not have to re-implement matrix
operations.

A matrix represented by a "...Matrix" object certainly will help in understanding what the
BOBYQA code does and how to further adapt it to the Java programming style.

Your knowledge might be a useful contribution (on the "dev" ML) to the discussion on how to
improve the design and efficiency of the various matrix classes. Bringing some of your concrete
arguments could lead to the creation of an efficient "SymmetricMatrix" to be used in this
algorithm.


> BOBYQA is missing in optimization
> ---------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MATH-621
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MATH-621
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>    Affects Versions: 3.0
>            Reporter: Dr. Dietmar Wolz
>             Fix For: 3.0
>
>         Attachments: BOBYQA.math.patch, BOBYQA.v02.math.patch, BOBYQAOptimizer.java.patch,
BOBYQAOptimizer0.4.zip, bobyqa.zip, bobyqa_convert.pl, bobyqaoptimizer0.4.zip, bobyqav0.3.zip
>
>   Original Estimate: 8h
>  Remaining Estimate: 8h
>
> During experiments with space flight trajectory optimizations I recently
> observed, that the direct optimization algorithm BOBYQA
> http://plato.asu.edu/ftp/other_software/bobyqa.zip
> from Mike Powell is significantly better than the simple Powell algorithm
> already in commons.math. It uses significantly lower function calls and is
> more reliable for high dimensional problems. You can replace CMA-ES in many
> more application cases by BOBYQA than by the simple Powell optimizer.
> I would like to contribute a Java port of the algorithm.
> I maintained the structure of the original FORTRAN code, so the
> code is fast but not very nice.
> License status: Michael Powell has sent the agreement via snail mail
> - it hasn't arrived yet.
> Progress: The attached patch relative to the trunk contains both the
> optimizer and the related unit tests - which are all green now.  
> Performance:
> Performance difference (number of function evaluations)
> PowellOptimizer / BOBYQA for different test functions (taken from
> the unit test of BOBYQA, dimension=13 for most of the
> tests. 
> Rosen = 9350 / 1283
> MinusElli = 118 / 59
> Elli = 223 / 58
> ElliRotated = 8626 / 1379
> Cigar = 353 / 60
> TwoAxes = 223 / 66
> CigTab = 362 / 60
> Sphere = 223 / 58
> Tablet = 223 / 58
> DiffPow = 421 / 928
> SsDiffPow = 614 / 219
> Ackley = 757 / 97
> Rastrigin = 340 / 64
> The number for DiffPow should be dicussed with Michael Powell,
> I will send him the details. 
> Open Problems:
> Some checkstyle violations because of the original Fortran source:
> - Original method comments were copied - doesn't follow javadoc standard
> - Multiple variable declarations in one line as in the original source
> - Problems related to "goto" conversions:
>   "gotos" not convertible in loops were transated into a finite automata (switch statement)
> 	"no default in switch"
> 	"fall through from previos case in switch"
> 	which usually are bad style make no sense here.

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