Document Type



Master of Science


Industrial Engineering

First Adviser

Curtis, Frank E.


An adaptive augmented Lagrangian algorithm is presented to overcome some undesirable behavior of traditional augmented Lagrangian methods. While the method has previously been proposed in \cite{AAL}, the goal in this thesis is to improve its practical performance. In particular, we propose an active set projected conjugate gradient (ASPCG) method for solving the subproblems of the adaptive augmented Lagrangian algorithm. The proposed ASPCG algorithm first estimates the optimal active set and then performs a projected conjugate gradient method to produce the exact or at least a good approximate solution updating the active set estimate when appropriate. We perform a series of numerical experiments to determine if the proposed algorithm is superior in some critical performance measures to the solver originally implemented in the adaptive augmented Lagrangian algorithm. In addition, we conduct experiments to monitor the performance of the adaptive augmented Lagrangian algorithm when some of its key features are modified.

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