This book is designed as a textbook, suitable for self-learning or for teaching an upper-year university course on derivative-free and blackbox optimization.
The book is split into 5 parts and is designed to be modular; any individual part depends only on the material in Part I. Part I of the book discusses what is meant by Derivative-Free and Blackbox Optimization, provides background material, and early basics while Part II focuses on heuristic methods (Genetic Algorithms and Nelder-Mead). Part III presents direct search methods (Generalized Pattern Search and Mesh Adaptive Direct Search) and Part IV focuses on model-based methods (Simplex Gradient and Trust Region). Part V discusses dealing with constraints, using surrogates, and bi-objective optimization.
End of chapter exercises are included throughout as well as 15 end of chapter projects and over 40 figures. Benchmarking techniques are also presented in the appendix.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Number of pages: 302
Weight: 6613 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2017
"The authors present a comprehensive textbook being an introduction to blackbox and derivative- free optimization. ... The book is for sure a necessary position for students of mathematics, IT or engineering that would like to explore the subject of blackbox and derivative-free optimization. Also the researchers in the area of optimization could treat it as an introductory reading. Finally, the book would be also a good choice for practitionners dealing with such kind of problems." (Marcin Anholcer, zbMATH 1391.90001, 2018)