A Spectral Conjugate Gradient Method for Unconstrained Optimization
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A family of scaled conjugate gradient algorithms for large-scale unconstrained minimization is defined. The Perry, the Polak—Ribière and the Fletcher—Reeves formulae are compared using a spectral scaling derived from Raydan's spectral gradient optimization method. The best combination of formula, scaling and initial choice of step-length is compared against well known algorithms using a classical set of problems. An additional comparison involving an ill-conditioned estimation problem in Optics is presented.
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