Mathematical Programming

, Volume 147, Issue 1–2, pp 253–276 | Cite as

The divergence of the BFGS and Gauss Newton methods

  • Walter F. Mascarenhas
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We present examples of divergence for the BFGS and Gauss Newton methods. These examples have objective functions with bounded level sets and other properties concerning the examples published recently in this journal, like unit steps and convexity along the search lines. As these other examples, the iterates, function values and gradients in the new examples fit into the general formulation in our previous work Mascarenhas (Comput Appl Math 26(1), 2007), which also presents an example of divergence for Newton’s method.

Mathematics Subject Classification

49M37 90C30 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Matemática e EstatísticaUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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