Iterative Topographical Global Optimization

  • Aimo Törn
  • Sami Viitanen
Part of the Nonconvex Optimization and Its Applications book series (NOIA, volume 7)


In topographical global optimization a sample of points that super-uniformly cover the region of interest, A, is used in combination with the function evaluations f(x) in these points to obtain a topographical graph of/on A from which candidate points are easily extracted for local minimizations. This paper discusses some of the problems in obtaining such a cover and presents some solutions. These solutions are based on an iterative use of the topographical method. Several iterations of the topographical algorithm are run and the information gathered is collected into a single graph. Using multiple iterations speeds up the sampling process and also allows using the topographical method for constrained problems.


Global optimization uniform random sampling 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aimo Törn
    • 1
  • Sami Viitanen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceÅbo Akademi UniversityFinland

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