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E04NKF/E04NKA

Note:  before using this routine, please read the Users' Note for your implementation to check the interpretation of bold italicised terms and other implementation-dependent details.
Note: this routine uses optional parameters to define choices in the problem specification and in the details of the algorithm. If you wish to use default settings for all of the optional parameters, you need only read Sections 1 to 10 of this document. If, however, you wish to reset some or all of the settings please refer to Section 11 for a detailed description of the algorithm, to Section 12 for a detailed description of the specification of the optional parameters and to Section 13 for a detailed description of the monitoring information produced by the routine.

 Contents

    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy

1  Purpose

E04NKF/E04NKA solves sparse linear programming or convex quadratic programming problems.
E04NKA is a version of E04NKF that has additional arguments in order to make it safe for use in multithreaded applications (see Section 5). The initialization routine E04WBF must have been called before calling E04NKA.

2  Specification

2.1  Specification for E04NKF

SUBROUTINE E04NKF ( N, M, NNZ, IOBJ, NCOLH, QPHX, A, HA, KA, BL, BU, START, NAMES, NNAME, CRNAME, NS, XS, ISTATE, MINIZ, MINZ, NINF, SINF, OBJ, CLAMDA, IZ, LENIZ, Z, LENZ, IFAIL)
INTEGER  N, M, NNZ, IOBJ, NCOLH, HA(NNZ), KA(N+1), NNAME, NS, ISTATE(N+M), MINIZ, MINZ, NINF, IZ(LENIZ), LENIZ, LENZ, IFAIL
REAL (KIND=nag_wp)  A(NNZ), BL(N+M), BU(N+M), XS(N+M), SINF, OBJ, CLAMDA(N+M), Z(LENZ)
CHARACTER(1)  START
CHARACTER(8)  NAMES(5), CRNAME(NNAME)
EXTERNAL  QPHX

2.2  Specification for E04NKA

SUBROUTINE E04NKA ( N, M, NNZ, IOBJ, NCOLH, QPHX, A, HA, KA, BL, BU, START, NAMES, NNAME, CRNAME, NS, XS, ISTATE, MINIZ, MINZ, NINF, SINF, OBJ, CLAMDA, IZ, LENIZ, Z, LENZ, IUSER, RUSER, LWSAV, IWSAV, RWSAV, IFAIL)
INTEGER  N, M, NNZ, IOBJ, NCOLH, HA(NNZ), KA(N+1), NNAME, NS, ISTATE(N+M), MINIZ, MINZ, NINF, IZ(LENIZ), LENIZ, LENZ, IUSER(*), IWSAV(380), IFAIL
REAL (KIND=nag_wp)  A(NNZ), BL(N+M), BU(N+M), XS(N+M), SINF, OBJ, CLAMDA(N+M), Z(LENZ), RUSER(*), RWSAV(285)
LOGICAL  LWSAV(20)
CHARACTER(1)  START
CHARACTER(8)  NAMES(5), CRNAME(NNAME)
EXTERNAL  QPHX
Before calling E04NKA, or either of the option setting routines E04NLA or E04NMA, E04WBF must be called. The specification for E04WBF is:
SUBROUTINE E04WBF ( RNAME, CWSAV, LCWSAV, LWSAV, LLWSAV, IWSAV, LIWSAV, RWSAV, LRWSAV, IFAIL)
INTEGER  LCWSAV, LLWSAV, IWSAV(LIWSAV), LIWSAV, LRWSAV, IFAIL
REAL (KIND=nag_wp)  RWSAV(LRWSAV)
LOGICAL  LWSAV(LLWSAV)
CHARACTER(*)  RNAME
CHARACTER(80)  CWSAV(LCWSAV)
E04WBF should be called with RNAME='E04NKA'. LCWSAV, LLWSAV, LIWSAV and LRWSAV, the declared lengths of CWSAV, LWSAV, IWSAV and RWSAV respectively, must satisfy:
The contents of the arrays CWSAV, LWSAV, IWSAV and RWSAV must not be altered between calling routines E04NKA, E04NLA, E04NMA and E04WBF.

3  Description

E04NKF/E04NKA is designed to solve a class of quadratic programming problems that are assumed to be stated in the following general form:
minimize xRn fx   subject to   l x Ax u, (1)
where x is a set of variables, A is an m by n matrix and the objective function fx may be specified in a variety of ways depending upon the particular problem to be solved. The optional parameter Maximize may be used to specify an alternative problem in which fx is maximized. The possible forms for fx are listed in Table 1, in which the prefixes FP, LP and QP stand for ‘feasible point’, ‘linear programming’ and ‘quadratic programming’ respectively, c is an n-element vector and H is the n by n second-derivative matrix 2fx (the Hessian matrix).
Problem type Objective function fx Hessian matrix H
FP Not applicable Not applicable
LP cTx Not applicable
QP cTx+12xTHx Symmetric positive semidefinite
Table 1
For LP and QP problems, the unique global minimum value of fx is found. For FP problems, fx is omitted and the routine attempts to find a feasible point for the set of constraints. For QP problems, you must also provide a subroutine that computes Hx for any given vector x. (H need not be stored explicitly.) If H is the zero matrix, the routine will still solve the resulting LP problem; however, this can be accomplished more efficiently by setting NCOLH=0 (see Section 5).
The defining feature of a convex QP problem is that the matrix H must be positive semidefinite, i.e., it must satisfy xTHx0 for all x. Otherwise, fx is said to be nonconvex and it may be more appropriate to call E04UGF/E04UGA instead.
E04NKF/E04NKA is intended to solve large-scale linear and quadratic programming problems in which the constraint matrix A is sparse (i.e., when the number of zero elements is sufficiently large that it is worthwhile using algorithms which avoid computations and storage involving zero elements). The routine also takes advantage of sparsity in c. (Sparsity in H can be exploited in the subroutine that computes Hx.) For problems in which A can be treated as a dense matrix, it is usually more efficient to use E04MFF/E04MFA, E04NCF/E04NCA or E04NFF/E04NFA.
The upper and lower bounds on the m elements of Ax are said to define the general constraints of the problem. Internally, E04NKF/E04NKA converts the general constraints to equalities by introducing a set of slack variables s, where s=s1,s2,,smT. For example, the linear constraint 52x1+3x2+ is replaced by 2x1+3x2-s1=0, together with the bounded slack 5s1+. The problem defined by (1) can therefore be re-written in the following equivalent form:
minimizexRn,sRm fx   subject to   Ax-s=0,  l x s u.  
Since the slack variables s are subject to the same upper and lower bounds as the elements of Ax, the bounds on Ax and x can simply be thought of as bounds on the combined vector x,s. (In order to indicate their special role in QP problems, the original variables x are sometimes known as ‘column variables’, and the slack variables s are known as ‘row variables’.)
Each LP or QP problem is solved using an active-set method. This is an iterative procedure with two phases: a feasibility phase, in which the sum of infeasibilities is minimized to find a feasible point; and an optimality phase, in which fx is minimized by constructing a sequence of iterations that lies within the feasible region.
A constraint is said to be active or binding at x if the associated element of either x or Ax is equal to one of its upper or lower bounds. Since an active constraint in Ax has its associated slack variable at a bound, the status of both simple and general upper and lower bounds can be conveniently described in terms of the status of the variables x,s. A variable is said to be nonbasic if it is temporarily fixed at its upper or lower bound. It follows that regarding a general constraint as being active is equivalent to thinking of its associated slack as being nonbasic.
At each iteration of an active-set method, the constraints Ax-s=0 are (conceptually) partitioned into the form
BxB+SxS+NxN=0,  
where xN consists of the nonbasic elements of x,s and the basis matrix B is square and nonsingular. The elements of xB and xS are called the basic and superbasic variables respectively; with xN they are a permutation of the elements of x and s. At a QP solution, the basic and superbasic variables will lie somewhere between their upper or lower bounds, while the nonbasic variables will be equal to one of their bounds. At each iteration, xS is regarded as a set of independent variables that are free to move in any desired direction, namely one that will improve the value of the objective function (or sum of infeasibilities). The basic variables are then adjusted in order to ensure that x,s continues to satisfy Ax-s=0. The number of superbasic variables (nS say) therefore indicates the number of degrees of freedom remaining after the constraints have been satisfied. In broad terms, nS is a measure of how nonlinear the problem is. In particular, nS will always be zero for FP and LP problems.
If it appears that no improvement can be made with the current definition of B, S and N, a nonbasic variable is selected to be added to S, and the process is repeated with the value of nS increased by one. At all stages, if a basic or superbasic variable encounters one of its bounds, the variable is made nonbasic and the value of nS is decreased by one.
Associated with each of the m equality constraints Ax-s=0 is a dual variable πi. Similarly, each variable in x,s has an associated reduced gradient dj (also known as a reduced cost). The reduced gradients for the variables x are the quantities g-ATπ, where g is the gradient of the QP objective function; and the reduced gradients for the slack variables s are the dual variables π. The QP subproblem is optimal if dj0 for all nonbasic variables at their lower bounds, dj0 for all nonbasic variables at their upper bounds and dj=0 for all superbasic variables. In practice, an approximate QP solution is found by slightly relaxing these conditions on dj (see the description of the optional parameter Optimality Tolerance).
The process of computing and comparing reduced gradients is known as pricing (a term first introduced in the context of the simplex method for linear programming). To ‘price’ a nonbasic variable xj means that the reduced gradient dj associated with the relevant active upper or lower bound on xj is computed via the formula dj=gj-aTπ, where aj is the jth column of A -I . (The variable selected by such a process and the corresponding value of dj (i.e., its reduced gradient) are the quantities +S and dj in the monitoring file output; see Section 13.) If A has significantly more columns than rows (i.e., nm), pricing can be computationally expensive. In this case, a strategy known as partial pricing can be used to compute and compare only a subset of the dj's.
E04NKF/E04NKA is based on SQOPT, which is part of the SNOPT package described in Gill et al. (2002), which in turn utilizes routines from the MINOS package (see Murtagh and Saunders (1995)). It uses stable numerical methods throughout and includes a reliable basis package (for maintaining sparse LU factors of the basis matrix B), a practical anti-degeneracy procedure, efficient handling of linear constraints and bounds on the variables (by an active-set strategy), as well as automatic scaling of the constraints. Further details can be found in Section 11.

4  References

Fourer R (1982) Solving staircase linear programs by the simplex method Math. Programming 23 274–313
Gill P E and Murray W (1978) Numerically stable methods for quadratic programming Math. Programming 14 349–372
Gill P E, Murray W and Saunders M A (2002) SNOPT: An SQP Algorithm for Large-scale Constrained Optimization 12 979–1006 SIAM J. Optim.
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1987) Maintaining LU factors of a general sparse matrix Linear Algebra and its Applics. 88/89 239–270
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1989) A practical anti-cycling procedure for linearly constrained optimization Math. Programming 45 437–474
Gill P E, Murray W, Saunders M A and Wright M H (1991) Inertia-controlling methods for general quadratic programming SIAM Rev. 33 1–36
Hall J A J and McKinnon K I M (1996) The simplest examples where the simplex method cycles and conditions where EXPAND fails to prevent cycling Report MS 96–100 Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Edinburgh
Murtagh B A and Saunders M A (1995) MINOS 5.4 users' guide Report SOL 83-20R Department of Operations Research, Stanford University

5  Arguments

1:     N – INTEGERInput
On entry: n, the number of variables (excluding slacks). This is the number of columns in the linear constraint matrix A.
Constraint: N1.
2:     M – INTEGERInput
On entry: m, the number of general linear constraints (or slacks). This is the number of rows in A, including the free row (if any; see IOBJ).
Constraint: M1.
3:     NNZ – INTEGERInput
On entry: the number of nonzero elements in A.
Constraint: 1NNZN×M.
4:     IOBJ – INTEGERInput
On entry: if IOBJ>0, row IOBJ of A is a free row containing the nonzero elements of the vector c appearing in the linear objective term cTx.
If IOBJ=0, there is no free row, i.e., the problem is either an FP problem (in which case IOBJ must be set to zero), or a QP problem with c=0.
Constraint: 0IOBJM.
5:     NCOLH – INTEGERInput
On entry: nH, the number of leading nonzero columns of the Hessian matrix H. For FP and LP problems, NCOLH must be set to zero.
Constraint: 0NCOLHN.
6:     QPHX – SUBROUTINE, supplied by the NAG Library or the user.External Procedure
For QP problems, you must supply a version of QPHX to compute the matrix product Hx. If H has zero rows and columns, it is most efficient to order the variables x= yz T  so that
Hx= H10 00 y z = H1y 0 ,  
where the nonlinear variables y appear first as shown. For FP and LP problems, QPHX will never be called by E04NKF/E04NKA and hence QPHX may be the dummy routine E04NKU/E54NKU.
The specification of QPHX for E04NKF is:
SUBROUTINE QPHX ( NSTATE, NCOLH, X, HX)
INTEGER  NSTATE, NCOLH
REAL (KIND=nag_wp)  X(NCOLH), HX(NCOLH)
The specification of QPHX for E04NKA is:
SUBROUTINE QPHX ( NSTATE, NCOLH, X, HX, IUSER, RUSER)
INTEGER  NSTATE, NCOLH, IUSER(*)
REAL (KIND=nag_wp)  X(NCOLH), HX(NCOLH), RUSER(*)
1:     NSTATE – INTEGERInput
On entry: if NSTATE=1, E04NKF/E04NKA is calling QPHX for the first time. This argument setting allows you to save computation time if certain data must be read or calculated only once.
If NSTATE2, E04NKF/E04NKA is calling QPHX for the last time. This argument setting allows you to perform some additional computation on the final solution. In general, the last call to QPHX is made with NSTATE=2+IFAIL (see Section 6).
Otherwise, NSTATE=0.
2:     NCOLH – INTEGERInput
On entry: this is the same argument NCOLH as supplied to E04NKF/E04NKA.
3:     XNCOLH – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: the first NCOLH elements of the vector x.
4:     HXNCOLH – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayOutput
On exit: the product Hx.
Note: the following are additional arguments for specific use with E04NKA. Users of E04NKF therefore need not read the remainder of this description.
5:     IUSER* – INTEGER arrayUser Workspace
6:     RUSER* – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayUser Workspace
QPHX is called with the arguments IUSER and RUSER as supplied to E04NKF/E04NKA. You should use the arrays IUSER and RUSER to supply information to QPHX.
QPHX must either be a module subprogram USEd by, or declared as EXTERNAL in, the (sub)program from which E04NKF/E04NKA is called. Arguments denoted as Input must not be changed by this procedure.
7:     ANNZ – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: the nonzero elements of A, ordered by increasing column index. Note that elements with the same row and column indices are not allowed.
8:     HANNZ – INTEGER arrayInput
On entry: HAi must contain the row index of the nonzero element stored in Ai, for i=1,2,,NNZ. Note that the row indices for a column may be supplied in any order.
Constraint: 1HAiM, for i=1,2,,NNZ.
9:     KAN+1 – INTEGER arrayInput
On entry: KAj must contain the index in A of the start of the jth column, for j=1,2,,N. KAN+1 must be set to NNZ+1. To specify the jth column as empty, set KAj=KAj+1. As a consequence KA1 is always 1.
Constraints:
  • KA1=1;
  • KAj1, for j=2,3,,N;
  • KAN+1=NNZ+1;
  • 0KAj+1-KAjM, for j=1,2,,N.
10:   BLN+M – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: l, the lower bounds for all the variables and general constraints, in the following order. The first N elements of BL must contain the bounds on the variables x, and the next M elements the bounds for the general linear constraints Ax (or slacks s) and the free row (if any). To specify a nonexistent lower bound (i.e., lj=-), set BLj-bigbnd, where bigbnd is the value of the optional parameter Infinite Bound Size. To specify the jth constraint as an equality, set BLj=BUj=β, say, where β<bigbnd. Note that the lower bound corresponding to the free row must be set to - and stored in BLN+IOBJ.
Constraint: if IOBJ>0, BLN+IOBJ-bigbnd
(See also the description for BU.)
11:   BUN+M – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: u, the upper bounds for all the variables and general constraints, in the following order. The first N elements of BU must contain the bounds on the variables x, and the next M elements the bounds for the general linear constraints Ax (or slacks s) and the free row (if any). To specify a nonexistent upper bound (i.e., uj=+), set BUjbigbnd. Note that the upper bound corresponding to the free row must be set to + and stored in BUN+IOBJ.
Constraints:
  • if IOBJ>0, BUN+IOBJbigbnd;
  • BLjBUj, for j=1,2,,N+M;
  • if BLj=BUj=β, β<bigbnd.
12:   START – CHARACTER(1)Input
On entry: indicates how a starting basis is to be obtained.
START='C'
An internal Crash procedure will be used to choose an initial basis matrix B.
START='W'
A basis is already defined in ISTATE (probably from a previous call).
Constraint: START='C' or 'W'.
13:   NAMES5 – CHARACTER(8) arrayInput
On entry: a set of names associated with the so-called MPSX form of the problem, as follows:
NAMES1
Must contain the name for the problem (or be blank).
NAMES2
Must contain the name for the free row (or be blank).
NAMES3
Must contain the name for the constraint right-hand side (or be blank).
NAMES4
Must contain the name for the ranges (or be blank).
NAMES5
Must contain the name for the bounds (or be blank).
(These names are used in the monitoring file output; see Section 13.)
14:   NNAME – INTEGERInput
On entry: the number of column (i.e., variable) and row names supplied in CRNAME.
NNAME=1
There are no names. Default names will be used in the printed output.
NNAME=N+M
All names must be supplied.
Constraint: NNAME=1 or N+M.
15:   CRNAMENNAME – CHARACTER(8) arrayInput
On entry: the optional column and row names, respectively.
If NNAME=1, CRNAME is not referenced and the printed output will use default names for the columns and rows.
If NNAME=N+M, the first N elements must contain the names for the columns and the next M elements must contain the names for the rows. Note that the name for the free row (if any) must be stored in CRNAMEN+IOBJ.
16:   NS – INTEGERInput/Output
On entry: nS, the number of superbasics. For QP problems, NS need not be specified if START='C', but must retain its value from a previous call when START='W'. For FP and LP problems, NS need not be initialized.
On exit: the final number of superbasics. This will be zero for FP and LP problems.
17:   XSN+M – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput/Output
On entry: the initial values of the variables and slacks x,s. (See the description for ISTATE.)
On exit: the final values of the variables and slacks x,s.
18:   ISTATEN+M – INTEGER arrayInput/Output
On entry: if START='C', the first N elements of ISTATE and XS must specify the initial states and values, respectively, of the variables x. (The slacks s need not be initialized.) An internal Crash procedure is then used to select an initial basis matrix B. The initial basis matrix will be triangular (neglecting certain small elements in each column). It is chosen from various rows and columns of A -I . Possible values for ISTATEj are as follows:
ISTATEj State of XSj during Crash procedure
0 or 1 Eligible for the basis
2 Ignored
3 Eligible for the basis (given preference over 0 or 1)
4 or 5 Ignored
If nothing special is known about the problem, or there is no wish to provide special information, you may set ISTATEj=0 and XSj=0.0, for j=1,2,,N. All variables will then be eligible for the initial basis. Less trivially, to say that the jth variable will probably be equal to one of its bounds, set ISTATEj=4 and XSj=BLj or ISTATEj=5 and XSj=BUj as appropriate.
Following the Crash procedure, variables for which ISTATEj=2 are made superbasic. Other variables not selected for the basis are then made nonbasic at the value XSj if BLjXSjBUj, or at the value BLj or BUj closest to XSj.
If START='W', ISTATE and XS must specify the initial states and values, respectively, of the variables and slacks x,s. If E04NKF/E04NKA has been called previously with the same values of N and M, ISTATE already contains satisfactory information.
Constraints:
  • if START='C', 0ISTATEj5, for j=1,2,,N;
  • if START='W', 0ISTATEj3, for j=1,2,,N+M.
On exit: the final states of the variables and slacks x,s. The significance of each possible value of ISTATEj is as follows:
ISTATEj State of variable j Normal value of XSj
0 Nonbasic BLj
1 Nonbasic BUj
2 Superbasic Between BLj and BUj
3 Basic Between BLj and BUj
If NINF=0, basic and superbasic variables may be outside their bounds by as much as the value of the optional parameter Feasibility Tolerance. Note that unless the Scale Option=0 is specified, the optional parameter Feasibility Tolerance applies to the variables of the scaled problem. In this case, the variables of the original problem may be as much as 0.1 outside their bounds, but this is unlikely unless the problem is very badly scaled.
Very occasionally some nonbasic variables may be outside their bounds by as much as the optional parameter Feasibility Tolerance, and there may be some nonbasic variables for which XSj lies strictly between its bounds.
If NINF>0, some basic and superbasic variables may be outside their bounds by an arbitrary amount (bounded by SINF if Scale Option=0).
19:   MINIZ – INTEGEROutput
On exit: the minimum value of LENIZ required to start solving the problem. If IFAIL=12, E04NKF/E04NKA may be called again with LENIZ suitably larger than MINIZ. (The bigger the better, since it is not certain how much workspace the basis factors need.)
20:   MINZ – INTEGEROutput
On exit: the minimum value of LENZ required to start solving the problem. If IFAIL=13, E04NKF/E04NKA may be called again with LENZ suitably larger than MINZ. (The bigger the better, since it is not certain how much workspace the basis factors need.)
21:   NINF – INTEGEROutput
On exit: the number of infeasibilities. This will be zero if IFAIL=0 or 1.
22:   SINF – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the sum of infeasibilities. This will be zero if NINF=0. (Note that E04NKF/E04NKA does not attempt to compute the minimum value of SINF if IFAIL=3.)
23:   OBJ – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the value of the objective function.
If NINF=0, OBJ includes the quadratic objective term 12xTHx (if any).
If NINF>0, OBJ is just the linear objective term cTx (if any).
For FP problems, OBJ is set to zero.
24:   CLAMDAN+M – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayOutput
On exit: a set of Lagrange multipliers for the bounds on the variables and the general constraints. More precisely, the first N elements contain the multipliers (reduced costs) for the bounds on the variables, and the next M elements contain the multipliers (shadow prices) for the general linear constraints.
25:   IZLENIZ – INTEGER arrayWorkspace
26:   LENIZ – INTEGERInput
On entry: the dimension of the array IZ as declared in the (sub)program from which E04NKF/E04NKA is called.
Constraint: LENIZ1.
27:   ZLENZ – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayWorkspace
28:   LENZ – INTEGERInput
On entry: the dimension of the array Z as declared in the (sub)program from which E04NKF/E04NKA is called.
Constraint: LENZ1.
The amounts of workspace provided (i.e., LENIZ and LENZ) and required (i.e., MINIZ and MINZ) are (by default for E04NKF) output on the current advisory message unit NADV (as defined by X04ABF). Since the minimum values of LENIZ and LENZ required to start solving the problem are returned in MINIZ and MINZ, respectively, you may prefer to obtain appropriate values from the output of a preliminary run with LENIZ and LENZ set to 1. (E04NKF/E04NKA will then terminate with IFAIL=12.)
29:   IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output
Note: for E04NKA, IFAIL does not occur in this position in the argument list. See the additional arguments described below.
On entry: IFAIL must be set to 0, -1​ or ​1. If you are unfamiliar with this argument you should refer to Section 3.4 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value -1​ or ​1 is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value 1 is recommended. Otherwise, because for this routine the values of the output arguments may be useful even if IFAIL0 on exit, the recommended value is -1. When the value -1​ or ​1 is used it is essential to test the value of IFAIL on exit.
On exit: IFAIL=0 unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).
E04NKF/E04NKA returns with IFAIL=0 if the reduced gradient (Norm rg; see Section 9.1) is negligible, the Lagrange multipliers (Lagr Mult; see Section 9.1) are optimal and x satisfies the constraints to the accuracy requested by the value of the optional parameter Feasibility Tolerance (default value=max10-6,ε, where ε is the machine precision).
Note: the following are additional arguments for specific use with E04NKA. Users of E04NKF therefore need not read the remainder of this description.
29:   IUSER* – INTEGER arrayUser Workspace
30:   RUSER* – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayUser Workspace
IUSER and RUSER are not used by E04NKF/E04NKA, but are passed directly to QPHX and should be used to pass information to this routine.
31:   LWSAV20 – LOGICAL arrayCommunication Array
32:   IWSAV380 – INTEGER arrayCommunication Array
33:   RWSAV285 – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayCommunication Array
The arrays LWSAV, IWSAV and RWSAV must not be altered between calls to any of the routines E04NKA, E04NLA, E04NMA or E04WBF.
34:   IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output
Note: see the argument description for IFAIL above.

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

If on entry IFAIL=0 or -1, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by X04AAF).
Note: E04NKF/E04NKA may return useful information for one or more of the following detected errors or warnings.
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
IFAIL=1
Weak solution found. The final x is not unique, although x gives the global minimum value of the objective function.
IFAIL=2
The problem is unbounded (or badly scaled). The objective function is not bounded below in the feasible region.
IFAIL=3
The problem is infeasible. The general constraints cannot all be satisfied simultaneously to within the value of the optional parameter Feasibility Tolerance (default value=max10-6,ε, where ε is the machine precision).
IFAIL=4
Too many iterations. The value of the optional parameter Iteration Limit (default value=max50,5n+m) is too small.
IFAIL=5
The reduced Hessian matrix ZTHZ (see Section 11.2) exceeds its assigned dimension. The value of the optional parameter Superbasics Limit (default value=minnH+1,n) is too small.
IFAIL=6
The Hessian matrix H appears to be indefinite. This sometimes occurs because the values of the optional parameters LU Factor Tolerance (default value=100.0) and LU Update Tolerance (default value=10.0) are too large. Check also that QPHX has been coded correctly and that all relevant elements of Hx have been assigned their correct values.
IFAIL=7
An input argument is invalid.
IFAIL=8
Numerical error in trying to satisfy the general constraints. The basis is very ill-conditioned.
IFAIL=9
Not enough integer workspace for the basis factors. Increase LENIZ and rerun E04NKF/E04NKA.
IFAIL=10
Not enough real workspace for the basis factors. Increase LENZ and rerun E04NKF/E04NKA.
IFAIL=11
The basis is singular after 15 attempts to factorize it (adding slacks where necessary). Either the problem is badly scaled or the value of the optional parameter LU Factor Tolerance (default value=100.0) is too large.
IFAIL=12
Not enough integer workspace to start solving the problem. Increase LENIZ to at least MINIZ and rerun E04NKF/E04NKA.
IFAIL=13
Not enough real workspace to start solving the problem. Increase LENZ to at least MINZ and rerun E04NKF/E04NKA.
IFAIL=-99
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please contact NAG.
See Section 3.9 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
IFAIL=-399
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 3.8 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
IFAIL=-999
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 3.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.

7  Accuracy

E04NKF/E04NKA implements a numerically stable active-set strategy and returns solutions that are as accurate as the condition of the problem warrants on the machine.

8  Parallelism and Performance

E04NKF/E04NKA makes calls to BLAS and/or LAPACK routines, which may be threaded within the vendor library used by this implementation. Consult the documentation for the vendor library for further information.
Please consult the X06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this routine. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.

9  Further Comments

This section contains a description of the printed output.

9.1  Description of the Printed Output

This section describes the intermediate printout and final printout produced by E04NKF/E04NKA. The intermediate printout is a subset of the monitoring information produced by the routine at every iteration (see Section 13). You can control the level of printed output (see the description of the optional parameter Print Level). Note that the intermediate printout and final printout are produced only if Print Level10 (the default for E04NKF, by default no output is produced by E04NKA).
The following line of summary output (<80 characters) is produced at every iteration. In all cases, the values of the quantities printed are those in effect on completion of the given iteration.
Itn is the iteration count.
Step is the step taken along the computed search direction.
Ninf is the number of violated constraints (infeasibilities). This will be zero during the optimality phase.
Sinf/Objective is the value of the current objective function. If x is not feasible, Sinf gives the sum of the magnitudes of constraint violations. If x is feasible, Objective is the value of the objective function. The output line for the final iteration of the feasibility phase (i.e., the first iteration for which Ninf is zero) will give the value of the true objective at the first feasible point.
During the optimality phase, the value of the objective function will be nonincreasing. During the feasibility phase, the number of constraint infeasibilities will not increase until either a feasible point is found, or the optimality of the multipliers implies that no feasible point exists.
Norm rg is dS, the Euclidean norm of the reduced gradient (see Section 11.3). During the optimality phase, this norm will be approximately zero after a unit step. For FP and LP problems, Norm rg is not printed.
The final printout includes a listing of the status of every variable and constraint.
The following describes the printout for each variable. A full stop (.) is printed for any numerical value that is zero.
Variable gives the name of the variable. If NNAME=1, a default name is assigned to the jth variable, for j=1,2,,n. If NNAME=N+M, the name supplied in CRNAMEj is assigned to the jth variable.
State gives the state of the variable (LL if nonbasic on its lower bound, UL if nonbasic on its upper bound, EQ if nonbasic and fixed, FR if nonbasic and strictly between its bounds, BS if basic and SBS if superbasic).
A key is sometimes printed before State. Note that unless the optional parameter Scale Option=0 (default value=2) is specified, the tests for assigning a key are applied to the variables of the scaled problem.
A Alternative optimum possible. The variable is nonbasic, but its reduced gradient is essentially zero. This means that if the variable were allowed to start moving away from its bound, there would be no change in the value of the objective function. The values of the other free variables might change, giving a genuine alternative solution. However, if there are any degenerate variables (labelled D), the actual change might prove to be zero, since one of them could encounter a bound immediately. In either case, the values of the Lagrange multipliers might also change.
D Degenerate. The variable is basic or superbasic, but it is equal (or very close) to one of its bounds.
I Infeasible. The variable is basic or superbasic and is currently violating one of its bounds by more than the value of the Feasibility Tolerance.
N Not precisely optimal. The variable is nonbasic or superbasic. If the value of the reduced gradient for the variable exceeds the value of the optional parameter Optimality Tolerance, the solution would not be declared optimal because the reduced gradient for the variable would not be considered negligible.
Value is the value of the variable at the final iteration.
Lower Bound is the lower bound specified for the variable. None indicates that BLj-bigbnd.
Upper Bound is the upper bound specified for the variable. None indicates that BUjbigbnd.
Lagr Mult is the Lagrange multiplier for the associated bound. This will be zero if State is FR. If x is optimal, the multiplier should be non-negative if State is LL, non-positive if State is UL and zero if State is BS or SBS.
Residual is the difference between the variable Value and the nearer of its (finite) bounds BLj and BUj. A blank entry indicates that the associated variable is not bounded (i.e., BLj-bigbnd and BUjbigbnd).
The meaning of the printout for linear constraints is the same as that given above for variables, with ‘variable’ replaced by ‘constraint’, n replaced by m, CRNAMEj replaced by CRNAMEn+j, BLj and BUj are replaced by BLn+j and BUn+j respectively, and with the following change in the heading:
Constrnt gives the name of the linear constraint.
Note that movement off a constraint (as opposed to a variable moving away from its bound) can be interpreted as allowing the entry in the Residual column to become positive.
Numerical values are output with a fixed number of digits; they are not guaranteed to be accurate to this precision.

10  Example

This example minimizes the quadratic function fx=cTx+12xTHx, where
c=-200.0,-2000.0,-2000.0,-2000.0,-2000.0,400.0,400.0T  
H= 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2  
subject to the bounds
000x10200 000x22500 400x30800 100x40700 000x51500 000x61500 000x71500  
and to the linear constraints
1500 0.00x1+0.00x2+0.00x3+0.00x4+0.00x5+0.00x6+0.00x7= 2000 15000.15x1+ 0.04x2+ 0.02x3+ 0.04x4+ 0.02x5+ 0.01x6+ 0.03x70060 15000.03x1+ 0.05x2+ 0.08x3+ 0.02x4+ 0.06x5+ 0.01x6 + 0.03x7 0100 15000.02x1+ 0.04x2+ 0.01x3+ 0.02x4+ 0.02x5 + 0.01x6+ 0.03x7 0040 15000.02x1+ 0.03x2 + 0.01x3+ 0.02x4+ 0.01x5 + 0.01x6+ 0.03x70030 1500 0.70x1+ 0.75x2+ 0.80x3+ 0.75x4+ 0.80x5+ 0.97x6 + 0.03x7 2000 0250 0.02x1+ 0.06x2+ 0.08x3+ 0.12x4+ 0.02x5+ 0.01x6+ 0.97x70300  
The initial point, which is infeasible, is
x0=0.0,0.0,0.0,0.0,0.0,0.0,0.0T.  
The optimal solution (to five figures) is
x*=0.0,349.40,648.85,172.85,407.52,271.36,150.02T.  
One bound constraint and four linear constraints are active at the solution. Note that the Hessian matrix H is positive semidefinite.

10.1  Program Text

Note: the following programs illustrate the use of E04NKF and E04NKA.

Program Text (e04nkfe.f90)

Program Text (e04nkae.f90)

10.2  Program Data

Program Data (e04nkfe.d)

Program Data (e04nkae.d)

10.3  Program Results

Program Results (e04nkfe.r)

Program Results (e04nkae.r)

Note: the remainder of this document is intended for more advanced users. Section 11 contains a detailed description of the algorithm which may be needed in order to understand Sections 12 and 13. Section 12 describes the optional parameters which may be set by calls to E04NLF/E04NLA and/or E04NMF/E04NMA. Section 13 describes the quantities which can be requested to monitor the course of the computation.

11  Algorithmic Details

This section contains a detailed description of the method used by E04NKF/E04NKA.

11.1  Overview

E04NKF/E04NKA is based on an inertia-controlling method that maintains a Cholesky factorization of the reduced Hessian (see below). The method is similar to that of Gill and Murray (1978), and is described in detail by Gill et al. (1991). Here we briefly summarise the main features of the method. Where possible, explicit reference is made to the names of variables that are arguments of the routine or appear in the printed output.
The method used has two distinct phases: finding an initial feasible point by minimizing the sum of infeasibilities (the feasibility phase), and minimizing the quadratic objective function within the feasible region (the optimality phase). The computations in both phases are performed by the same subroutines. The two-phase nature of the algorithm is reflected by changing the function being minimized from the sum of infeasibilities (the printed quantity Sinf; see Section 13) to the quadratic objective function (the printed quantity Objective; see Section 13).
In general, an iterative process is required to solve a quadratic program. Given an iterate x,s in both the original variables x and the slack variables s, a new iterate x-,s- is defined by
x- s- = x s +αp, (2)
where the step length α is a non-negative scalar (the printed quantity Step; see Section 13), and p is called the search direction. (For simplicity, we shall consider a typical iteration and avoid reference to the index of the iteration.) Once an iterate is feasible (i.e., satisfies the constraints), all subsequent iterates remain feasible.

11.2  Definition of the Working Set and Search Direction

At each iterate x,s, a working set of constraints is defined to be a linearly independent subset of the constraints that are satisfied ‘exactly’ (to within the value of the optional parameter Feasibility Tolerance). The working set is the current prediction of the constraints that hold with equality at a solution of the LP or QP problem. Let mW denote the number of constraints in the working set (including bounds), and let W denote the associated mW by n+m working set matrix consisting of the mW gradients of the working set constraints.
The search direction is defined so that constraints in the working set remain unaltered for any value of the step length. It follows that p must satisfy the identity
Wp=0. (3)
This characterisation allows p to be computed using any n by nZ full-rank matrix Z that spans the null space of W. (Thus, nZ=n-mW and WZ=0.) The null space matrix Z is defined from a sparse LU factorization of part of W (see (6) and (7)). The direction p will satisfy (3) if
p=ZpZ, (4)
where pZ is any nZ-vector.
The working set contains the constraints Ax-s=0 and a subset of the upper and lower bounds on the variables x,s. Since the gradient of a bound constraint xjlj or xjuj is a vector of all zeros except for ±1 in position j, it follows that the working set matrix contains the rows of A -I  and the unit rows associated with the upper and lower bounds in the working set.
The working set matrix W can be represented in terms of a certain column partition of the matrix A -I  by (conceptually) partitioning the constraints Ax-s=0 so that
BxB+SxS+NxN=0, (5)
where B is a square nonsingular basis and xB, xS and xN are the basic, superbasic and nonbasic variables respectively. The nonbasic variables are equal to their upper or lower bounds at x,s, and the superbasic variables are independent variables that are chosen to improve the value of the current objective function. The number of superbasic variables is nS (the printed quantity Ns; see Section 13). Given values of xN and xS, the basic variables xB are adjusted so that x,s satisfies (5).
If P is a permutation matrix such that A -I P= B S N , then W satisfies
WP= B S N 0 0 IN , (6)
where IN is the identity matrix with the same number of columns as N.
The null space matrix Z is defined from a sparse LU factorization of part of W. In particular, Z is maintained in ‘reduced gradient’ form, using the LUSOL package (see Gill et al. (1991)) to maintain sparse LU factors of the basis matrix B that alters as the working set W changes. Given the permutation P, the null space basis is given by
Z=P -B-1S I 0 . (7)
This matrix is used only as an operator, i.e., it is never computed explicitly. Products of the form Zv and ZTg are obtained by solving with B or BT. This choice of Z implies that nZ, the number of ‘degrees of freedom’ at x,s, is the same as nS, the number of superbasic variables.
Let gZ and HZ denote the reduced gradient and reduced Hessian of the objective function:
gZ=ZTg  and  HZ=ZTHZ, (8)
where g is the objective gradient at x,s. Roughly speaking, gZ and HZ describe the first and second derivatives of an nS-dimensional unconstrained problem for the calculation of pZ. (The condition estimator of HZ is the quantity Cond Hz in the monitoring file output; see Section 13.)
At each iteration, an upper triangular factor R is available such that HZ=RTR. Normally, R is computed from RTR=ZTHZ at the start of the optimality phase and then updated as the QP working set changes. For efficiency, the dimension of R should not be excessive (say, nS1000). This is guaranteed if the number of nonlinear variables is ‘moderate’.
If the QP problem contains linear variables, H is positive semidefinite and R may be singular with at least one zero diagonal element. However, an inertia-controlling strategy is used to ensure that only the last diagonal element of R can be zero. (See Gill et al. (1991) for a discussion of a similar strategy for indefinite quadratic programming.)
If the initial R is singular, enough variables are fixed at their current value to give a nonsingular R. This is equivalent to including temporary bound constraints in the working set. Thereafter, R can become singular only when a constraint is deleted from the working set (in which case no further constraints are deleted until R becomes nonsingular).

11.3  Main Iteration

If the reduced gradient is zero, x,s is a constrained stationary point on the working set. During the feasibility phase, the reduced gradient will usually be zero only at a vertex (although it may be zero elsewhere in the presence of constraint dependencies). During the optimality phase, a zero reduced gradient implies that x minimizes the quadratic objective function when the constraints in the working set are treated as equalities. At a constrained stationary point, Lagrange multipliers λ are defined from the equations
WTλ=gx. (9)
A Lagrange multiplier λj corresponding to an inequality constraint in the working set is said to be optimal if λjσ when the associated constraint is at its upper bound, or if λj-σ when the associated constraint is at its lower bound, where σ depends on the value of the optional parameter Optimality Tolerance. If a multiplier is nonoptimal, the objective function (either the true objective or the sum of infeasibilities) can be reduced by continuing the minimization with the corresponding constraint excluded from the working set. (This step is sometimes referred to as ‘deleting’ a constraint from the working set.) If optimal multipliers occur during the feasibility phase but the sum of infeasibilities is nonzero, there is no feasible point and the routine terminates immediately with IFAIL=3 (see Section 6).
The special form (6) of the working set allows the multiplier vector λ, the solution of (9), to be written in terms of the vector
d= g 0 - A -I Tπ= g-ATπ π , (10)
where π satisfies the equations BTπ=gB, and gB denotes the basic elements of g. The elements of π are the Lagrange multipliers λj associated with the equality constraints Ax-s=0. The vector dN of nonbasic elements of d consists of the Lagrange multipliers λj associated with the upper and lower bound constraints in the working set. The vector dS of superbasic elements of d is the reduced gradient gZ in (8). The vector dB of basic elements of d is zero, by construction. (The Euclidean norm of dS and the final values of dS, g and π are the quantities Norm rg, Reduced Gradnt, Obj Gradient and Dual Activity in the monitoring file output; see Section 13.)
If the reduced gradient is not zero, Lagrange multipliers need not be computed and the search direction is given by p=ZpZ (see (7) and (11)). The step length is chosen to maintain feasibility with respect to the satisfied constraints.
There are two possible choices for pZ, depending on whether or not HZ is singular. If HZ is nonsingular, R is nonsingular and pZ in (4) is computed from the equations
RTRpZ=-gZ, (11)
where gZ is the reduced gradient at x. In this case, x,s+p is the minimizer of the objective function subject to the working set constraints being treated as equalities. If x,s+p is feasible, α is defined to be unity. In this case, the reduced gradient at x-,s- will be zero, and Lagrange multipliers are computed at the next iteration. Otherwise, α is set to αM, the step to the ‘nearest’ constraint along p. This constraint is then added to the working set at the next iteration.
If HZ is singular, then R must also be singular, and an inertia-controlling strategy is used to ensure that only the last diagonal element of R is zero. (See Gill et al. (1991) for a discussion of a similar strategy for indefinite quadratic programming.) In this case, pZ satisfies
pZT HZ pZ=0   and   gZT pZ0, (12)
which allows the objective function to be reduced by any step of the form x,s+αp, where α>0. The vector p=ZpZ is a direction of unbounded descent for the QP problem in the sense that the QP objective is linear and decreases without bound along p. If no finite step of the form x,s+αp (where α>0) reaches a constraint not in the working set, the QP problem is unbounded and the routine terminates immediately with IFAIL=2 (see Section 6). Otherwise, α is defined as the maximum feasible step along p and a constraint active at x,s+αp is added to the working set for the next iteration.

11.4  Miscellaneous

If the basis matrix is not chosen carefully, the condition of the null space matrix Z in (7) could be arbitrarily high. To guard against this, the routine implements a ‘basis repair’ feature in which the LUSOL package (see Gill et al. (1991)) is used to compute the rectangular factorization
B S T=LU, (13)
returning just the permutation P that makes PLPT unit lower triangular. The pivot tolerance is set to require PLPTij2, and the permutation is used to define P in (6). It can be shown that Z is likely to be little more than unity. Hence, Z should be well-conditioned regardless of the condition of W. This feature is applied at the beginning of the optimality phase if a potential B-S ordering is known.
The EXPAND procedure (see Gill et al. (1989)) is used to reduce the possibility of cycling at a point where the active constraints are nearly linearly dependent. Although there is no absolute guarantee that cycling will not occur, the probability of cycling is extremely small (see Hall and McKinnon (1996)). The main feature of EXPAND is that the feasibility tolerance is increased at the start of every iteration. This allows a positive step to be taken at every iteration, perhaps at the expense of violating the bounds on x,s by a small amount.
Suppose that the value of the optional parameter Feasibility Tolerance is δ. Over a period of K iterations (where K is the value of the optional parameter Expand Frequency), the feasibility tolerance actually used by the routine (i.e., the working feasibility tolerance) increases from 0.5δ to δ (in steps of 0.5δ/K).
At certain stages the following ‘resetting procedure’ is used to remove small constraint infeasibilities. First, all nonbasic variables are moved exactly onto their bounds. A count is kept of the number of nontrivial adjustments made. If the count is nonzero, the basic variables are recomputed. Finally, the working feasibility tolerance is reinitialized to 0.5δ.
If a problem requires more than K iterations, the resetting procedure is invoked and a new cycle of iterations is started. (The decision to resume the feasibility phase or optimality phase is based on comparing any constraint infeasibilities with δ.)
The resetting procedure is also invoked when the routine reaches an apparently optimal, infeasible or unbounded solution, unless this situation has already occurred twice. If any nontrivial adjustments are made, iterations are continued.
The EXPAND procedure not only allows a positive step to be taken at every iteration, but also provides a potential choice of constraints to be added to the working set. All constraints at a distance α (where ααM) along p from the current point are then viewed as acceptable candidates for inclusion in the working set. The constraint whose normal makes the largest angle with the search direction is added to the working set. This strategy helps keep the basis matrix B well-conditioned.

12  Optional Parameters

Several optional parameters in E04NKF/E04NKA define choices in the problem specification or the algorithm logic. In order to reduce the number of formal arguments of E04NKF/E04NKA these optional parameters have associated default values that are appropriate for most problems. Therefore, you need only specify those optional parameters whose values are to be different from their default values.
The remainder of this section can be skipped if you wish to use the default values for all optional parameters.
The following is a list of the optional parameters available. A full description of each optional parameter is provided in Section 12.1.
Optional parameters may be specified by calling one, or both, of the routines E04NLF/E04NLA and E04NMF/E04NMA before a call to E04NKF/E04NKA.
E04NLF/E04NLA reads options from an external options file, with Begin and End as the first and last lines respectively and each intermediate line defining a single optional parameter. For example,
Begin
  Print Level = 5
End
The call
 CALL E04NLF (IOPTNS, INFORM)
can then be used to read the file on unit IOPTNS. INFORM will be zero on successful exit. E04NLF/E04NLA should be consulted for a full description of this method of supplying optional parameters.
E04NMF/E04NMA can be called to supply options directly, one call being necessary for each optional parameter. For example,
 CALL E04NMF ('Print Level = 5')
E04NMF/E04NMA should be consulted for a full description of this method of supplying optional parameters.
All optional parameters not specified by you are set to their default values. Optional parameters specified by you are unaltered by E04NKF/E04NKA (unless they define invalid values) and so remain in effect for subsequent calls unless altered by you.

12.1  Description of the Optional Parameters

For each option, we give a summary line, a description of the optional parameter and details of constraints.
The summary line contains:
Keywords and character values are case and white space insensitive.
Check FrequencyiDefault =60
Every ith iteration after the most recent basis factorization, a numerical test is made to see if the current solution x,s satisfies the linear constraints Ax-s=0. If the largest element of the residual vector r=Ax-s is judged to be too large, the current basis is refactorized and the basic variables recomputed to satisfy the constraints more accurately. If i<0, the default value is used. If i=0, the value i=99999999 is used and effectively no checks are made.
Crash OptioniDefault =2
Note that this option does not apply when START='W' (see Section 5).
If START='C', an internal Crash procedure is used to select an initial basis from various rows and columns of the constraint matrix A -I . The value of i determines which rows and columns are initially eligible for the basis, and how many times the Crash procedure is called. If i=0, the all-slack basis B=-I is chosen. If i=1, the Crash procedure is called once (looking for a triangular basis in all rows and columns of the linear constraint matrix A). If i=2, the Crash procedure is called twice (looking at any equality constraints first followed by any inequality constraints). If i<0 or i>2, the default value is used.
If i=1​ or ​2, certain slacks on inequality rows are selected for the basis first. (If i=2, numerical values are used to exclude slacks that are close to a bound.) The Crash procedure then makes several passes through the columns of A, searching for a basis matrix that is essentially triangular. A column is assigned to ‘pivot’ on a particular row if the column contains a suitably large element in a row that has not yet been assigned. (The pivot elements ultimately form the diagonals of the triangular basis.) For remaining unassigned rows, slack variables are inserted to complete the basis.
Crash TolerancerDefault =0.1
This value allows the Crash procedure to ignore certain ‘small’ nonzero elements in the constraint matrix A while searching for a triangular basis. For each column of A, if amax is the largest element in the column, other nonzeros in that column are ignored if they are less than (or equal to) amax×r.
When r>0, the basis obtained by the Crash procedure may not be strictly triangular, but it is likely to be nonsingular and almost triangular. The intention is to obtain a starting basis with more column variables and fewer (arbitrary) slacks. A feasible solution may be reached earlier for some problems. If r<0 or r1, the default value is used.
Defaults
This special keyword may be used to reset all optional parameters to their default values.
Expand FrequencyiDefault =10000
This option is part of an anti-cycling procedure (see Section 11.4) designed to allow progress even on highly degenerate problems.
For LP problems, the strategy is to force a positive step at every iteration, at the expense of violating the constraints by a small amount. Suppose that the value of the optional parameter Feasibility Tolerance is δ. Over a period of i iterations, the feasibility tolerance actually used by E04NKF/E04NKA (i.e., the working feasibility tolerance) increases from 0.5δ to δ (in steps of 0.5δ/i).
For QP problems, the same procedure is used for iterations in which there is only one superbasic variable. (Cycling can only occur when the current solution is at a vertex of the feasible region.) Thus, zero steps are allowed if there is more than one superbasic variable, but otherwise positive steps are enforced.
Increasing the value of i helps reduce the number of slightly infeasible nonbasic basic variables (most of which are eliminated during the resetting procedure). However, it also diminishes the freedom to choose a large pivot element (see optional parameter Pivot Tolerance).
If i<0, the default value is used. If i=0, the value i=99999999 is used and effectively no anti-cycling procedure is invoked.
Factorization FrequencyiDefault =100
If i>0, at most i basis changes will occur between factorizations of the basis matrix. For LP problems, the basis factors are usually updated at every iteration. For QP problems, fewer basis updates will occur as the solution is approached. The number of iterations between basis factorizations will therefore increase. During these iterations a test is made regularly according to the value of optional parameter Check Frequency to ensure that the linear constraints Ax-s=0 are satisfied. If necessary, the basis will be refactorized before the limit of i updates is reached. If i0, the default value is used.
Feasibility TolerancerDefault =max10-6,ε
If rε, r defines the maximum acceptable absolute violation in each constraint at a ‘feasible’ point (including slack variables). For example, if the variables and the coefficients in the linear constraints are of order unity, and the latter are correct to about five decimal digits, it would be appropriate to specify r as 10-5. If r<ε, the default value is used.
E04NKF/E04NKA attempts to find a feasible solution before optimizing the objective function. If the sum of infeasibilities cannot be reduced to zero, the problem is assumed to be infeasible. Let Sinf be the corresponding sum of infeasibilities. If Sinf is quite small, it may be appropriate to raise r by a factor of 10 or 100. Otherwise, some error in the data should be suspected. Note that the routine does not attempt to find the minimum value of Sinf.
If the constraints and variables have been scaled (see Scale Option), then feasibility is defined in terms of the scaled problem (since it is more likely to be meaningful).
Infinite Bound SizerDefault =1020
If r>0, r defines the ‘infinite’ bound bigbnd in the definition of the problem constraints. Any upper bound greater than or equal to bigbnd will be regarded as + (and similarly any lower bound less than or equal to -bigbnd will be regarded as -). If r0, the default value is used.
Infinite Step SizerDefault =maxbigbnd,1020
If r>0, r specifies the magnitude of the change in variables that will be considered a step to an unbounded solution. (Note that an unbounded solution can occur only when the Hessian is not positive definite.) If the change in x during an iteration would exceed the value of r, the objective function is considered to be unbounded below in the feasible region. If r0, the default value is used.
Iteration LimitiDefault =max50,5n+m
Iters
Itns
The value of i specifies the maximum number of iterations allowed before termination. Setting i=0 and Print Level>0 means that the workspace needed to start solving the problem will be computed and printed, but no iterations will be performed. If i<0, the default value is used.
List Default for E04NKF =List
Nolist Default for E04NKA =Nolist
Normally each optional parameter specification is printed as it is supplied. Optional parameter Nolist may be used to suppress the printing and optional parameter List may be used to restore printing.
LU Factor Tolerancer1Default =100.0
LU Update Tolerancer2Default =10.0
The values of r1 and r2 affect the stability and sparsity of the basis factorization B=LU, during refactorization and updates respectively. The lower triangular matrix L is a product of matrices of the form
1 0 μ 1  
where the multipliers μ will satisfy μri. The default values of r1 and r2 usually strike a good compromise between stability and sparsity. For large and relatively dense problems, setting r1 and r2 to 25 (say) may give a marked improvement in sparsity without impairing stability to a serious degree.
Note that for band matrices it may be necessary to set r1 in the range 1r1<2 in order to achieve stability. If r1<1 or r2<1, the default value is used.
LU Singularity TolerancerDefault =ε0.67
If r>0, r defines the singularity tolerance used to guard against ill-conditioned basis matrices. Whenever the basis is refactorized, the diagonal elements of U are tested as follows. If ujjr or ujj<r×maxiuij, the jth column of the basis is replaced by the corresponding slack variable. If r0, the default value is used.
Minimize Default
Maximize
This option specifies the required direction of the optimization. It applies to both linear and nonlinear terms (if any) in the objective function. Note that if two problems are the same except that one minimizes fx and the other maximizes -fx, their solutions will be the same but the signs of the dual variables πi and the reduced gradients dj (see Section 11.3) will be reversed.
Monitoring FileiDefault =-1
If i0 and Print Level>0 (see Print Level), monitoring information produced by E04NKF/E04NKA is sent to a file with logical unit number i. If i<0 and/or Print Level=0, the default value is used and hence no monitoring information is produced.
Optimality TolerancerDefault =max10-6,ε
If rε, r is used to judge the size of the reduced gradients dj=gj-πTaj. By definition, the reduced gradients for basic variables are always zero. Optimality is declared if the reduced gradients for any nonbasic variables at their lower or upper bounds satisfy -r×max1,πdjr×max1,π, and if djr×max1,π for any superbasic variables. If r<ε, the default value is used.
Partial PriceiDefault =10
Note that this option does not apply to QP problems.
This option is recommended for large FP or LP problems that have significantly more variables than constraints (i.e., nm). It reduces the work required for each pricing operation (i.e., when a nonbasic variable is selected to enter the basis). If i=1, all columns of the constraint matrix A -I  are searched. If i>1, A and -I are partitioned to give i roughly equal segments Aj,Kj, for j=1,2,,p (modulo p). If the previous pricing search was successful on Aj-1,Kj-1, the next search begins on the segments Aj,Kj. If a reduced gradient is found that is larger than some dynamic tolerance, the variable with the largest such reduced gradient (of appropriate sign) is selected to enter the basis. If nothing is found, the search continues on the next segments Aj+1,Kj+1, and so on. If i0, the default value is used.
Pivot TolerancerDefault =ε0.67
If r>0, r is used to prevent columns entering the basis if they would cause the basis to become almost singular. If r0, the default value is used.
Print LeveliDefault for E04NKF =10
Default for E04NKA =0
The value of i controls the amount of printout produced by E04NKF/E04NKA, as indicated below. A detailed description of the printed output is given in Section 9.1 (summary output at each iteration and the final solution) and Section 13 (monitoring information at each iteration). Note that the summary output will not exceed 80 characters per line and that the monitoring information will not exceed 120 characters per line. If i<0, the default value is used.
The following printout is sent to the current advisory message unit (as defined by X04ABF):
i Output
00 No output.
01 The final solution only.
05 One line of summary output for each iteration (no printout of the final solution).
10 The final solution and one line of summary output for each iteration.
The following printout is sent to the logical unit number defined by the optional parameter Monitoring File:
i Output
00 No output.
01 The final solution only.
05 One long line of output for each iteration (no printout of the final solution).
10 The final solution and one long line of output for each iteration.
20 The final solution, one long line of output for each iteration, matrix statistics (initial status of rows and columns, number of elements, density, biggest and smallest elements, etc.), details of the scale factors resulting from the scaling procedure (if Scale Option=1 or 2 (see the description of the optional parameter Scale Option), basis factorization statistics and details of the initial basis resulting from the Crash procedure (if START='C'; see Section 5).
If Print Level>0 and the unit number defined by optional parameter Monitoring File is the same as that defined by X04ABF, then the summary output is suppressed.
Rank TolerancerDefault =100ε
Scale OptioniDefault =2
This option enables you to scale the variables and constraints using an iterative procedure due to Fourer (1982), which attempts to compute row scales ri and column scales cj such that the scaled matrix coefficients a-ij=aij×cj/ri are as close as possible to unity. This may improve the overall efficiency on some problems. (The lower and upper bounds on the variables and slacks for the scaled problem are redefined as l-j=lj/cj and u-j=uj/cj respectively, where cjrj-n if j>n.)
If i=0, no scaling is performed. If i=1, all rows and columns of the constraint matrix A are scaled. If i=2, an additional scaling is performed that may be helpful when the solution x is large; it takes into account columns of A -I  that are fixed or have positive lower bounds or negative upper bounds. If i<0 or i>2, the default value is used.
Scale TolerancerDefault =0.9
Note that this option does not apply when Scale Option=0.
If 0<r<1, r is used to control the number of scaling passes to be made through the constraint matrix A. At least 3 (and at most 10) passes will be made. More precisely, let ap denote the largest column ratio (i.e., 'biggest'​ element 'smallest'​ element  in some sense) after the pth scaling pass through A. The scaling procedure is terminated if apap-1×r for some p3. Thus, increasing the value of r from 0.9 to 0.99 (say) will probably increase the number of passes through A.
If r0 or r1, the default value is used.
Superbasics LimitiDefault =minnH+1,n
Note that this option does not apply to FP or LP problems.
The value of i specifies ‘how nonlinear’ you expect the QP problem to be. If i0, the default value is used.

13  Description of Monitoring Information

This section describes the intermediate printout and final printout which constitutes the monitoring information produced by E04NKF/E04NKA. (See also the description of the optional parameters Monitoring File and Print Level.) You can control the level of printed output.
When Print Level=5 or 10 and Monitoring File0, the following line of intermediate printout (<120 characters) is produced at every iteration on the unit number specified by optional parameter Monitoring File. Unless stated otherwise, the values of the quantities printed are those in effect on completion of the given iteration.
Itn is the iteration count.
pp is the partial price indicator. The variable selected by the last pricing operation came from the ppth partition of A and -I. Note that pp is reset to zero whenever the basis is refactorized.
dj is the value of the reduced gradient (or reduced cost) for the variable selected by the pricing operation at the start of the current iteration.
+S is the variable selected by the pricing operation to be added to the superbasic set.
-S is the variable chosen to leave the superbasic set.
-BS is the variable removed from the basis (if any) to become nonbasic.
Step is the value of the step length α taken along the current search direction p. The variables x have just been changed to x+αp. If a variable is made superbasic during the current iteration (i.e., +S is positive), Step will be the step to the nearest bound. During the optimality phase, the step can be greater than unity only if the reduced Hessian is not positive definite.
Pivot is the rth element of a vector y satisfying By=aq whenever aq (the qth column of the constraint matrix A-I ) replaces the rth column of the basis matrix B. Wherever possible, Step is chosen so as to avoid extremely small values of Pivot (since they may cause the basis to be nearly singular). In extreme cases, it may be necessary to increase the value of the optional parameter Pivot Tolerance to exclude very small elements of y from consideration during the computation of Step.
Ninf is the number of violated constraints (infeasibilities). This will be zero during the optimality phase.
Sinf/Objective is the value of the current objective function. If x is not feasible, Sinf gives the sum of the magnitudes of constraint violations. If x is feasible, Objective is the value of the objective function. The output line for the final iteration of the feasibility phase (i.e., the first iteration for which Ninf is zero) will give the value of the true objective at the first feasible point.
During the optimality phase, the value of the objective function will be nonincreasing. During the feasibility phase, the number of constraint infeasibilities will not increase until either a feasible point is found, or the optimality of the multipliers implies that no feasible point exists.
L is the number of nonzeros in the basis factor L. Immediately after a basis factorization B=LU, this entry contains lenL. Further nonzeros are added to L when various columns of B are later replaced. (Thus, L increases monotonically.)
U is the number of nonzeros in the basis factor U. Immediately after a basis factorization B=LU, this entry contains lenU. As columns of B are replaced, the matrix U is maintained explicitly (in sparse form). The value of U may fluctuate up or down; in general, it will tend to increase.
Ncp is the number of compressions required to recover workspace in the data structure for U. This includes the number of compressions needed during the previous basis factorization. Normally, Ncp should increase very slowly. If it does not, increase LENIZ and LENZ by at least L+U and rerun E04NKF/E04NKA (possibly using START='W'; see Section 5).
Norm rg is dS, the Euclidean norm of the reduced gradient (see Section 11.3). During the optimality phase, this norm will be approximately zero after a unit step. For FP and LP problems, Norm rg is not printed.
Ns is the current number of superbasic variables. For FP and LP problems, Ns is not printed.
Cond Hz is a lower bound on the condition number of the reduced Hessian (see Section 11.2). The larger this number, the more difficult the problem. For FP and LP
problems, Cond Hz is not printed.
When Print Level20 and Monitoring File0, the following lines of intermediate printout (<120 characters) are produced on the unit number specified by optional parameter Monitoring File whenever the matrix B or BS= B S T is factorized. Gaussian elimination is used to compute an LU factorization of B or BS, where PLPT is a lower triangular matrix and PUQ is an upper triangular matrix for some permutation matrices P and Q. The factorization is stabilized in the manner described under the optional parameter LU Factor Tolerance (default value=100.0).
Factorize is the factorization count.
Demand is a code giving the reason for the present factorization as follows:
Code Meaning
010 First LU factorization.
011 The number of updates reached the value of the optional parameter Factorization Frequency.
012 The number of nonzeros in the updated factors has increased significantly.
017 Not enough storage to update factors.
010 Row residuals too large (see the description for the optional parameter Check Frequency).
011 Ill-conditioning has caused inconsistent results.
Iteration is the iteration count.
Nonlinear is the number of nonlinear variables in the current basis B (not printed if BS is factorized).
Linear is the number of linear variables in B (not printed if BS is factorized).
Slacks is the number of slack variables in B (not printed if BS is factorized).
Elems is the number of nonzeros in B (not printed if BS is factorized).
Density is the percentage nonzero density of B (not printed if BS is factorized). More precisely, Density=100×Elems/Nonlinear+Linear+Slacks2.
Compressns is the number of times the data structure holding the partially factorized matrix needed to be compressed, in order to recover unused workspace. Ideally, it should be zero. If it is more than 3 or 4, increase LENIZ and LENZ and rerun E04NKF/E04NKA (possibly using START='W'; see Section 5).
Merit is the average Markowitz merit count for the elements chosen to be the diagonals of PUQ. Each merit count is defined to be c-1r-1, where c and r are the number of nonzeros in the column and row containing the element at the time it is selected to be the next diagonal. Merit is the average of m such quantities. It gives an indication of how much work was required to preserve sparsity during the factorization.
lenL is the number of nonzeros in L.
lenU is the number of nonzeros in U.
Increase is the percentage increase in the number of nonzeros in L and U relative to the number of nonzeros in B. More precisely, Increase=100×lenL+lenU-Elems/Elems.
m is the number of rows in the problem. Note that m=Ut+Lt+bp.
Ut is the number of triangular rows of B at the top of U.
d1 is the number of columns remaining when the density of the basis matrix being factorized reached 0.3.
Lmax is the maximum subdiagonal element in the columns of L. This will not exceed the value of the optional parameter LU Factor Tolerance.
Bmax is the maximum nonzero element in B (not printed if BS is factorized).
BSmax is the maximum nonzero element in BS (not printed if B is factorized).
Umax is the maximum nonzero element in U, excluding elements of B that remain in U unchanged. (For example, if a slack variable is in the basis, the corresponding row of B will become a row of U without modification. Elements in such rows will not contribute to Umax. If the basis is strictly triangular then none of the elements of B will contribute and Umax will be zero.)
Ideally, Umax should not be significantly larger than Bmax. If it is several orders of magnitude larger, it may be advisable to reset the optional parameter LU Factor Tolerance to some value nearer unity.
Umax is not printed if BS is factorized.
Umin is the magnitude of the smallest diagonal element of PUQ (not printed if BS is factorized).
Growth is the value of the ratio Umax/Bmax, which should not be too large.
Providing Lmax is not large (say, <10.0), the ratio maxBmax,Umax/Umin is an estimate of the condition number of B. If this number is extremely large, the basis is nearly singular and some numerical difficulties might occur. (However, an effort is made to avoid near-singularity by using slacks to replace columns of B that would have made Umin extremely small and the modified basis is refactorized.)
Growth is not printed if BS is factorized.
Lt is the number of triangular columns of B at the left of L.
bp is the size of the ‘bump’ or block to be factorized nontrivially after the triangular rows and columns of B have been removed.
d2 is the number of columns remaining when the density of the basis matrix being factorized has reached 0.6.
When Print Level20 and Monitoring File0, the following lines of intermediate printout (<80 characters) are produced on the unit number specified by optional parameter Monitoring File whenever START='C' (see Section 5). They refer to the number of columns selected by the Crash procedure during each of several passes through A, whilst searching for a triangular basis matrix.
Slacks is the number of slacks selected initially.
Free cols is the number of free columns in the basis, including those whose bounds are rather far apart.
Preferred is the number of ‘preferred’ columns in the basis (i.e., ISTATEj=3 for some jn). It will be a subset of the columns for which ISTATEj=3 was specified.
Unit is the number of unit columns in the basis.
Double is the number of double columns in the basis.
Triangle is the number of triangular columns in the basis.
Pad is the number of slacks used to pad the basis (to make it a nonsingular triangle).
When Print Level20 and Monitoring File0, the following lines of intermediate printout (<80 characters) are produced on the unit number specified by optional parameter Monitoring File. They refer to the elements of the NAMES array (see Section 5).
Name gives the name for the problem (blank if problem unnamed).
Status gives the exit status for the problem (i.e., Optimal soln, Weak soln, Unbounded, Infeasible, Excess itns, Error condn or Feasble soln) followed by details of the direction of the optimization (i.e., (Min) or (Max)).
Objective gives the name of the free row for the problem (blank if objective unnamed).
RHS gives the name of the constraint right-hand side for the problem (blank if objective unnamed).
Ranges gives the name of the ranges for the problem (blank if objective unnamed).
Bounds gives the name of the bounds for the problem (blank if objective unnamed).
When Print Level=1 or 10 and Monitoring File0, the following lines of final printout (<120 characters) are produced on the unit number specified by optional parameter Monitoring File.
Let aj denote the jth column of A, for j=1,2,,n. The following describes the printout for each column (or variable). A full stop (.) is printed for any numerical value that is zero.
Number is the column number j. (This is used internally to refer to xj in the intermediate output.)
Column gives the name of xj.
State gives the state of the variable (LL if nonbasic on its lower bound, UL if nonbasic on its upper bound, EQ if nonbasic and fixed, FR if nonbasic and strictly between its bounds, BS if basic and SBS if superbasic).
A key is sometimes printed before State. Note that unless the optional parameter Scale Option=0 is specified, the tests for assigning a key are applied to the variables of the scaled problem.
A Alternative optimum possible. The variable is nonbasic, but its reduced gradient is essentially zero. This means that if the variable were allowed to start moving away from its bound, there would be no change in the value of the objective function. The values of the other free variables might change, giving a genuine alternative solution. However, if there are any degenerate variables (labelled D), the actual change might prove to be zero, since one of them could encounter a bound immediately. In either case, the values of the Lagrange multipliers might also change.
D Degenerate. The variable is basic or superbasic, but it is equal (or very close) to one of its bounds.
I Infeasible. The variable is basic or superbasic and is currently violating one of its bounds by more than the value of the Feasibility Tolerance.
N Not precisely optimal. The variable is nonbasic or superbasic. If the value of the reduced gradient for the variable exceeds the value of the optional parameter Optimality Tolerance, the solution would not be declared optimal because the reduced gradient for the variable would not be considered negligible.
Activity is the value of xj at the final iterate.
Obj Gradient is the value of gj at the final iterate. For FP problems, gj is set to zero.
Lower Bound is the lower bound specified for the variable. None indicates that BLj-bigbnd.
Upper Bound is the upper bound specified for the variable. None indicates that BUjbigbnd.
Reduced Gradnt is the value of dj at the final iterate (see Section 11.3). For FP problems, dj is set to zero.
m + j is the value of m+j.
Let vi denote the ith row of A, for i=1,2,,m. The following describes the printout for each row (or constraint). A full stop (.) is printed for any numerical value that is zero.
Number is the value of n+i. (This is used internally to refer to si in the intermediate output.)
Row gives the name of νi.
State gives the state of vi (LL if active on its lower bound, UL if active on its upper bound, EQ if active and fixed, BS if inactive when si is basic and SBS if inactive when si is superbasic).
A key is sometimes printed before State. Note that unless the optional parameter Scale Option=0 is specified, the tests for assigning a key are applied to the variables of the scaled problem.
A Alternative optimum possible. The variable is nonbasic, but its reduced gradient is essentially zero. This means that if the variable were allowed to start moving away from its bound, there would be no change in the value of the objective function. The values of the other free variables might change, giving a genuine alternative solution. However, if there are any degenerate variables (labelled D), the actual change might prove to be zero, since one of them could encounter a bound immediately. In either case, the values of the Lagrange multipliers might also change.
D Degenerate. The variable is basic or superbasic, but it is equal (or very close) to one of its bounds.
I Infeasible. The variable is basic or superbasic and is currently violating one of its bounds by more than the value of the Feasibility Tolerance.
N Not precisely optimal. The variable is nonbasic or superbasic. If the value of the reduced gradient for the variable exceeds the value of the optional parameter Optimality Tolerance, the solution would not be declared optimal because the reduced gradient for the variable would not be considered negligible.
Activity is the value of vi at the final iterate.
Slack Activity is the value by which the row differs from its nearest bound. (For the free row (if any), it is set to Activity.)
Lower Bound is the lower bound specified for the variable. None indicates that BLj-bigbnd.
Upper Bound is the upper bound specified for the variable. None indicates that BUjbigbnd.
Dual Activity is the value of the dual variable πi (the Lagrange multiplier for νi; see Section 11.3). For FP problems, πi is set to zero.
i gives the index i of the ith row.
Numerical values are output with a fixed number of digits; they are not guaranteed to be accurate to this precision.

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