Fuzzy heuristics for sequential linear programming

E. L. Mulkay, S. S. Rao

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Numerical implementations of optimization algorithms often use parameters whose values are not strictly determined by the derivation of the algorithm, but must fall in some appropriate range of values. This work describes how fuzzy logic can be used to "control" such parameters to improve algorithm performance. This concept is shown with the use of sequential linear programming (SLP) due to its simplicity in implementation. The algorithm presented in this paper implements heuristics to improve the behavior of SLP based on current iterate values of design constraints and changes in search direction. Fuzzy logic is used to implement the heuristics in a form similar to what a human observer would do. An efficient algorithm, known as the infeasible primal-dual path-following interior-point method, is used for solving the sequence of LP problems. Four numerical examples are presented to show that the proposed SLP algorithm consistently performs better than the standard SLP algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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