Continuous optimization via simulation using Golden Region search

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2009-01-01
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Kabirian, Alireza
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Sigurdur Olafsson
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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering teaches the design, analysis, and improvement of the systems and processes in manufacturing, consulting, and service industries by application of the principles of engineering. The Department of General Engineering was formed in 1929. In 1956 its name changed to Department of Industrial Engineering. In 1989 its name changed to the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.
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Simulation Optimization (SO) is the use of mathematical optimization techniques in which the objective function (and/or constraints) could only be numerically evaluated through simulation. Many of the proposed SO methods in the literature are rooted in or originally developed for deterministic optimization problems with available objective function. We argue that since evaluating the objective function in SO requires a simulation run which is more computationally costly than evaluating an available closed form function, SO methods should be more conservative and careful in proposing new candidate solutions for objective function evaluation. Based on this principle, a new SO approach called Golden Region (GR) search is developed for continuous problems. GR divides the feasible region into a number of (sub) regions and selects one region in each iteration for further search based on the quality and distribution of simulated points in the feasible region and the result of scanning the response surface through a metamodel. The experiments show the GR method is efficient compared to three well-established approaches in the literature. We also prove the convergence in probability to global optimum for a large class of random search methods in general and GR in particular.

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