Development of modal interval algorithm for solving continuous minimax problems

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While there are a large variety of effective methods developed for solving more traditional minimization problems, much less success has been reported in solving the minimax problem minu∈Umaxv∈Vf(u,v) where U×V is a fixed domain in Rn. Most of the existing work deal with a discrete V or even a finite V. Continuous minimax problems can be applied to engineering, finance and other fields. Sainz in 2008 proposed a modal interval algorithm based on their semantic extensions to solve continuous minimax problems. We developed an improved algorithm using modal intervals to solve unconstrained continuous minimax problems. A new interval method is introduced by taking advantage of both the original minimax problem and its dual problem. After theoretical analysis of major issues, the new algorithm is implemented in the framework of uniform partition of the search domain. Various improvement techniques including more bisecting choices, sampling methods and deletion conditions are applied to make the new method more powerful. Preliminary numerical results provide promising evidence of its effectiveness.

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