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Optimization Theory and Methods

Nonlinear Programming

  • Provides a systematic introduction to optimization theory, using recent research results, and includes several powerful methods

  • Deals concurrently with both theory and algorithms of optimization

  • Offers methods honed in more than 10 years’ experience in teaching and research

  • Follows a straightforward path from concept to practice


Part of the Springer Optimization and Its Applications book series (SOIA, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Pages 1-70
  3. Pages 71-117
  4. Pages 119-173
  5. Pages 203-301
  6. Pages 411-453
  7. Pages 455-492
  8. Pages 597-635
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 637-687

About this book


This book, a result of the authors’ teaching and research experience in various universities and institutes over the past ten years, can be used as a textbook for an optimization course for graduates and senior undergraduates. It systematically describes optimization theory and several powerful methods, including recent results. For most methods, the authors discuss an idea’s motivation, study the derivation, establish the global and local convergence, describe algorithmic steps, and discuss the numerical performance. The book deals with both theory and algorithms of optimization concurrently. It also contains an extensive bibliography with 366 references. Finally, apart from its use for teaching, Optimization Theory and Methods is also very beneficial for doing research.


This book is intended for senior students, graduates, teachers, and researchers in optimization, operations research, computational mathematics, applied mathematics, and some engineering and economics. It will also be useful for scientists in engineering and economics.


Quasi-Newton method algorithms computer-aided design (CAD) linear optimization model nonlinear optimization optimization programming quadratic programming

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Nanjing Normal UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Chinese Academy of ScienceBeijingChina

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From the reviews:

"The book contains a comprehensive presentation of methods for unconstrained and constrained optimization problems. … The main strength of the book is the precise convergence analysis of most nonlinear programming algorithms presented, and it is especially comprehensive for line search, Newton, quasi-Newton, trust region and SQP methods. In this respect the book is a very valuable reference." (Darinka Dentcheva, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2007 c)

"Optimization is a subject that is widely and increasingly used in science, engineering, economics, management, industry, and other areas. … The book is self-contained, systematic in theory and algorithms, and easy to read. … The book also contains an extensive … bibliography with 366 references, which is an important part of the book, and is useful to readers for further studies. Each chapter ends with an exercise set." (Alexandr B. Vasil’ev, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1129 (7), 2008)