Componentwise Dinkelbach algorithm for nonlinear fractional optimization problems


The paper deals with fractional optimization problems where the objective function (ratio of two functions) is defined on a Cartesian product of two real normed spaces X and Y. Within this framework, we are interested to determine the so-called partial minimizers, i.e. points in \(X\times Y\) with the property that any of its variables minimizes the objective function, restricted to this variable, with respect to the other one. While any global minimizer is obviously a partial minimizer, the reverse implication holds true only under additional assumptions (e.g. separability properties of the involved functions). By exploiting the particularities of the objective function, we deliver a Dinkelbach type algorithm for computing partial minimizers of fractional optimization problems. Further assumptions on the involved spaces and functions, such as Lipschitz-type continuity, partial Fr\'{e}chet differentiability, and coercivity, enable us to establish the convergence of our algorithm to a partial minimizer.


Christian Günther
Institut für Angewandte Mathematik, Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Alexandru Orzan
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Department of Mathematics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Radu Precup
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania &
Tiberiu Popoviciu Institute of Numerical Analysis, Romanian Academy


Fractional optimization; Dinkelbach type algorithm; coercive function; partial minimizer

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