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Numerical optimization for large scale problems and Stochastic Optimization

01TXDSM, 01TXDNG

A.A. 2022/23

Course Language

Inglese

Course degree

Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Data Science And Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Ingegneria Matematica - Torino

Course structure
Teaching Hours
Lezioni 30
Esercitazioni in aula 35
Esercitazioni in laboratorio 15
Teachers
Teacher Status SSD h.Les h.Ex h.Lab h.Tut Years teaching
Pieraccini Sandra Professore Ordinario MAT/08 30 10 0 0 4
Teaching assistant
Espandi

Context
SSD CFU Activities Area context
MAT/06
MAT/08
2
6
C - Affini o integrative
C - Affini o integrative
Attività formative affini o integrative
Attività formative affini o integrative
2022/23
The course aims at introducing some of the main tools for supporting machine learning algorithms. In particular, the focus will be on the computation of the numerical solution of very large scale nonlinear optimization problems. Both unconstrained and constrained problems will be tackled, describing different methods suitable for the various problems according to their classification (e.g., nonlinear least square problems, quadratic programming problems, purely nonlinear problems...). Foundations of stochastic dynamic programming will be also introduced.
The course aims at introducing some of the main tools for supporting machine learning algorithms. In particular, the focus will be on the computation of the numerical solution of very large scale nonlinear optimization problems. Both unconstrained and constrained problems will be tackled, describing different methods suitable for the various problems according to their classification (e.g., nonlinear least square problems, quadratic programming problems, purely nonlinear problems...). Foundations of stochastic dynamic programming will be also introduced.
Knowledge of the main numerical methods for solving large scale numerical optimization problems, according to the problem type. Ability to choose and correctly apply software for different numerical optimization problems, with a critical investigation of the results obtained.
Knowledge of the main numerical methods for solving large scale numerical optimization problems, according to the problem type. Ability to choose and correctly apply software for different numerical optimization problems, with a critical investigation of the results obtained.
Knowledge of basic linear algebra and calculus, as well as a basic coding ability.
Knowledge of basic linear algebra and calculus, as well as a basic coding ability.
Course syllabus • Convex optimization: - gradient descent method; conjugate gradient method - Numerical differentiation - Newton and quasi-Newton methods - Globalization techniques - Alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) • Constrained optimization: - Interior point methods - Projected gradient method - Active set • Stochastic optimization - Static simulation-based optimization (parametric optimization) - Dynamic simulation-based optimization (control optimization)
Course syllabus • Convex optimization: - gradient descent method; conjugate gradient method - Numerical differentiation - Newton and quasi-Newton methods - Globalization techniques • Constrained optimization: - Optimality conditions - Projected gradient method - Interior point methods - Penalty methods - Alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) • Stochastic optimization - Static simulation-based optimization (parametric optimization) - Dynamic simulation-based optimization (control optimization)
Theoretical lectures and practice classes. Theoretical lectures are devoted to the presentation of the topics, with definitions, properties, introductory examples. The practice classes are devoted to train the students’ abilities to solve problems and exercises and to perform computations and simulations with common tools.
Theoretical lectures and practice classes. Theoretical lectures are devoted to the presentation of the topics, with definitions, properties, and introductory examples. The practice classes are devoted to training the students’ abilities to solve problems and exercises and to perform computations and simulations with common tools.
Slides presented during lesson will be made avalaible through the Portale della Didattica. Other material will be suggested in class and, if possible, made avalaible through the Portale della Didattica. Suggested textbook: J. Nocedal, S. J. Wright, Numerical Optimization, Springer, 2006 A. Gosavi, Simulation-Based Optimization, 2nd edition, Springer, 2015
Slides presented during lesson will be made avalaible through the Portale della Didattica. Other material will be suggested in class and, if possible, made avalaible through the Portale della Didattica. Suggested textbook: J. Nocedal, S. J. Wright, Numerical Optimization, Springer, 2006 A. Gosavi, Simulation-Based Optimization, 2nd edition, Springer, 2015
Modalità di esame: Prova orale obbligatoria; Elaborato scritto prodotto in gruppo;
Exam: Compulsory oral exam; Group essay;
The exam is based on the reports on homeworks assigned during the course and on an oral exam. In detail, three homeworks will be assigned during the course, consisting both in exercises, aimed at evaluating the students in applying the methods presented, and in a practical implementation/application of the methods described during lectures. An oral test will then consist of two parts: a) a discussion of the submitted reports, aimed at testing the depth of the students’ understanding of the subjects and their ability to explain, defend, reflect, critically evaluate, and possibly improve their work; b) a presentation of a topic studied in the course, covering both theoretical aspects and possibly their implementation issues and examples of fields of applications. Grading: the maximum grade for the homework reports, finalized upon the discussion detailed at point (a) above, is of 14 points. The maximum grade for part (b) of the oral test is 18 points. The final course grade is then obtained by summing up the final grades for the reports and the grade for part (b) of the oral test.
Gli studenti e le studentesse con disabilità o con Disturbi Specifici di Apprendimento (DSA), oltre alla segnalazione tramite procedura informatizzata, sono invitati a comunicare anche direttamente al/la docente titolare dell'insegnamento, con un preavviso non inferiore ad una settimana dall'avvio della sessione d'esame, gli strumenti compensativi concordati con l'Unità Special Needs, al fine di permettere al/la docente la declinazione più idonea in riferimento alla specifica tipologia di esame.
Exam: Compulsory oral exam; Group essay;
The exam is in large part based on the reports on homeworks assigned during the course and on an oral exam. In detail, some homeworks will be assigned during the course, consisting both in exercises, aimed at evaluating the students in applying the methods presented, and in a practical implementation/application of the methods described during lectures. The students should present a report on two assignments among those proposed, chosen from different topics. An oral test will then consist of two parts: a) a discussion of the submitted reports, aimed at testing the depth of the students’ understanding of the subjects and their ability to explain, defend, reflect, critically evaluate, and possibly improve their work; b) a discussion on other topics studied in the course, with special focus on (but not limited to) topic not addressed by the homeworks. Both theoretical aspects and implementation issues and examples of fields of applications will be discussed. Grading: the maximum grade for the homework reports, finalized upon the discussion detailed at point (a) above, is 8 points each, thus 16 points in total. The maximum grade for part (b) of the oral test is 16 points. The final course grade is then obtained by summing up the final grades for the reports and the grade for part (b) of the oral test.
In addition to the message sent by the online system, students with disabilities or Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) are invited to directly inform the professor in charge of the course about the special arrangements for the exam that have been agreed with the Special Needs Unit. The professor has to be informed at least one week before the beginning of the examination session in order to provide students with the most suitable arrangements for each specific type of exam.
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