October  2013, 9(4): 983-1001. doi: 10.3934/jimo.2013.9.983

On constraint qualifications: Motivation, design and inter-relations

1. 

Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695, United States

2. 

Department of Industrial and System Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695

3. 

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084

Received  February 2013 Revised  March 2013 Published  August 2013

Constraint qualification (CQ) is an important concept in nonlinear programming. This paper investigates the motivation of introducing constraint qualifications in developing KKT conditions for solving nonlinear programs and provides a geometric meaning of constraint qualifications. A unified framework of designing constraint qualifications by imposing conditions to equate the so-called ``locally constrained directions" to certain subsets of ``tangent directions" is proposed. Based on the inclusion relations of the cones of tangent directions, attainable directions, feasible directions and interior constrained directions, constraint qualifications are categorized into four levels by their relative strengths. This paper reviews most, if not all, of the commonly seen constraint qualifications in the literature, identifies the categories they belong to, and summarizes the inter-relationship among them. The proposed framework also helps design new constraint qualifications of readers' specific interests.
Citation: Ziteng Wang, Shu-Cherng Fang, Wenxun Xing. On constraint qualifications: Motivation, design and inter-relations. Journal of Industrial & Management Optimization, 2013, 9 (4) : 983-1001. doi: 10.3934/jimo.2013.9.983
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J. Abadie, On the Kuhn-Tucker theorem,, in, (1967), 19.

[2]

R. Andreani, G. Haeser, M. L. Schuverdt and P. J. S. Silva, A relaxed constant positive linear dependence constraint qualification and applications,, Mathematical Programming, 135 (2012), 255. doi: 10.1007/s10107-011-0456-0.

[3]

R. Andreani, J. M. Martinez and M. L. Schuverdt, On the relation between constant positive linear dependence condition and quasinormality constraint qualification,, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 125 (2005), 473. doi: 10.1007/s10957-004-1861-9.

[4]

K. J. Arrow, L. Hurwicz and H. Uzawa, Constraint qualifications in maximization problems,, Naval Research Logistics Quarterly, 8 (1961), 175. doi: 10.1002/nav.3800080206.

[5]

M. S. Bazaraa, J. J. Goode and C. M. Shetty, Constraint qualifications revisited,, Management Science, 18 (1972), 567. doi: 10.1287/mnsc.18.9.567.

[6]

M. S. Bazaraa, H. D. Sherali and C. M. Shetty, "Nonlinear Programming: Theory and Algorithms,", $3^{rd}$ edition, (2006). doi: 10.1002/0471787779.

[7]

D. P. Bertsekas, "Nonlinear Programming,", $2^{nd}$ edition, (1999).

[8]

D. P. Bertsekas, A. Nedić and A. E. Ozdaglar, "Convex Analysis and Optimization,", Athena Scientific, (2003).

[9]

D. P. Bertsekas and A. E. Ozdaglar, Pseudonormality and a Lagrange multiplier theory for constrained optimization,, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 114 (2002), 287. doi: 10.1023/A:1016083601322.

[10]

J. M. Borwein and H. Wolkowicz, A simple constraint qualification in infinite dimensional programming,, Mathematical Programming, 35 (1986), 83. doi: 10.1007/BF01589443.

[11]

M. Canon, C. Cullum and E. Polak, Constrained minimization problems in finite-dimensional spaces,, SIAM Journal on Control, 4 (1966), 528. doi: 10.1137/0304041.

[12]

R. W. Cottle, A theorem of Fritz John in mathematical programming,, RAND Memorandum RM-3858-PR, (1963).

[13]

W. Fenchel, "Convex Cones, Sets and Functions,", Princeton University Press, (1953).

[14]

D. Gale, "The Theory of Linear Economic Models,", McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1960).

[15]

G. Giorgi and A. Guerraggio, On the notion of tangent cone in mathematical programming,, Optimization, 25 (1992), 11. doi: 10.1080/02331939208843804.

[16]

F. J. Gould and J. W. Tolle, A necessary and sufficient qualification for constrained optimization,, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 20 (1971), 164. doi: 10.1137/0120021.

[17]

F. J. Gould and J. W. Tolle, Geometry of optimality conditions and constraint qualifications,, Mathematical Programming, 2 (1972), 1. doi: 10.1007/BF01584534.

[18]

M. Gowda and M. Teboulle, A comparison of constraint qualifications in infinite-dimensional convex programming,, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 28 (1990), 925. doi: 10.1137/0328051.

[19]

M. Guignard, Generalized Kuhn-Tucker conditions for mathematical programming problems in a Banach space,, SIAM Journal on Control, 7 (1969), 232. doi: 10.1137/0307016.

[20]

M. R. Hestenes, "Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory,", John Wiley & Sons, (1966).

[21]

M. R. Hestenes, "Optimization Theory: The Finite Dimensional Case,", Pure and Applied Mathematics, (1975).

[22]

L. Hurwicz, Programming in linear spaces,, in, (1958), 38.

[23]

R. Janin, Directional derivative of the marginal function in nonlinear programming. Sensitivity, stability and parametric analysis,, Mathematical Programming Studies, 21 (1984), 110. doi: 10.1007/BFb0121214.

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C. Ma, X. Li, K. F. C. Yiu, Y. Yang and L. Zhang, On an exact penalty function method for semi-infinite programming problems,, Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, 8 (2012), 705. doi: 10.3934/jimo.2012.8.705.

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O. L. Mangasarian, "Nonlinear Programming,", McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1969).

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A. E. Ozdaglar and D. P. Bertsekas, The relation between pseudonormality and quasiregularity in constrained optimization,, Optimization Methods and Software, 19 (2004), 493. doi: 10.1080/10556780410001709420.

[38]

D. W. Peterson, A review of constraint qualifications in finite-dimensional spaces,, SIAM Review, 15 (1973), 639. doi: 10.1137/1015075.

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L. Qi and Z. Wei, On the constant positive linear dependence condition and its application to SQP methods,, SIAM Journal on Optimization, 10 (2000), 963. doi: 10.1137/S1052623497326629.

[40]

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R. T. Rockafellar, Lagrange multipliers and optimality,, SIAM Review, 35 (1993), 183. doi: 10.1137/1035044.

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R. T. Rockafellar and R. J. B. Wets, "Variational Analysis,", Grundlehren der Mathematischen Wissenschaften [Fundamental Principles of Mathematical Sciences], 317 (1998). doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-02431-3.

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M. Slater, Lagrange multipliers revisited,, Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 80, (1950).

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M. V. Solodov, Constraint qualifications,, in, (2010). doi: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms0978.

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P. Varaiya, Nonlinear programming in Banach space,, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 15 (1967), 284. doi: 10.1137/0115028.

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W. I. Zangwill, "Nonlinear Programming: A Unified Approach,", Prentice-Hall International Series in Management, (1969).

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