In this paper, the existence of an optimal path and its convergence to the optimal set of a primal problem of minimizing an extended real-valued function are established via a generalized augmented Lagrangian and corresponding generalized augmented Lagrangian problems, in which no convexity is imposed on the augmenting function. These results further imply a zero duality gap property between the primal problem and the generalized augmented Lagrangian dual problem. A necessary and sufficient condition for the exact penalty representation in the framework of a generalized augmented Lagrangian is obtained. In the context of constrained programs, we show that generalized augmented Lagrangians present a unified approach to several classes of exact penalization results. Some equivalence among exact penalization results are obtained.
- Constrained program
- Exact penalty function
- Generalized augmented Lagrangian
- Nonlinear Lagrangian
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Management Science and Operations Research