Nonlinear augmented Lagrangian and duality theory

C. Y. Wang, Xiaoqi Yang, X. M. Yang

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In this paper, a unified framework of a nonlinear augmented Lagrangian dual problem is investigated for the primal problem of minimizing an extended real-valued function by virtue of a nonlinear augmenting penalty function. Our framework is more general than the ones in the literature in the sense that our nonlinear augmenting penalty function is defined on an open set and that our assumptions are presented in terms of a substitution of the dual variable, so our scheme includes barrier penalty functions and the weak peak at zero property as special cases. By assuming that the increment of the nonlinear augmenting penalty function with respect to the penalty parameter satisfies a generalized peak at zero property, necessary and sufficient conditions for the zero duality gap property are established and the existence of an exact penalty representation is obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)740-760
Number of pages21
JournalMathematics of Operations Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013


  • Exact penalty representation
  • Generalized peak at zero
  • Nonlinear augmented Lagrangian
  • Zero duality gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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