Ebook
An Introduction to Optimization, 3rd EditionISBN: 9781118211601
608 pages
September 2011

"...an excellent introduction to optimization theory..." (Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 2002)
"A textbook for a onesemester course on optimization theory and methods at the senior undergraduate or beginning graduate level." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)
Explore the latest applications of optimization theory and methods
Optimization is central to any problem involving decision making in many disciplines, such as engineering, mathematics, statistics, economics, and computer science. Now, more than ever, it is increasingly vital to have a firm grasp of the topic due to the rapid progress in computer technology, including the development and availability of userfriendly software, highspeed and parallel processors, and networks. Fully updated to reflect modern developments in the field, An Introduction to Optimization, Third Edition fills the need for an accessible, yet rigorous, introduction to optimization theory and methods.
The book begins with a review of basic definitions and notations and also provides the related fundamental background of linear algebra, geometry, and calculus. With this foundation, the authors explore the essential topics of unconstrained optimization problems, linear programming problems, and nonlinear constrained optimization. An optimization perspective on global search methods is featured and includes discussions on genetic algorithms, particle swarm optimization, and the simulated annealing algorithm. In addition, the book includes an elementary introduction to artificial neural networks, convex optimization, and multiobjective optimization, all of which are of tremendous interest to students, researchers, and practitioners.
Additional features of the Third Edition include:

New discussions of semidefinite programming and Lagrangian algorithms

A new chapter on global search methods

A new chapter on multipleobjective optimization

New and modified examples and exercises in each chapter as well as an updated bibliography containing new references

An updated Instructor's Manual with fully workedout solutions to the exercises
Numerous diagrams and figures found throughout the text complement the written presentation of key concepts, and each chapter is followed by MATLAB exercises and drill problems that reinforce the discussed theory and algorithms. With innovative coverage and a straightforward approach, An Introduction to Optimization, Third Edition is an excellent book for courses in optimization theory and methods at the upperundergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as a useful, selfcontained reference for researchers and professionals in a wide array of fields.
Part I: Mathematical Review.
1. Methods of Proof and Some Notation.
2. Vector Spaces and Matrices.
3. Transformations.
4. Concepts from geometry.
5. Elements of Calculus.
Part II: Unconstrained Optimization.
6. Basics of SetConstrained and Unconstrained Optimization.
7. OneDimensional Search Methods.
8. Gradient Methods.
9. Newton's Method.
10. Conjugate Direction Methods.
11. QuasiNewton Methods.
12. Solving Linear Equations.
13. Unconstrained Optimization and Neural Networks.
14. Global Search Algorithms.
Part III: Linear Programming.
15. Introduction to Linear Programming.
16. Simplex Method.
17. Duality.
18. Nonsimplex Methods.
Part IV: Nonlinear Constrained Optimization
19. Problems with Equality Constraints.
20. Problems with Inequality Constraints.
21. Convex Optimization Problems.
22. Algorithms for Constrained Optimization.
23. Multiobjective Optimization.
References.
Index.
Stanislaw H.Zak, PHD, is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He is the former associate editor of Dynamics and Control and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, and his research interests include control, optimization, nonlinear systems, neural networks, and fuzzy logic control.
 Major topics, including the NelderMead algorithm and the simulated annealing algorithm, have been added to the new edition.
 A new chapter on multiobjective optimization discusses problems with multipleobjective functions and how they are treated; Pareto solutions; and algorithms for multiobjective problems, i.e., genetic algorithms.
 Additional, classtested exercises are included in almost every chapter and some examples use MATLAB.
 The bibliography includes new references.
 The Instructor's Manual has been updated to include fully workedout solutions to each of the new exercises.

This book provides an uptodate, accessible introduction to optimization theory and methods with an emphasis on engineering design

A review of the required mathematical background is provided.

The book reviews basic definitions, notations and relations from linear algebra, geometry and calculus, followed by unconstrained optimization problems.

Existing topics were modified to include improve to the organization of the book and to promote classroom discussion.