Derivative-free Optimization for Parameter Estimation in Computational Nuclear Physics

TitleDerivative-free Optimization for Parameter Estimation in Computational Nuclear Physics
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSarich, J, Schunck, N, Wild, SM
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P5149-0614
Abstract

We consider optimization problems that arise when estimating a set of unknown parameters from experimental data, particularly in the context of nuclear density functional theory. We examine the cost of not having derivatives of these functionals with respect to the parameters. We show that the POUNDERS code for local derivative-free optimization obtains consistent solutions on a variety of computationally expensive energy density functional calibration problems. We also provide a primer on the operation of the POUNDERS software in the Toolkit for Advanced Optimization.

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