genetic algorithmsIn the strict sense these methods are not optimization methods at all because they do not guarantee neither optimality nor a certain quality of the solution.
In contrast, deterministic methods are based on progressive and rigorous reduction of the solution space until the global solution has been determined with a pre-given accuracy. Deterministic methods may be classified as:
primal-dual methodsAlthough, at present the application of deterministic global optimization algorithms seems to be limited to smaller size problems, say, less than 2,000 variables, the field is growing, and depending on the problem it might be worthwile to give it a try.
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