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bug #63240: [octave forge] (optim) fmincon error with Hessian

Submitter:  Michael Asam <stromi>
Submitted:  Wed 19 Oct 2022 02:02:23 PM UTC
Category:  Octave Package Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Unexpected Error or Warning
Status:  Confirmed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Michael Asam Open/Closed:  * Open
Release:  * 7.2.0 Operating System:  * Microsoft Windows
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
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Wed 19 Oct 2022 04:36:43 PM UTC, comment #1: 

I can confirm the original bug, so I'm marking this as confirmed.

But the proposed fix of "hook.inverse_hessian = false;" gives a different error for me:

[x, fval, exitflag, output] = fmincon(@objf, x0, [], [], [], [], [], [], @constraints, opt)
error: @<anonymous>: function called with too many inputs
error: called from
    __jacobian_constants__>@<anonymous> at line 135 column 11
    __lm_feasible__ at line 145 column 8
    fmincon at line 457 column 24

Arun Giridhar <arungiridhar>
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Wed 19 Oct 2022 02:02:23 PM UTC, original submission:  

In this example the Hessian H is calculated and given to fmincon:

x0 = [-2; 1];

function [f, gf, H] = objf(x)
   r = x(1).^2 + x(2).^2;
   s = exp(-r);

   f = x(1).*s + r/20;
   gf = [(1-2.*x(1).^2).*s+x(1)./10; -2.*x(1).*x(2).*s+x(2)/10];
   H = [2*x(1)*(2*x(1)^2-3)*s+1/10, 2*x(2)*(2*x(1)^2-1)*s;
        2*x(2)*(2*x(1)^2-1)*s,      2*x(1)*(2*x(2)^2-1)*s+1/10];

function [c,ceq,gc,gceq] = constraints(x)
   c = x(1).*x(2)/2 + (x(1)+2).^2 + (x(2)-2).^2/2 - 2;
   ceq = [];

   % Note that the gradients have to be row-vectors!!!
   gc = [x(2)/2+2*(x(1)+2), x(1)/2+x(2)-2];
   gceq = [];

opt = optimset('GradObj', 'on', 'GradConstr', 'on', 'HessianFcn', 'objective');

[x, fval, exitflag, output] = fmincon(@objf, x0, [], [], [], [], [], [], @constraints, opt)

I get the following error message:

error: structure has no member 'inverse_hessian'
error: called from
    __lm_feasible__ at line 49 column 9
    fmincon at line 457 column 24
    Test_optimization7 at line 29 column 29

If I add "hook.inverse_hessian = false;" after line 434 in fmincon.m

  ## passed function for hessian of objective function
  hook.hessian = f.hessian;
  hook.inverse_hessian = false;

it fixes the problem, but I'm not sure if this is really the correct way to solve it.

Another strange thing is that in contrast to Matlab, the constraint's gradient has to be a row vector. For compatibility it should also accept a column vector. Surprisingly both types are already accepted for the function gradient.

I'm using optim package version 1.6.2.

Michael Asam <stromi>


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