Improved quasi-newton method via SR1 update for solving symmetric systems of nonlinear equations

Muhammad Kabir Dauda, Mustafa Mamat, Mohamad Afendee Mohamed, Mahammad Yusuf Waziri


The systems of nonlinear equations emerges from many areas of computing, scientific and engineering research applications. A variety of an iterative methods for solving such systems have been developed, this include the famous Newton method. Unfortunately, the Newton method suffers setback, which includes storing  matrix at each iteration and computing Jacobian matrix, which may be difficult or even impossible to compute. To overcome the drawbacks that bedeviling Newton method, a modification to SR1 update was proposed in this study. With the aid of inexact line search procedure by Li and Fukushima, the modification was achieved by simply approximating the inverse Hessian matrix  with an identity matrix without computing the Jacobian. Unlike the classical SR1 method, the modification neither require storing  matrix at each iteration nor needed to compute the Jacobian matrix. In finding the solution to non-linear problems of the form  40 benchmark test problems were solved. A comparison was made with other two methods based on CPU time and number of iterations. In this study, the proposed method solved 37 problems effectively in terms of number of iterations. In terms of CPU time, the proposed method also outperformed the existing methods. The contribution from the methodology yielded a method that is suitable for solving symmetric systems of nonlinear equations. The derivative-free feature of the proposed method gave its advantage to solve relatively large-scale problems (10,000 variables) compared to the existing methods. From the preliminary numerical results, the proposed method turned out to be significantly faster, effective and suitable for solving large scale symmetric nonlinear equations.


SR1, global convergence, nonlinear equations

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