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Strategy in which a set of methods synergistically seek an optimal design


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Required/Optional Description of Group Dakota Keyword Dakota Keyword Description
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Hybrid Method Type (Group 1) sequential Methods are run one at a time, in sequence
embedded A subordinate local method provides periodic refinements to a top-level global method
collaborative Multiple methods run concurrently and share information


In a hybrid minimization method (hybrid), a set of methods synergistically seek an optimal design. The relationships among the methods are categorized as:

  • collaborative
  • embedded
  • sequential

The goal in each case is to exploit the strengths of different optimization and nonlinear least squares algorithms at different stages of the minimization process. Global + local hybrids (e.g., genetic algorithms combined with nonlinear programming) are a common example in which the desire for identification of a global optimum is balanced with the need for efficient navigation to a local optimum.