Dakota Reference Manual  Version 6.3
Large-Scale Engineering Optimization and Uncertainty Analysis
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Dakota Reference Manual Documentation

The Dakota (Design Analysis Kit for Optimization and Terascale Applications) toolkit provides a flexible, extensible interface between analysis codes and iteration methods.

Brian M. Adams, Lara E. Bauman, William J. Bohnhoff, Keith R. Dalbey, John P. Eddy, Mohamed S. Ebeida, Michael S. Eldred, Russell W. Hooper, Patricia D. Hough, Kenneth T. Hu, John D. Jakeman, Ahmad Rushdi, Laura P. Swiler, J. Adam Stephens, Dena M. Vigil, Timothy M. Wildey

The Reference Manual documents all the input keywords that can appear in a Dakota input file to configure a Dakota study. Its organization closely mirrors the structure of dakota.input.summary. For more information see Dakota Input Specification. For information on software structure, refer to the Developers Manual [3], and for a tour of Dakota features and capabilities, including a tutorial, refer to the User's Manual (Adams et al., 2010) [5].

How to Use this Manual

To find more information about a specific keyword

  1. Use the search box at the top right (currently only finds keyword names)
  2. Browse the Keywords tree on the left navigation pane
  3. Look at the Dakota Input Specification
  4. Navigate through the keyword pages, starting from the Keywords Area

To find more information about a Dakota related topic

  1. Browse the Topics Area on the left navigation pane
  2. Navigate through the topics pages, starting from the Topics Area

A small number of examples are included (see Sample Input Files) along with a description of the test problems (see Test Problems).

A bibliography for the Reference Manual is provided in Bibliographic References