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Set the factor by which a search pattern can be expanded


Alias: none

Argument(s): INTEGER

Default: 5


In general, pattern search methods can expand and contract their step lengths. SCOLIB pattern search methods contract the step length by the value contraction_factor, and they expand the step length by the value (1/contraction_factor). The expand_after_success control specifies how many successful objective function improvements must occur with a specific step length prior to expansion of the step length, whereas the no_expansion flag instructs the algorithm to forgo pattern expansion altogether.