# Category:Optimization algorithms

Category:Optimization algorithms

An optimization algorithm is an algorithm for finding a value x such that f(x) is as small (or as large) as possible, for a given function f, possibly with some constraints on x. Here, x can be a scalar or vector of continuous or discrete values. An algorithm terminates in a finite number of steps with a solution.

An algorithm is a special case of an iterative method, which generally need not converge in a finite number of steps. Instead, an iterative method produces a sequence of iterates from which some subsequence converges to a solution.

Many authors use "algorithm" more broadly for both finitely terminating algorithms and for iterative methods.

## Subcategories

This category has the following 4 subcategories, out of 4 total.

## Pages in category "Optimization algorithms"

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• Very large-scale neighborhood search

### Z

• Zionts–Wallenius method

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