In this paper, piecewise linear upper and lower bounds for univariate convex functions are derived that are only based on function value information. These upper and lower bounds can be used to approximate univariate convex functions. Furthermore, new Sandwich algo- rithms are proposed, that iteratively add new input data points in a systematic way, until a desired accuracy of the approximation is obtained. We show that our new algorithms that use only function-value evaluations converge quadratically under certain conditions on the derivatives. Under other conditions, linear convergence can be shown. Some numeri- cal examples, including a Strategic investment model, that illustrate the usefulness of the algorithm, are given.
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Name||CentER Discussion Paper|
- Sandwich algorithm