Response Surface Methodology (RSM) searches for the input combination maximizing the output of a real system or its simulation.RSM is a heuristic that locally fits first-order polynomials, and estimates the corresponding steepest ascent (SA) paths.However, SA is scale-dependent; and its step size is selected intuitively.To tackle these two problems, this paper derives novel techniques combining mathematical statistics and mathematical programming.Technique 1 called 'adapted' SA (ASA) accounts for the covariances between the components of the estimated local gradient.ASA is scale-independent.The step-size problem is solved tentatively.Technique 2 does follow the SA direction, but with a step size inspired by ASA.Mathematical properties of the two techniques are derived and interpreted; numerical examples illustrate these properties.The search directions of the two techniques are explored in Monte Carlo experiments.These experiments show that - in general - ASA gives a better search direction than SA.
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|Name||CentER Discussion Paper|
- response surface methodology