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2.1 Overview     continued...

For comprehensive presentations on deterministic optimization techniques for multivariate functions, we refer the reader to excellent textbooks [1,4,9,16,22,29,45], some recent volumes and reviews [23,48,59]. The outline in this section is not intended to provide full algorithmic details of all available methods; rather it exposes key algorithmic concepts and modules, so that the reader could consult specialized literature for further details. Further background details can also be obtained from the linear algebra chapter. gif