Robust regression in statistics leads to challenging optimization problems. Here, we study one such problem, in which the objective is non-smooth, non-convex and expensive to calculate. We study the numerical performance of several derivative-free optimization algorithms with the aim of computing robust multivariate estimators. Our experiences demonstrate that the existing algorithms often fail to deliver optimal solutions. We introduce three new methods that use Powell's derivative-free algorithm. The proposed methods are reliable and can be used when processing very large data sets containing outliers.
Field of Research
080109 Pattern Recognition and Data Mining 080204 Mathematical Software
Socio Economic Objective
970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences