A Stochastic Homotopy Tracking Algorithm for Parametric Systems of Nonlinear Equations

Wenrui Hao, Chunyue Zheng

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The homotopy continuation method has been widely used in solving parametric systems of nonlinear equations. But it can be very expensive and inefficient due to singularities during the tracking even though both start and end points are non-singular. The current tracking algorithms focus on the adaptivity of the stepsize by estimating the distance to the singularities but cannot avoid these singularities during the tracking. We present a stochastic homotopy tracking algorithm that perturbs the original parametric system randomly each step to avoid the singularities. We then prove that the stochastic solution path introduced by this new method is still closed to the original solution path theoretically. Moreover, several homotopy examples have been tested to show the efficiency of the stochastic homotopy tracking method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number87
JournalJournal of Scientific Computing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Numerical Analysis
  • General Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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