Rosenbrock methods refers to either of two distinct ideas in numerical computation, both named for Howard H. Rosenbrock.
Numerical solution of differential equations
Rosenbrock methods for stiff differential equations are a family of multistep methods for solving ordinary differential equations that contain a wide range of characteristic timescales. They are related to the implicit Runge-Kutta methods and are also known as Kaps-Rentrop methods.
Rosenbrock search is a numerical optimization algorithm applicable to optimization problems in which the objective function is inexpensive to compute and the derivative either does not exist or cannot be computed efficiently. The idea of Rosenbrock search is also used to initialize some root-finding routines, such as fzero (based on Brent's method) in Matlab. Rosenbrock search is a form of derivate-free search but may perform better on functions with sharp ridges. The method often identifies such a ridge which, in many applications, leads to a solution.
- H. H. Rosenbrock, "Some general implicit processes for the numerical solution of differential equations", The Computer Journal (1963) 5(4): 329-330
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- H. H. Rosenbrock, "An Automatic Method for Finding the Greatest or Least Value of a Function", The Computer Journal (1960) 3(3): 175-184
- Leader, Jeffery J. (2004). Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computation. Addison Wesley. ISBN 0-201-73499-0.
- Shoup, T., Mistree, F., Optimization methods: with applications for personal computers, 1987, Prentice Hall, pg. 120