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Toggle## Descent methods

As the explicit name indicates, the methods of descent, or local search, consist in "sliding" along the objective function until a local optimum is found, that is to say where the descent is no longer possible. There are several kinds of descent method which we will describe here.

## Simple descent

From an initial solution, the simple descent algorithm chooses a neighboring solution better than the current solution, until it cannot make such a choice.

The algorithm is as follows:

S_Oto doS_{(i + 1)}= neighbor (S_{i})iff (S_{(i + 1)}) <f (S_{i}) accept S_{(i + 1)}end ifas long asf (S_{(i + 1)}) <f (S_{i}), whatever S_{(i + 1)}= neighbor (S_{i})returnR_{not}

## Greatest descent

The algorithm is mainly the same as for the simple descent, only a selection criterion of a neighboring solution is modified:

choose s' neighbor of s / f (s') <f (s' ') or f (s') = f (s'') qq is s' 'neighbor of s

We therefore choose the neighboring solution offering the best improvement of the current solution.

## Multi-start descent

Multi-start descent performs multiple instances of the single descent or greater descent problem. The algorithm is as follows:

iter = 1 f (Best) = infinityto doChoose a starting solution s_{O}at random s 0)iff (s) <f(Best) alors Best tant que iter < iterMaxreturnBes