• V. A. Kodnyanko Polytechnic Institute, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation



Unimodal function, dichotomous search, golden section search, economical dichotomous search, monotone function, method speed


Context. The hypothesis about computational redundancy of the dichotomy method used for conditional minimization of
unimodal functions was formulated, and on this basis the idea of the possibility creating a more efficient method was suggested.
Objective. The aim of the work is to develop a technique for eliminating computational redundancy of the dichotomy method
and the creation numerical method of increased speed called the economical dichotomy method. The algorithm and program code
implementing the method are also subjected to development.
Method. The method is based on the unimodality property of the function being minimized, which, under certain conditions,
allows to reduce the number of calculations of the function being optimized, which helps to increase the speed of the economical
Results. The given results of the computational experiment showed that, according to speed, determined by the number of
calculations of the minimized function, the economical method is not less than 1.5 times more efficient than the classical
dichotomous search. This means that, on average, of the three calculations of the minimized function using the dichotomy method,
one is redundant. Compared with the golden section search, which is the fastest method of the cut-off family, and the dichotomous
search, in the average statistical terms, the economical method has approximately 1.3 and 1.7 times faster response, respectively.
That is, the economical method works so many times faster than the golden section search, how many times the latter works faster
than the classical dichotomous search.
Conclusions. These findings make it possible to take a critical look at the well-established notion that the dichotomous search is
the worst of the series methods for cutting off segments. Taking into account the obtained results, the economical method of
dichotomy is noticeably superior in speed to the best of them – the golden section search and can reasonably claim to be a leader in
this series of methods.

Author Biography

V. A. Kodnyanko, Polytechnic Institute, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk

Dr. Sc., Professor


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How to Cite

Kodnyanko, V. A. (2019). ECONOMICAL DICHOTOMOUS SEARCH FOR MINIMIZING ONE-VARIABLE FUNCTIONS. Radio Electronics, Computer Science, Control, (3), 34–39.



Mathematical and computer modelling