# lbfgs.m

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This function calculates the quasi-Newton update with the gradient history, giving the search direction. Based on the BFGS algorithm, this limited-memory BFGS (L-BFGS) algorithm stores only few vectors that implicitly represent the approximation of the BFGS algorithm (which stores a matrix equal to the number of optimisation variables)

## Syntax

direction=lbfgs(x_hist,df_hist,grad,N)

## Description

This function is the implementation from section 4 of http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-1980-0572855-7

## Arguments

x_hist - vector array of waveform history, num_var x size_store df_hist - vector array of gradient history, num_var x size_store grad - vector of the current gradient, (num_vars x 1) N - number of waveform/gradient vectors to store (default=20)

## Returns

direction - the vector giving the BFGS approximation to the search direction

## Notes

The L-BFGS algorithm is the default of fminnewton.m, and should be considered a good mix of computational efficiency and fast convergence.

## See also

quasinewton.m, fminnewton.m, optim_tols.m

*Version 1.9, authors: Ilya Kuprov, David Goodwin*