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Steepest-Descent Method

January 01, 2017


Steepest-Descent Method: This chapter introduces the optimization method known as steepest descent (SD), in which the solution is found by searching iteratively along the negative gradient-g direction, the path of steepest descent. Relative to the Newton method for large problems, SD is inexpensive computationally because the Hessian inverse is not needed, but it can suffer from slow convergence with ill-conditioned Hessians because it does not take into account information about curvature. Nevertheless, experience shows that iterative SD with preconditioning and regularization can be quite useful when combined with multiscale methods for solving large seismic inverse problems.

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Seismic Inversion

Gerard T. Schuster
Gerard T. Schuster
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