Note on the End Game in Homotopy Zero Curve Tracking
Watson, Layne T.
Stewart, David E.
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Homotopy algorithms to solve a nonlinear system of equations f(x)=0 involve tracking the zero curve of a homotopy map p(a,theta,x) from theta=0 until theta=1. When the algorithm nears or crosses the hyperplane theta=1, an "end game" phase is begun to compute the solution x(bar) satisfying p(a,theta,x(bar))=f(x(bar))=0. This note compares several end game strategies, including the one implemented in the normal flow code FIXPNF in the homotopy software package HOMPACK.