A clustering-based coordinate exchange algorithm for generating G-optimal experimental designs

Moein Saleh, Rong Pan

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In the optimal experimental design literature, the G-optimality is defined as minimizing the maximum prediction variance over the entire experimental design space. Although the G-optimality is a highly desirable property in many applications, there are few computer algorithms developed for constructing G-optimal designs. Some existing methods employ an exhaustive search over all candidate designs, which is time-consuming and inefficient. In this paper, a new algorithm for constructing G-optimal experimental designs is developed for both linear and generalized linear models. The new algorithm is made based on the clustering of candidate or evaluation points over the design space and it is a combination of point exchange algorithm and coordinate exchange algorithm. In addition, a robust design algorithm is proposed for generalized linear models with modification of an existing method. The proposed algorithm are compared with the methods proposed by Rodriguez et al. [Generating and assessing exact G-optimal designs. J. Qual. Technol. 2010;42(1):3–20] and Borkowski [Using a genetic algorithm to generate small exact response surface designs. J. Prob. Stat. Sci. 2003;1(1):65–88] for linear models and with the simulated annealing method and the genetic algorithm for generalized linear models through several examples in terms of the G-efficiency and computation time. The result shows that the proposed algorithm can obtain a design with higher G-efficiency in a much shorter time. Moreover, the computation time of the proposed algorithm only increases polynomially when the size of model increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Statistical Computation and Simulation
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 26 2015


  • alphabetical optimal design
  • exchange algorithm
  • generalized linear models
  • K-means clustering
  • robust design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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