In this paper we introduce a new barrier function $\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(2x_i-1)[\ln{x_i}-\ln(1-x_i)]$ to solve the following optimization problem: $\min\,\, f(x)$ subject to: $Ax=b;\;\;0\leq x\leq e$. We show that this function is a $(3/2)n$-self-concordant barrier on the hypercube $[0,1]^n$. We prove that the central path is well defined and that under an additional assumption on the objective function, which includes linear and convex quadratic problems, the primal central path converges to the analytic center of the optimal set (with respect to the given barrier). Finally, we present a new polynomial long step path following algorithm to solve the problem when the objective function is linear. For that algorithm we give an upper bound for the total number of Newton iterations to obtain an $\epsilon$-optimal solution, with similar complexity to the classic logarithmic barrier, that is $O(n\ln(n\mu_0/\epsilon))$.

## Citation

J Optim Theory Appl (2007) 135:475-490