We present new results for the conditional gradient method (also known as the Frank-Wolfe method). We derive computational guarantees for arbitrary step-size sequences, which are then applied to various step-size rules, including simple averaging and constant step-sizes. We also develop step-size rules and computational guarantees that depend naturally on the warm-start quality of the initial (and subsequent) iterates. Our results include computational guarantees for both duality/bound gaps and the so-called Wolfe gaps. Lastly, we present complexity bounds in the presence of approximate computation of gradients and/or linear optimization subproblem solutions.
MIT Operations Research Center Working Paper OR395-13, July 2013
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