We consider coordinate descent methods on convex quadratic problems, in which exact line searches are performed at each iteration. (This algorithm is identical to Gauss-Seidel on the equivalent symmetric positive definite linear system.) We describe a class of convex quadratic problems for which the random-permutations version of cyclic coordinate descent (RPCD) outperforms the standard cyclic coordinate descent (CCD) approach, yielding convergence behavior similar to the fully-random variant (RCD). A convergence analysis is developed to explain the empirical observations.
Technical Report, May, 2017