This paper presents a methodology for using varying sample sizes in sequential quadratic programming (SQP) methods for solving equality constrained stochastic optimization problems. The first part of the paper deals with the delicate issue of dynamic sample selection in the evaluation of the gradient in conjunction with inexact solutions to the SQP subproblems. Under reasonable assumptions on the quality of the gradient approximations employed and the accuracy of the solutions to the SQP subproblems, we establish global convergence results for the proposed method. Motivated by these results, the second part of the paper describes a practical adaptive inexact stochastic sequential quadratic programming (PAIS-SQP) method. We propose criteria for controlling the sample size and the accuracy in the solutions of the SQP subproblems based on the variance estimates obtained as the optimization progresses. Finally, we demonstrate the practical performance of the method on a subset of the CUTE problems and constrained classification tasks.
University of Michigan, June 2022.