Polynomial time guarantees for the Burer-Monteiro method

The Burer-Monteiro method is one of the most widely used techniques for solving large-scale semidefinite programs (SDP). The basic idea is to solve a nonconvex program in $Y$, where $Y$ is an $n \times p$ matrix such that $X = Y Y^T$. In this paper, we show that this method can solve SDPs in polynomial … Read more

A convex relaxation to compute the nearest structured rank deficient matrix

Given an affine space of matrices L and a matrix \theta in L, consider the problem of finding the closest rank deficient matrix to \theta on L with respect to the Frobenius norm. This is a nonconvex problem with several applications in estimation problems. We introduce a novel semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxation, and we show … Read more

Burer-Monteiro guarantees for general semidefinite programs

Consider a semidefinite program (SDP) involving an $n\times n$ positive semidefinite matrix $X$. The Burer-Monteiro method consists in solving a nonconvex program in $Y$, where $Y$ is an $n\times p$ matrix such that $X = Y Y^T$. Despite nonconvexity, Boumal et al. showed that the method provably solves generic equality-constrained SDP’s when $p > \sqrt{2m}$, … Read more

On the local stability of semidefinite relaxations

In this paper we consider a parametric family of polynomial optimization problems over algebraic sets. Although these problems are typically nonconvex, tractable convex relaxations via semidefinite programming (SDP) have been proposed. Often times in applications there is a natural value of the parameters for which the relaxation will solve the problem exactly. We study conditions … Read more