Projection and rescaling algorithm for finding most interior solutions to polyhedral conic systems

We propose a simple projection and rescaling algorithm that finds {\em most interior} solutions to the pair of feasibility problems \[ \text{find} x\in L\cap \R^n_{+} \text{ and } \text{find} \; \hat x\in L^\perp\cap\R^n_{+}, \] where $L$ is a linear subspace of $\R^n$ and $L^\perp$ is its orthogonal complement. The algorithm complements a basic procedure that … Read more

A Data Efficient and Feasible Level Set Method for Stochastic Convex Optimization with Expectation Constraints

Stochastic convex optimization problems with expectation constraints (SOECs) are encountered in statistics and machine learning, business, and engineering. In data-rich environments, the SOEC objective and constraints contain expectations defined with respect to large datasets. Therefore, efficient algorithms for solving such SOECs need to limit the fraction of data points that they use, which we refer … Read more

Computational performance of a projection and rescaling algorithm

This paper documents a computational implementation of a {\em projection and rescaling algorithm} for finding most interior solutions to the pair of feasibility problems find $x\in L\cap\mathbb{R}^n_{+} $ and find $x\in L^\perp\cap\mathbb{R}^n_{+},$ where $L$ denotes a linear subspace in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $L^\perp$ denotes its orthogonal complement. The projection and rescaling algorithm is a recently developed … Read more

A Level-set Method For Convex Optimization with a Feasible Solution Path

Large-scale constrained convex optimization problems arise in several application domains. First-order methods are good candidates to tackle such problems due to their low iteration complexity and memory requirement. The level-set framework extends the applicability of first-order methods to tackle problems with complicated convex objectives and constraint sets. Current methods based on this framework either rely … Read more

Revisiting Approximate Linear Programming Using a Saddle Point Approach

Approximate linear programs (ALPs) are well-known models for computing value function approximations (VFAs) of intractable Markov decision processes (MDPs) arising in applications. VFAs from ALPs have desirable theoretical properties, define an operating policy, and provide a lower bound on the optimal policy cost, which can be used to assess the suboptimality of heuristic policies. However, … Read more

Solving Conic Systems via Projection and Rescaling

We propose a simple {\em projection and algorithm} to solve the feasibility problem \[ \text{ find } x \in L \cap \Omega, \] where $L$ and $\Omega$ are respectively a linear subspace and the interior of a symmetric cone in a finite-dimensional vector space $V$. This projection and rescaling algorithm is inspired by previous work … Read more

On the von Neumann and Frank-Wolfe Algorithms with Away Steps

The von Neumann algorithm is a simple coordinate-descent algorithm to determine whether the origin belongs to a polytope generated by a finite set of points. When the origin is in the interior of the polytope, the algorithm generates a sequence of points in the polytope that converges linearly to zero. The algorithm’s rate of convergence … Read more

A Deterministic Rescaled Perceptron Algorithm

The perceptron algorithm is a simple iterative procedure for finding a point in a convex cone $F$. At each iteration, the algorithm only involves a query of a separation oracle for $F$ and a simple update on a trial solution. The perceptron algorithm is guaranteed to find a feasible point in $F$ after $\Oh(1/\tau_F^2)$ iterations, … Read more

Some preconditioners for systems of linear inequalities

We show that a combination of two simple preprocessing steps would generally improve the conditioning of a homogeneous system of linear inequalities. Our approach is based on a comparison among three different but related notions of conditioning for linear inequalities. Article Download View Some preconditioners for systems of linear inequalities

A smooth perceptron algorithm

The perceptron algorithm, introduced in the late fifties in the machine learning community, is a simple greedy algorithm for finding a solution to a finite set of linear inequalities. The algorithm’s main advantages are its simplicity and noise tolerance. The algorithm’s main disadvantage is its slow convergence rate. We propose a modified version of the … Read more