Infeasibility detection in the alternating direction method of multipliers for convex optimization

The alternating direction method of multipliers is a powerful operator splitting technique for solving structured optimization problems. For convex optimization problems, it is well-known that the algorithm generates iterates that converge to a solution, provided that it exists. If a solution does not exist, then the iterates diverge. Nevertheless, we show that they yield conclusive … Read more

A Novel Approach for Solving Convex Problems with Cardinality Constraints

In this paper we consider the problem of minimizing a convex differentiable function subject to sparsity constraints. Such constraints are non-convex and the resulting optimization problem is known to be hard to solve. We propose a novel generalization of this problem and demonstrate that it is equivalent to the original sparsity-constrained problem if a certain … Read more

On the convergence of a regularized Jacobi algorithm for convex optimization

In this paper we consider the regularized version of the Jacobi algorithm, a block coordinate descent method for convex optimization with differentiable objective function and block-separable constraints that has been recently proposed in the literature. Under certain regularity assumptions on the objective function, this algorithm has been shown to satisfy the so-called sufficient decrease condition, … Read more

Frechet inequalities via convex optimization

Quantifying the risk carried by an aggregate position $S_d\defn\sum_{i=1}^d X_i$ comprising many risk factors $X_i$ is fundamental to both insurance and financial risk management. Frechet inequalities quantify the worst-case risk carried by the aggregate position given distributional information concerning its composing factors but without assuming independence. This marginal factor modeling of the aggregate position in … Read more

Tight global linear convergence rate bounds for operator splitting methods

In this paper we establish necessary and sufficient conditions for linear convergence of operator splitting methods for a general class of convex optimization problems where the associated fixed-point operator is averaged. We also provide a tight bound on the achievable convergence rate. Most existing results establishing linear convergence in such methods require restrictive assumptions regarding … Read more

Robust Optimal Control with Adjustable Uncertainty Sets

Robust control design for constrained uncertain systems is a well-studied topic. Given a known uncertainty set, the objective is to find a control policy that minimizes a given cost and satisfies the system’s constraints for all possible uncertainty realizations. In this paper, we extend the classical robust control setup by treating the uncertainty sets as … Read more

Distributionally robust expectation inequalities for structured distributions

Quantifying the risk of unfortunate events occurring, despite limited distributional information, is a basic problem underlying many practical questions. Indeed, quantifying constraint violation probabilities in distributionally robust programming or judging the risk of financial positions can both be seen to involve risk quantification, notwithstanding distributional ambiguity. In this work we discuss worst-case probability and conditional … Read more

Generalized Gauss Inequalities via Semidefinite Programming

A sharp upper bound on the probability of a random vector falling outside a polytope, based solely on the first and second moments of its distribution, can be computed efficiently using semidefinite programming. However, this Chebyshev-type bound tends to be overly conservative since it is determined by a discrete worst-case distribution. In this paper we … Read more

Inverse Parametric Optimization with an Application to Hybrid System Control

We present a number of results on inverse parametric optimization and its application to hybrid system control. We show that any function that can be written as the difference of two convex functions can also be written as a linear mapping of the solution to a convex parametric optimization problem. We exploit these results in … Read more

Distributionally robust control of constrained stochastic systems

We investigate the control of constrained stochastic linear systems when faced with only limited information regarding the disturbance process, i.e. when only the first two moments of the disturbance distribution are known. We consider two types of distributionally robust constraints. The constraints of the first type are required to hold with a given probability for … Read more