Computing Proximal Points on Nonconvex Functions

The proximal point mapping is the basis of many optimization techniques for convex functions. By means of variational analysis, the concept of proximal mapping was recently extended to nonconvex functions that are prox-regular and prox-bounded. In such a setting, the proximal point mapping is locally Lipschitz continuous and its set of fixed points coincide with … Read more

Dynamic Bundle Methods

Lagrangian relaxation is a popular technique to solve difficult optimization problems. However, the applicability of this technique depends on having a relatively low number of hard constraints to dualize. When there are many hard constraints, it may be preferable to relax them dynamically, according to some rule depending on which multipliers are active. From the … Read more

The Volume Algorithm revisited: relation with bundle methods

We revise the Volume Algorithm (VA) for linear programming and relate it to bundle methods. When first introduced, VA was presented as a subgradient-like method for solving the original problem in its dual form. In a way similar to the serious/null steps philosophy of bundle methods, VA produces green, yellow or red steps. In order … Read more