New Ranks for Even-Order Tensors and Their Applications in Low-Rank Tensor Optimization

In this paper, we propose three new tensor decompositions for even-order tensors corresponding respectively to the rank-one decompositions of some unfolded matrices. Consequently such new decompositions lead to three new notions of (even-order) tensor ranks, to be called the M-rank, the symmetric M-rank, and the strongly symmetric M-rank in this paper. We discuss the bounds … Read more

Stochastic Quasi-Newton Methods for Nonconvex Stochastic Optimization

In this paper we study stochastic quasi-Newton methods for nonconvex stochastic optimization, where we assume that only stochastic information of the gradients of the objective function is available via a stochastic first-order oracle (SFO). Firstly, we propose a general framework of stochastic quasi-Newton methods for solving nonconvex stochastic optimization. The proposed framework extends the classic … Read more

Inertial primal-dual algorithms for structured convex optimization

The primal-dual algorithm recently proposed by Chambolle \& Pock (abbreviated as CPA) for structured convex optimization is very efficient and popular. It was shown by Chambolle \& Pock in \cite{CP11} and also by Shefi \& Teboulle in \cite{ST14} that CPA and variants are closely related to preconditioned versions of the popular alternating direction method of … Read more

On the Sublinear Convergence Rate of Multi-Block ADMM

The alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) is widely used in solving structured convex optimization problems. Despite of its success in practice, the convergence of the standard ADMM for minimizing the sum of $N$ $(N\geq 3)$ convex functions whose variables are linked by linear constraints, has remained unclear for a very long time. Recently, Chen … Read more

On the Global Linear Convergence of the ADMM with Multi-Block Variables

The alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) has been widely used for solving structured convex optimization problems. In particular, the ADMM can solve convex programs that minimize the sum of $N$ convex functions with $N$-block variables linked by some linear constraints. While the convergence of the ADMM for $N=2$ was well established in the literature, … Read more

A general inertial proximal point method for mixed variational inequality problem

In this paper, we first propose a general inertial proximal point method for the mixed variational inequality (VI) problem. Based on our knowledge, without stronger assumptions, convergence rate result is not known in the literature for inertial type proximal point methods. Under certain conditions, we are able to establish the global convergence and a $o(1/k)$ … Read more

A Block Successive Upper Bound Minimization Method of Multipliers for Linearly Constrained Convex Optimization

Consider the problem of minimizing the sum of a smooth convex function and a separable nonsmooth convex function subject to linear coupling constraints. Problems of this form arise in many contemporary applications including signal processing, wireless networking and smart grid provisioning. Motivated by the huge size of these applications, we propose a new class of … Read more

Penalty Methods with Stochastic Approximation for Stochastic Nonlinear Programming

In this paper, we propose a class of penalty methods with stochastic approximation for solving stochastic nonlinear programming problems. We assume that only noisy gradients or function values of the objective function are available via calls to a stochastic first-order or zeroth-order oracle. In each iteration of the proposed methods, we minimize an exact penalty … Read more

An Extragradient-Based Alternating Direction Method for Convex Minimization

In this paper, we consider the problem of minimizing the sum of two convex functions subject to linear linking constraints. The classical alternating direction type methods usually assume that the two convex functions have relatively easy proximal mappings. However, many problems arising from statistics, image processing and other fields have the structure that while one … Read more