Accelerated Dual-Averaging Primal-Dual Method for Composite Convex Minimization

Dual averaging-type methods are widely used in industrial machine learning applications due to their ability to promoting solution structure (e.g., sparsity) efficiently. In this paper, we propose a novel accelerated dual-averaging primal-dual algorithm for minimizing a composite convex function. We also derive a stochastic version of the proposed method which solves empirical risk minimization, and … Read more

Proximal Gradient Method for Nonsmooth Optimization over the Stiefel Manifold

We consider optimization problems over the Stiefel manifold whose objective function is the summation of a smooth function and a nonsmooth function. Existing methods for solving this kind of problems can be classified into three classes. Algorithms in the first class rely on information of the subgradients of the objective function and thus tend to … Read more

Stochastic Primal-Dual Method for Empirical Risk Minimization with O(1) Per-Iteration Complexity

Regularized empirical risk minimization problem with linear predictor appears frequently in machine learning. In this paper, we propose a new stochastic primal-dual method to solve this class of problems. Different from existing methods, our proposed methods only require O(1) operations in each iteration. We also develop a variance-reduction variant of the algorithm that converges linearly. … Read more

SPIDER: Near-Optimal Non-Convex Optimization via Stochastic Path Integrated Differential Estimator

In this paper, we propose a new technique named \textit{Stochastic Path-Integrated Differential EstimatoR} (SPIDER), which can be used to track many deterministic quantities of interest with significantly reduced computational cost. We apply SPIDER to two tasks, namely the stochastic first-order and zeroth-order methods. For stochastic first-order method, combining SPIDER with normalized gradient descent, we propose … Read more