From Optimization to Control: Quasi Policy Iteration

Recent control algorithms for Markov decision processes (MDPs) have been designed using an implicit analogy with well-established optimization algorithms. In this paper, we make this analogy explicit across four problem classes with a unified solution characterization. This novel framework, in turn, allows for a systematic transformation of algorithms from one domain to the other. In … Read more

Exact Matrix Completion via High-Rank Matrices in Sum-of-Squares Relaxations

We study exact matrix completion from partially available data with hidden connectivity patterns. Exact matrix completion was shown to be possible recently by Cosse and Demanet in 2021 with Lasserre’s relaxation using the trace of the variable matrix as the objective function with given data structured in a chain format. In this study, we introduce … Read more

Higher-Order Newton Methods with Polynomial Work per Iteration

\(\) We present generalizations of Newton’s method that incorporate derivatives of an arbitrary order \(d\) but maintain a polynomial dependence on dimension in their cost per iteration. At each step, our \(d^{\text{th}}\)-order method uses semidefinite programming to construct and minimize a sum of squares-convex approximation to the \(d^{\text{th}}\)-order Taylor expansion of the function we wish … Read more

Efficient Computation of the Approximation Quality in Sandwiching Algorithms

Computing the approximation quality is a crucial step in every iteration of Sandwiching algorithms (also called Benson-type algorithms) used for the approximation of convex Pareto fronts, sets or functions. Two quality indicators often used in these algorithms are polyhedral gauge and epsilon indicator. In this article, we develop an algorithm to compute the polyhedral gauge … Read more

Accelerated Gradient Descent via Long Steps

Recently Grimmer [1] showed for smooth convex optimization by utilizing longer steps periodically, gradient descent’s state-of-the-art O(1/T) convergence guarantees can be improved by constant factors, conjecturing an accelerated rate strictly faster than O(1/T) could be possible. Here we prove such a big-O gain, establishing gradient descent’s first accelerated convergence rate in this setting. Namely, we … Read more

Self-concordant Smoothing for Convex Composite Optimization

\(\) We introduce the notion of self-concordant smoothing for minimizing the sum of two convex functions: the first is smooth and the second may be nonsmooth. Our framework results naturally from the smoothing approximation technique referred to as partial smoothing in which only a part of the nonsmooth function is smoothed. The key highlight of … Read more

Fast convergence of inertial primal-dual dynamics and algorithms for a bilinearly coupled saddle point problem

This paper is devoted to study the convergence rates of a second-order dynamical system and its corresponding discretization associated with a continuously differentiable bilinearly coupled convex-concave saddle point problem. First, we consider the second-order dynamical system with asymptotically vanishing damping term and show the existence and uniqueness of the trajectories as global twice continuously differentiable … Read more

Affine FR : an effective facial reduction algorithm for semidefinite relaxations of combinatorial problems

\(\) We develop a new method called \emph{affine FR} for recovering Slater’s condition for semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxations of combinatorial optimization (CO) problems. Affine FR is a user-friendly method, as it is fully automatic and only requires a description of the problem. We provide a rigorous analysis of differences between affine FR and the existing … Read more

Adaptive Consensus: A network pruning approach for decentralized optimization

We consider network-based decentralized optimization problems, where each node in the network possesses a local function and the objective is to collectively attain a consensus solution that minimizes the sum of all the local functions. A major challenge in decentralized optimization is the reliance on communication which remains a considerable bottleneck in many applications. To … Read more

Information Complexity of Mixed-integer Convex Optimization

We investigate the information complexity of mixed-integer convex optimization under different types of oracles. We establish new lower bounds for the standard first-order oracle, improving upon the previous best known lower bound. This leaves only a lower order linear term (in the dimension) as the gap between the lower and upper bounds. This is derived … Read more