A Stochastic Objective-Function-Free Adaptive Regularization Method with Optimal Complexity

\(\) A fully stochastic second-order adaptive-regularization method for unconstrained nonconvex optimization is presented which never computes the objective-function value, but yet achieves the optimal $\mathcal{O}(\epsilon^{-3/2})$ complexity bound for finding first-order critical points. The method is noise-tolerant and the inexactness conditions required for convergence depend on the history of past steps. Applications to cases where derivative … Read more

Yet another fast variant of Newton’s method for nonconvex optimization

\(\) A second-order algorithm is proposed for minimizing smooth nonconvex functions that alternates between regularized Newton and negative curvature steps. In most cases, the Hessian matrix is regularized with the square root of the current gradient and an additional term taking moderate negative curvature into account, a negative curvature step being taken only exceptionnally. As … Read more

Convergence properties of an Objective-Function-Free Optimization regularization algorithm, including an $\mathcal{O}(\epsilon^{-3/2})$ complexity bound

An adaptive regularization algorithm for unconstrained nonconvex optimization is presented in which the objective function is never evaluated, but only derivatives are used. This algorithm belongs to the class of adaptive regularization methods, for which optimal worst-case complexity results are known for the standard framework where the objective function is evaluated. It is shown in … Read more