Dual descent ALM and ADMM

\(\) Classical primal-dual algorithms attempt to solve $\max_{\mu}\min_{x} \mathcal{L}(x,\mu)$ by alternatively minimizing over the primal variable $x$ through primal descent and maximizing the dual variable $\mu$ through dual ascent. However, when $\mathcal{L}(x,\mu)$ is highly nonconvex with complex constraints in $x$, the minimization over $x$ may not achieve global optimality, and hence the dual ascent step … Read more

A New Insight on Augmented Lagrangian Method with Applications in Machine Learning

Motivated by the work [He-Yuan, Balanced augmented Lagrangian method for convex programming, arXiv: 2108.08554v1, (2021)], a novel augmented Lagrangian method with a relaxation step is proposed for solving a family of convex optimization problem subject to equality or inequality constraint. This new method is then extended to solve the multi-block separable convex optimization problem, and … Read more

Algorithms for Difference-of-Convex (DC) Programs Based on Difference-of-Moreau-Envelopes Smoothing

In this paper we consider minimization of a difference-of-convex (DC) function with and without linear constraints. We first study a smooth approximation of a generic DC function, termed difference-of-Moreau-envelopes (DME) smoothing, where both components of the DC function are replaced by their respective Moreau envelopes. The resulting smooth approximation is shown to be Lipschitz differentiable, … Read more

Decomposition Methods for Global Solutions of Mixed-Integer Linear Programs

This paper introduces two decomposition-based methods for two-block mixed-integer linear programs (MILPs), which aim to take advantage of separable structures of the original problem by solving a sequence of lower-dimensional MILPs. The first method is based on the $\ell_1$-augmented Lagrangian method (ALM), and the second one is based on a modified alternating direction method of … Read more

Faster Lagrangian-Based Methods in Convex Optimization

In this paper, we aim at unifying, simplifying, and improving the convergence rate analysis of Lagrangian-based methods for convex optimization problems. We first introduce the notion of nice primal algorithmic map, which plays a central role in the unification and in the simplification of the analysis of all Lagrangian-based methods. Equipped with a nice primal … Read more

A Two-level ADMM Algorithm for AC OPF with Convergence Guarantees

This paper proposes a two-level distributed algorithmic framework for solving the AC optimal power flow (OPF) problem with convergence guarantees. The presence of highly nonconvex constraints in OPF poses significant challenges to distributed algorithms based on the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM). In particular, convergence is not provably guaranteed for nonconvex network optimization problems … Read more

On scaled stopping criteria for a safeguarded augmented Lagrangian method with theoretical guarantees

This paper discusses the use of a stopping criterion based on the scaling of the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker (KKT) conditions by the norm of the approximate Lagrange multiplier in the ALGENCAN implementation of a safeguarded augmented Lagrangian method. Such stopping criterion is already used in several nonlinear programming solvers, but it has not yet been considered in … Read more

On the best achievable quality of limit points of augmented Lagrangian schemes

The optimization literature is vast in papers dealing with improvements on the global convergence of augmented Lagrangian schemes. Usually, the results are based on weak constraint qualifications, or, more recently, on sequential optimality conditions obtained via penalization techniques. In this paper we propose a somewhat different approach, in the sense that the algorithm itself is … Read more

Exact Penalty Function for L21 Norm Minimization over the Stiefel Manifold

L21 norm minimization with orthogonality constraints, feasible region of which is called Stiefel manifold, has wide applications in statistics and data science. The state-of-the-art approaches adopt proximal gradient technique on either Stiefel manifold or its tangent spaces. The consequent subproblem does not have closed-form solution and hence requires an iterative procedure to solve which is … Read more

On the use of Jordan Algebras for improving global convergence of an Augmented Lagrangian method in nonlinear semidefinite programming

Jordan Algebras are an important tool for dealing with semidefinite programming and optimization over symmetric cones in general. In this paper, a judicious use of Jordan Algebras in the context of sequential optimality conditions is done in order to generalize the global convergence theory of an Augmented Lagrangian method for nonlinear semidefinite programming. An approximate … Read more