On the Convergence of Projected Alternating Maximization for Equitable and Optimal Transport

This paper studies the equitable and optimal transport (EOT) problem, which has many applications such as fair division problems and optimal transport with multiple agents etc. In the discrete distributions case, the EOT problem can be formulated as a linear program (LP). Since this LP is prohibitively large for general LP solvers, Scetbon \etal \cite{scetbon2021equitable} … Read more

A Riemannian Block Coordinate Descent Method for Computing the Projection Robust Wasserstein Distance

The Wasserstein distance has become increasingly important in machine learning and deep learning. Despite its popularity, the Wasserstein distance is hard to approximate because of the curse of dimensionality. A recently proposed approach to alleviate the curse of dimensionality is to project the sampled data from the high dimensional probability distribution onto a lower-dimensional subspace, … Read more

Inertial Block Mirror Descent Method for Non-Convex Non-Smooth Optimization

In this paper, we propose inertial versions of block coordinate descent methods for solving non-convex non-smooth composite optimization problems. We use the general framework of Bregman distance functions to compute the proximal maps. Our method not only allows using two different extrapolation points to evaluate gradients and adding the inertial force, but also takes advantage … Read more

On the convergence of a regularized Jacobi algorithm for convex optimization

In this paper we consider the regularized version of the Jacobi algorithm, a block coordinate descent method for convex optimization with differentiable objective function and block-separable constraints that has been recently proposed in the literature. Under certain regularity assumptions on the objective function, this algorithm has been shown to satisfy the so-called sufficient decrease condition, … Read more

Structured Nonconvex and Nonsmooth Optimization: Algorithms and Iteration Complexity Analysis

Nonconvex optimization problems are frequently encountered in much of statistics, business, science and engineering, but they are not yet widely recognized as a technology. A reason for this relatively low degree of popularity is the lack of a well developed system of theory and algorithms to support the applications, as is the case for its … Read more

On the Convergence of Multi-Block Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers and Block Coordinate Descent Method

The paper answers several open questions of the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) and the block coordinate descent (BCD) method that are now wildly used to solve large scale convex optimization problems in many fields. For ADMM, it is still lack of theoretical understanding of the algorithm when the objective function is not separable … Read more

A Parallel Line Search Subspace Correction Method for Composite Convex Optimization

In this paper, we investigate a parallel subspace correction framework for composite convex optimization. The variables are first divided into a few blocks based on certain rules. At each iteration, the algorithms solve a suitable subproblem on each block simultaneously, construct a search direction by combining their solutions on all blocks, then identify a new … Read more

A Block Coordinate Descent Method for Regularized Multi-Convex Optimization with Applications to Nonnegative Tensor Factorization and Completion

This paper considers regularized block multi-convex optimization, where the feasible set and objective function are generally non-convex but convex in each block of variables. We review some of its interesting examples and propose a generalized block coordinate descent method. (Using proximal updates, we further allow non-convexity over some blocks.) Under certain conditions, we show that … Read more

Sparse Approximation via Penalty Decomposition Methods

In this paper we consider sparse approximation problems, that is, general $l_0$ minimization problems with the $l_0$-“norm” of a vector being a part of constraints or objective function. In particular, we first study the first-order optimality conditions for these problems. We then propose penalty decomposition (PD) methods for solving them in which a sequence of … Read more

Row by row methods for semidefinite programming

We present a row-by-row (RBR) method for solving semidefinite programming (SDP) problem based on solving a sequence of problems obtained by restricting the n-dimensional positive semidefinite constraint on the matrix X. By fixing any (n-1)-dimensional principal submatrix of X and using its (generalized) Schur complement, the positive semidefinite constraint is reduced to a simple second-order … Read more