Block Coordinate Descent Almost Surely Converges to a Stationary Point Satisfying the Second-order Necessary Condition

Given a non-convex twice continuously differentiable cost function with Lipschitz continuous gradient, we prove that all of the block coordinate gradient descent, block mirror descent and proximal block coordinate descent methods converge to stationary points satisfying the second-order necessary condition, almost surely with random initialization. All our results are ascribed to the center-stable manifold theorem … Read more