Price Optimization with Practical Constraints

In this paper, we study a retailer price optimization problem which includes the practical constraints: maximum number of price changes and minimum amount of price change (if a change is recommended). We provide a closed-form formula for the Euclidean projection onto the feasible set defined by these two constraints, based on which a simple gradient … Read more

Time-Domain Decomposition for Optimal Control Problems Governed by Semilinear Hyperbolic Systems

In this article, we extend the time-domain decomposition method described by Lagnese and Leugering (2003) to semilinear optimal control problems for hyperbolic balance laws with spatio-temporal varying coefficients. We provide the design of the iterative method applied to the global first-order optimality system, prove its convergence, and derive an a posteriori error estimate. The analysis … Read more

Convergence of Proximal Gradient Algorithm in the Presence of Adjoint Mismatch

We consider the proximal gradient algorithm for solving penalized least-squares minimization problems arising in data science. This first-order algorithm is attractive due to its flexibility and minimal memory requirements allowing to tackle large-scale minimization problems involving non-smooth penalties. However, for problems such as X-ray computed tomography, the applicability of the algorithm is dominated by the … Read more

Online matrix factorization for Markovian data and applications to Network Dictionary Learning

Online Matrix Factorization (OMF) is a fundamental tool for dictionary learning problems, giving an approximate representation of complex data sets in terms of a reduced number of extracted features. Convergence guarantees for most of the OMF algorithms in the literature assume independence between data matrices, and the case of a dependent data stream remains largely … Read more

Convergence Analysis and a DC Approximation Method for Data-driven Mathematical Programs with Distributionally Robust Chance Constraints

In this paper, we consider the convergence analysis of data-driven mathematical programs with distributionally robust chance constraints (MPDRCC) under weaker conditions without continuity assumption of distributionally robust probability functions. Moreover, combining with the data-driven approximation, we propose a DC approximation method to MPDRCC without some special tractable structures. We also give the convergence analysis of … Read more

Penalized stochastic gradient methods for stochastic convex optimization with expectation constraints

Stochastic gradient method and its variants are simple yet effective for minimizing an expectation function over a closed convex set. However, none of these methods are applicable to solve stochastic programs with expectation constraints, since the projection onto the feasible set is prohibitive. To deal with the expectation constrained stochastic convex optimization problems, we propose … Read more

Stabilized Barzilai-Borwein method

The Barzilai-Borwein (BB) method is a popular and efficient tool for solving large-scale unconstrained optimization problems. Its search direction is the same as for the steepest descent (Cauchy) method, but its stepsize rule is different. Owing to this, it converges much faster than the Cauchy method. A feature of the BB method is that it … Read more

General Convergence Rates Follow From Specialized Rates Assuming Growth Bounds

Often in the analysis of first-order methods, assuming the existence of a quadratic growth bound (a generalization of strong convexity) facilitates much stronger convergence analysis. Hence the analysis is done twice, once for the general case and once for the growth bounded case. We give a meta-theorem for deriving general convergence rates from those assuming … Read more

Indefinite linearized augmented Lagrangian method for convex programming with linear inequality constraints

The augmented Lagrangian method (ALM) is a benchmark for tackling the convex optimization problem with linear constraints; ALM and its variants for linearly equality-constrained convex minimization models have been well studied in the literatures. However, much less attention has been paid to ALM for efficiently solving the linearly inequality-constrained convex minimization model. In this paper, … Read more

Analysis of the BFGS Method with Errors

The classical convergence analysis of quasi-Newton methods assumes that the function and gradients employed at each iteration are exact. In this paper, we consider the case when there are (bounded) errors in both computations and establish conditions under which a slight modification of the BFGS algorithm with an Armijo-Wolfe line search converges to a neighborhood … Read more