E. Lieb convexity inequalities and noncommutative Bernstein inequality in Jordan-algebraic setting

We describe a Jordan-algebraic version of E. Lieb convexity inequalities. A joint convexity of Jordan-algebraic version of quantum entropy is proven. SA spectral theory on semi-simple complex Jordan algebras is used as atool to prove the convexity results. Possible applications to optimization and statistics are indicated Citation Preprint, University of Notre Dame, August 2014 Article … Read more

Polynomial Convergence of Infeasible-Interior-Point Methods over Symmetric Cones

We establish polynomial-time convergence of infeasible-interior-point methods for conic programs over symmetric cones using a wide neighborhood of the central path. The convergence is shown for a commutative family of search directions used in Schmieta and Alizadeh. These conic programs include linear and semidefinite programs. This extends the work of Rangarajan and Todd, which established … Read more

Self-scaled barriers for irreducible symmetric cones

Self-scaled barrier functions are fundamental objects in the theory of interior-point methods for linear optimization over symmetric cones, of which linear and semidefinite programming are special cases. We are classifying all self-scaled barriers over irreducible symmetric cones and show that these functions are merely homothetic transformations of the universal barrier function. Together with a decomposition … Read more