Stochastic Gauss-Newton Algorithms for Online PCA

In this paper, we propose a stochastic Gauss-Newton (SGN) algorithm to study the online principal component analysis (OPCA) problem, which is formulated by using the symmetric low-rank product (SLRP) model for dominant eigenspace calculation. Compared with existing OPCA solvers, SGN is of improved robustness with respect to the varying input data and algorithm parameters. In … Read more

A derivative-free Gauss-Newton method

We present DFO-GN, a derivative-free version of the Gauss-Newton method for solving nonlinear least-squares problems. As is common in derivative-free optimization, DFO-GN uses interpolation of function values to build a model of the objective, which is then used within a trust-region framework to give a globally-convergent algorithm requiring $O(\epsilon^{-2})$ iterations to reach approximate first-order criticality … Read more

Robust Semidefinite Programming Approaches for Sensor Network Localization with Anchors

We derive a robust primal-dual interior-point algorithm for a semidefinite programming, SDP, relaxation for sensor localization with anchors and with noisy distance information. The relaxation is based on finding a Euclidean Distance Matrix, EDM, that is nearest in the Frobenius norm for the known noisy distances and that satisfies given upper and lower bounds on … Read more

Continuous Optimization Methods for Structure Alignments

Structural Alignment is an important tool for fold identification of proteins, structural screening on ligand databases, pharmacophore identification and other applications. In the general case, the optimization problem of superimposing two structures is nonsmooth and nonconvex, so that most popular methods are heuristic and do not employ derivative information. Usually, these methods do not admit … Read more