Escaping Spurious Local Minima of Low-Rank Matrix Factorization Through Convex Lifting

This work proposes a rapid global solver for nonconvex low-rank matrix factorization (MF) problems that we name MF-Global. Through convex lifting steps, our method efficiently escapes saddle points and spurious local minima ubiquitous in noisy real-world data, and is guaranteed to always converge to the global optima. Moreover, the proposed approach adaptively adjusts the rank … Read more

Factorization of completely positive matrices using iterative projected gradient steps

We aim to factorize a completely positive matrix by using an optimization approach which consists in the minimization of a nonconvex smooth function over a convex and compact set. To solve this problem we propose a projected gradient algorithm with parameters that take into account the effects of relaxation and inertia. Both projection and gradient … Read more

Beyond Alternating Updates for Matrix Factorization with Inertial Bregman Proximal Gradient Algorithms

Matrix Factorization is a popular non-convex objective, for which alternating minimization schemes are mostly used. They usually suffer from the major drawback that the solution is biased towards one of the optimization variables. A remedy is non-alternating schemes. However, due to a lack of Lipschitz continuity of the gradient in matrix factorization problems, convergence cannot … Read more

The Sound of APALM Clapping: Faster Nonsmooth Nonconvex Optimization with Stochastic Asynchronous PALM

We introduce the Stochastic Asynchronous Proximal Alternating Linearized Minimization (SAPALM) method, a block coordinate stochastic proximal-gradient method for solving nonconvex, nonsmooth optimization problems. SAPALM is the first asynchronous parallel optimization method that provably converges on a large class of nonconvex, nonsmooth problems. We prove that SAPALM matches the best known rates of convergence — among … Read more