Minimization of nonsmooth nonconvex functions using inexact evaluations and its worst-case complexity

An adaptive regularization algorithm using inexact function and derivatives evaluations is proposed for the solution of composite nonsmooth nonconvex optimization. It is shown that this algorithm needs at most O(|log(epsilon)|.epsilon^{-2}) evaluations of the problem’s functions and their derivatives for finding an $\epsilon$-approximate first-order stationary point. This complexity bound therefore generalizes that provided by [Bellavia, Gurioli, … Read more

Optimality condition and complexity analysis for linearly-constrained optimization without differentiability on the boundary

In this paper we consider the minimization of a continuous function that is potentially not differentiable or not twice differentiable on the boundary of the feasible region. By exploiting an interior point technique, we present first- and second-order optimality conditions for this problem that reduces to classical ones when the derivative on the boundary is … Read more

Robust Block Coordinate Descent

In this paper we present a novel randomized block coordinate descent method for the minimization of a convex composite objective function. The method uses (approximate) partial second-order (curvature) information, so that the algorithm performance is more robust when applied to highly nonseparable or ill conditioned problems. We call the method Robust Coordinate Descent (RCD). At … Read more