Run-and-Inspect Method for Nonconvex Optimization and Global Optimality Bounds for R-Local Minimizers

Many optimization algorithms converge to stationary points. When the underlying problem is nonconvex, they may get trapped at local minimizers and occasionally stagnate near saddle points. We propose the Run-and-Inspect Method, which adds an “inspect” phase to existing algorithms that helps escape from non-global stationary points. The inspection samples a set of points in a … Read more