Accelerated Inexact Composite Gradient Methods for Nonconvex Spectral Optimization Problems

This paper presents two inexact composite gradient methods, one inner accelerated and another doubly accelerated, for solving a class of nonconvex spectral composite optimization problems. More specifically, the objective function for these problems is of the form f_1 + f_2 + h where f_1 and f_2 are differentiable nonconvex matrix functions with Lipschitz continuous gradients, … Read more

Generalized subdifferentials of spectral functions over Euclidean Jordan algebras

This paper is devoted to the study of generalized subdifferentials of spectral functions over Euclidean Jordan algebras. Spectral functions appear often in optimization problems playing the role of “regularizer”, “barrier”, “penalty function” and many others. We provide formulae for the regular, approximate and horizon subdifferentials of spectral functions. In addition, under local lower semicontinuity, we … Read more

The nonsmooth landscape of phase retrieval

We consider a popular nonsmooth formulation of the real phase retrieval problem. We show that under standard statistical assumptions, a simple subgradient method converges linearly when initialized within a constant relative distance of an optimal solution. Seeking to understand the distribution of the stationary points of the problem, we complete the paper by proving that … Read more