Some Primal-Dual Theory for Subgradient Methods for Strongly Convex Optimization

We consider (stochastic) subgradient methods for strongly convex but potentially nonsmooth non-Lipschitz optimization. We provide new equivalent dual descriptions (in the style of dual averaging) for the classic subgradient method, the proximal subgradient method, and the switching subgradient method. These equivalences enable $O(1/T)$ convergence guarantees in terms of both their classic primal gap and a … Read more

Conditional gradient type methods for composite nonlinear and stochastic optimization

In this paper, we present a conditional gradient type (CGT) method for solving a class of composite optimization problems where the objective function consists of a (weakly) smooth term and a (strongly) convex regularization term. While including a strongly convex term in the subproblems of the classical conditional gradient (CG) method improves its rate of … Read more

A Second-Order Method for Strongly Convex L1-Regularization Problems

In this paper a robust second-order method is developed for the solution of strongly convex l1-regularized problems. The main aim is to make the proposed method as inexpensive as possible, while even difficult problems can be efficiently solved. The proposed method is a primal-dual Newton Conjugate Gradients (pdNCG) method. Convergence properties of pdNCG are studied … Read more