Minimizing the difference of convex and weakly convex functions via bundle method

We consider optimization problems with objective and constraint being the difference of convex and weakly convex functions. This framework covers a vast family of nonsmooth and nonconvex optimization problems, particularly those involving certain classes of composite and nonconvex value functions. We investigate several stationary conditions and extend the proximal bundle algorithm of [van Ackooij et … Read more

Stochastic model-based minimization of weakly convex functions

We consider an algorithm that successively samples and minimizes stochastic models of the objective function. We show that under weak-convexity and Lipschitz conditions, the algorithm drives the expected norm of the gradient of the Moreau envelope to zero at the rate $O(k^{-1/4})$. Our result yields the first complexity guarantees for the stochastic proximal point algorithm … Read more