Primal-Dual Subgradient Methods for Huge-Scale Problems

author: Yurii Nesterov, Université catholique de Louvain
published: Aug. 26, 2013,   recorded: July 2013,   views: 5852
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We consider a new class of huge-scale problems, the problems with sparse subgradients. The most important functions of this type are piece-wise linear. For optimization problems with uniform sparsity of corresponding linear operators, we suggest a very efficient implementation of subgradient iterations, which total cost depends logarithmically on the dimension. This technique is based on a recursive update of the results of matrix/vector products and the values of symmetric functions. It works well, for example, for matrices with few nonzero diagonals and for max-type functions. We show that the updating technique can be efficiently coupled with the simplest subgradient methods, the unconstrained minimization method by Polyak, and the constrained minimization scheme by Shor. Similar results can be obtained for a new non- smooth random variant of a coordinate descent scheme. We discuss an extension of this technique onto conic optimization problems.

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