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Adaptive smoothing algorithms for nonsmooth composite convex minimization


  • Quoc Tran-Dinh

    () (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC))


Abstract We propose an adaptive smoothing algorithm based on Nesterov’s smoothing technique in Nesterov (Math Prog 103(1):127–152, 2005) for solving “fully” nonsmooth composite convex optimization problems. Our method combines both Nesterov’s accelerated proximal gradient scheme and a new homotopy strategy for smoothness parameter. By an appropriate choice of smoothing functions, we develop a new algorithm that has the $$\mathcal {O}\left( \frac{1}{\varepsilon }\right) $$ O 1 ε -worst-case iteration-complexity while preserves the same complexity-per-iteration as in Nesterov’s method and allows one to automatically update the smoothness parameter at each iteration. Then, we customize our algorithm to solve four special cases that cover various applications. We also specify our algorithm to solve constrained convex optimization problems and show its convergence guarantee on a primal sequence of iterates. We demonstrate our algorithm through three numerical examples and compare it with other related algorithms.

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  • Quoc Tran-Dinh, 2017. "Adaptive smoothing algorithms for nonsmooth composite convex minimization," Computational Optimization and Applications, Springer, vol. 66(3), pages 425-451, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:coopap:v:66:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s10589-016-9873-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s10589-016-9873-6

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