Asynchronous variance-reduced block schemes for composite non-convex stochastic optimization: block-specific steplengths and adapted batch-sizes

Jinlong Lei, Uday V. Shanbhag

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This work considers the minimization of a sum of an expectation-valued coordinate-wise smooth nonconvex function and a nonsmooth block-separable convex regularizer. We propose an asynchronous variance-reduced algorithm, where in each iteration, a single block is randomly chosen to update its estimates by a proximal variable sample-size stochastic gradient scheme, while the remaining blocks are kept invariant. Notably, each block employs a steplength relying on its block-specific Lipschitz constant while batch-sizes are updated as a function of the number of times that block is selected. We show that every limit point is a stationary point and establish the ergodic non-asymptotic rate O(1/K). Iteration and oracle complexity to obtain an ε-stationary point are shown to be O(1/ϵ) and O(1/ϵ2), respectively. Furthermore, under a proximal Polyak–Łojasiewicz condition with batch sizes increasing at a geometric rate, we prove that the suboptimality diminishes at a geometric rate, the optimal deterministic rate while iteration and oracle complexity to obtain an ε-optimal solution are O(ln(1/ϵ) and oracle complexity to obtain anϵ-optimal solution are O(ln(1/ϵ)) and Oϵ(1/ϵ)1+cϵwith c ≥ 0.. In the single block setting, we obtain the optimal oracle complexity (Formula presented.). Finally, preliminary numerics suggest that the schemes compare well with competitors reliant on global Lipschitz constants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOptimization Methods and Software
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Optimization
  • Applied Mathematics

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