Distributed nonconvex optimization for sparse representation

Ying Sun, Gesualdo Scutari

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Abstract

We consider a non-convex constrained Lagrangian formulation of a fundamental bi-criteria optimization problem for variable selection in statistical learning; the two criteria are a smooth (possibly) non-convex loss function, measuring the fitness of the model to data, and the latter function is a difference-of-convex (DC) regularization, employed to promote some extra structure on the solution, like sparsity. This general class of nonconvex problems arises in many big-data applications, from statistical machine learning to physical sciences and engineering. We develop the first unified distributed algorithmic framework for these problems and establish its asymptotic convergence to d-stationary solutions. Two key features of the method are: i) it can be implemented on arbitrary networks (digraphs) with (possibly) time-varying connectivity; and ii) it does not require the restrictive assumption that the (sub)gradient of the objective function is bounded, which enlarges significantly the class of statistical learning problems that can be solved with convergence guarantees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2017 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages4044-4048
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509041176
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 16 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2017 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2017Mar 9 2017

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Other

Other2017 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2017
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period3/5/173/9/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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