Value estimation approach to the iri-imai method for constrained convex optimization

S. Lam, D. Li, S. Zhang

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In this paper we propose an extension of the so-called Iri-Imai method to solve constrained convex programming problems. The original Iri-Imai method is designed for linear programs and assumes that the optimal objective value of the optimization problem is known in advance. Zhang (Ref. 9) extends the method for constrained convex optimization but the optimum value is still assumed to be known in advance. In our new extension this last requirement on the optimal value is relaxed; instead only a lower bound of the optimal value is needed. Our approach uses a multiplicative barrier function for the problem with a univariate parameter that represents an estimated optimum value of the original optimization problem. An optimal solution to the original problem can be traced down by minimizing the multiplicative barrier function. Due to the convexity of this barrier function the optimal objective value as well as the optimal solution of the original problem are sought iteratively by applying Newton's method to the multiplicative barrier function. A new formulation of the multiplicative barrier function is further developed to acquire computational tractability and efficiency. Numerical results are presented to show the efficiency of the new method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-608
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Optimization Theory and Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005


  • Constrained convex optimization
  • Iri-Imai algorithm
  • Value estimation

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