A Class of Linear Programs Solvable by Coordinate-Wise Minimization

28 Jan 2020  ·  Tomáš Dlask, Tomáš Werner ·

Coordinate-wise minimization is a simple popular method for large-scale optimization. Unfortunately, for general (non-differentiable) convex problems it may not find global minima... We present a class of linear programs that coordinate-wise minimization solves exactly. We show that dual LP relaxations of several well-known combinatorial optimization problems are in this class and the method finds a global minimum with sufficient accuracy in reasonable runtimes. Moreover, for extensions of these problems that no longer are in this class the method yields reasonably good suboptima. Though the presented LP relaxations can be solved by more efficient methods (such as max-flow), our results are theoretically non-trivial and can lead to new large-scale optimization algorithms in the future. read more

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