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A Polynomial Arc-Search Interior-Point Algorithm for Convex Quadratic Programming

Yaguang Yang(yaguang.yang***at***verizon.net)

Abstract: Arc-search is developed for linear programming in \cite{yang09, yang10}. The algorithms search for optimizers along an ellipse that are approximations of the central path. In this paper, the arc-search method is applied to primal-dual path-following interior-point method for convex quadratic programming. A simple algorithm with iteration complexity $O(\sqrt{n}\log(1/\epsilon))$ is devised. Several improvements on the simple algorithm, which improve computational efficiency, increase step length, and further reduce duality gap in every iteration, are then proposed and implemented. It is intuitively clear that the iteration with these improvements will significantly reduce the duality gap more than the iteration of the simple algorithm without the improvements, though it is hard to show how much these improvements reduce the complexity bound. The proposed algorithm is implemented in MATLAB and tested on seven quadratic programming problems originating from \cite{hs81}. The result is compared to the one obtained by LOQO in \cite{vanderbei94}. The proposed algorithm uses fewer iterations in all seven problems and the number of total iterations is $27\%$ fewer than the one obtained by LOQO. This preliminary result shows that the proposed algorithm is promising.

Keywords: Arc-search, convex quadratic programming, polynomial algorithm.

Category 1: Linear, Cone and Semidefinite Programming (Linear Programming )


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Entry Submitted: 11/27/2010
Entry Accepted: 12/02/2010
Entry Last Modified: 11/27/2010

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