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Mirror-prox sliding methods for solving a class of monotone variational inequalities

Guanghui Lan(george.lan***at***isye.gatech.edu)
Yuyuan Ouyang(yuyuano***at***clemson.edu)

Abstract: In this paper we propose new algorithms for solving a class of structured monotone variational inequality (VI) problems over compact feasible sets. By identifying the gradient components existing in the operator of VI, we show that it is possible to skip computations of the gradients from time to time, while still maintaining the optimal iteration complexity for solving these VI problems. Specifically, for deterministic VI problems involving the sum of the gradient of a smooth convex function $\nabla G$ and a monotone operator $H$, we propose a new algorithm, called the mirror-prox sliding method, which is able to compute an $\varepsilon$-approximate weak solution with at most $O((L/\varepsilon)^{1/2})$ evaluations of $\nabla G$ and $O((L/\varepsilon)^{1/2}+M/\varepsilon)$ evaluations of $H$, where $L$ and $M$ are Lipschitz constants of $\nabla G$ and $H$, respectively. Moreover, for the case when the operator $H$ can only be accessed through its stochastic estimators, we propose a stochastic mirror-prox sliding method that can compute a stochastic $\varepsilon$-approximate weak solution with at most $O((L/\varepsilon)^{1/2})$ evaluations of $\nabla G$ and $O((L/\varepsilon)^{1/2}+M/\varepsilon + \sigma^2/\varepsilon^2)$ samples of $H$, where $\sigma$ is the variance of the stochastic samples of $H$.


Category 1: Complementarity and Variational Inequalities

Category 2: Nonlinear Optimization

Category 3: Stochastic Programming


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Entry Submitted: 11/01/2021
Entry Accepted: 11/01/2021
Entry Last Modified: 11/01/2021

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