Monday, March 16, 2015

DECOPT - DEcomposition Convex OPTimization - implementation -

Just noticed the following recent solver. From the main page:

DECOPT - DEcomposition Convex OPTimization


DECOPT is a MATLAB software package for solving the following generic constrained convex optimization problem:

minxRp,rRn{f(x)+g(r):Axr=b, lxu},  (CP)
where f and g are two proper, closed and convex functions, ARn×p, bRn and l,uRp are the lower and upper bounds of x.
Here, we assume that f and g are proximally tractable. By proximal tractability, we mean that the proximal operator proxφ of a given proper, closed and convex function φ:
is efficient to compute (e.g., by a closed form solution or by polynomial time algorithms).
DECOPT is implemented by Quoc Tran-Dinh at the Laboratory for Information and Inference Systems (LIONS), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. This is a joint work with Volkan Cevher at LIONS, EPFL.
DECOPT aims at solving (CP) for any convex functions f and g, where their proximal operator is provided. The following special cases have been customized in DECOPT:
  • Basis pursuit: 

  • 1/2-unconstrained LASSO problem:

  • 1/1-convex problem:

  • Square-root 1/2 LASSO problem:

  • 1/2 - the basis denosing (BPDN) problem:

  • 2/1 - the 1-constrained LASSO problem:

Here, λ>0 is a penalty parameter, δ>0 is a given level parameter.

And the references:


   The full algorithms and theory of DECOPT can be found in the following references:
  • Q. Tran-Dinh and V. Cevher, "Constrained convex minimization via model-based excessive gap". Proceedings of the annual conference on Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation (NIPS), Montreal, Canada, (2014).
Available at:
Abstract: Abstract We introduce a model-based excessive gap technique to analyze first-order primal- dual methods for constrained convex minimization. As a result, we construct first-order primal-dual methods with optimal convergence rates on the primal objec-tive residual and the primal feasibility gap of their iterates separately. Through a dual smoothing and prox- center selection strategy, our framework subsumes the augmented Lagrangian, alternating direction, and dual fast-gradient methods as special cases, where our rates apply.
  • Q. Tran-Dinh, and V. Cevher. "A Primal-Dual Algorithmic Framework for Constrained Convex Minimization"LIONS Tech. Report EPFL-REPORT-199844, (2014).
Available at:
Abstract: We present a primal-dual algorithmic framework to obtain approximate solutions to a prototypical constrained convex optimization problem, and rigorously characterize how common structural assumptions affect the numerical efficiency. Our main analysis technique provides a fresh perspective on Nesterov's excessive gap technique in a structured fashion and unifies it with smoothing and primal-dual methods. For instance, through the choices of a dual smoothing strategy and a center point, our framework subsumes decomposition algorithms, augmented Lagrangian as well as the alternating direction method-of-multipliers methods as its special cases, and provides optimal convergence rates on the primal objective residual as well as the primal feasibility gap of the iterates for all.
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