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Strong and Weak Convergence of the Modified Proximal Point Algorithms in Hilbert Space
© Xinkuan Chai et al. 2010
- Received: 26 October 2009
- Accepted: 10 December 2009
- Published: 12 January 2010
For a monotone operator , we shall show weak convergence of Rockafellar's proximal point algorithm to some zero of and strong convergence of the perturbed version of Rockafellar's to under some relaxed conditions, where is the metric projection from onto . Moreover, our proof techniques are simpler than some existed results.
- Differential Equation
- Hilbert Space
- Positive Integer
- Real Number
- Differential Geometry
Throughout this paper, let be a real Hilbert space with inner product and norm , and let be on identity operator in . We shall denote by the set of all positive integers, by the set of all zeros of , that is, and by the set of all fixed points of , that is, . When is a sequence in , then (resp., , ) will denote strong (resp., weak, weak ) convergence of the sequence to .
In fact, theory of monotone operator is very important in nonlinear analysis and is connected with theory of differential equations. It is well known (see ) that many physically significant problems can be modeled by the initial-value problems of the form
where is a monotone operator in an appropriate space. Typical examples where such evolution equations occur can be found in the heat and wave equations or Schrodinger equations. On the other hand, a variety of problems, including convex programming and variational inequalities, can be formulated as finding a zero of monotone operators. Then the problem of finding a solution with has been investigated by many researchers; see, for example, Bruck , Rockafellar , Brézis and Lions , Reich [5, 6], Nevanlinna and Reich , Bruck and Reich , Jung and Takahashi , Khang , Minty , Xu , and others. Some of them dealt with the weak convergence of (1.4) and others proved strong convergence theorems by imposing strong assumptions on .
One popular method of solving is the proximal point algorithm of Rockafellar  which is recognized as a powerful and successful algorithm in finding a zero of monotone operators. Starting from any initial guess , this proximal point algorithm generates a sequence given by
where for all is the resolvent of on the space . Rockafellar's  proved the weak convergence of his algorithm (1.3) provided that the regularization sequence remains bounded away from zero and the error sequence satisfies the condition . G ler's example  however shows that in an infinite-dimensional Hilbert space, Rochafellar's algorithm (1.3) has only weak convergence. Recently several authors proposed modifications of Rochafellar's proximal point algorithm (1.3) to have strong convergence. For examples, Solodov and Svaiter  and Kamimura and Takahashi  studied a modified proximal point algorithm by an additional projection at each step of iteration. Lehdili and Moudafi  obtained the convergence of the sequence generated by the algorithm
where is viewed as a Tikhonov regularization of . Using the technique of variational distance, Lehdili and Moudafi  were able to prove convergence theorems for the algorithm (1.4) and its perturbed version, under certain conditions imposed upon the sequences and . For a maximal monotone operator , Xu  and Song and Yang  used the technique of nonexpansive mappings to get convergence theorems for defined by the perturbed version of the algorithm (1.4):
In this paper, under more relaxed conditions on the sequences and , we shall show that the sequence generated by (1.5) converges strongly to (where is the metric projection from onto ) and the sequence generated by (1.3) weakly converges to some . Moreover, our proof techniques are simpler than those of Lehdili and Moudafi , Xu , and Song and Yang .
In the rest of this paper, it is always assumed that is nonempty so that the metric projection from onto is well defined. It is known that is nonexpansive and characterized by the inequality: given and ; then if and only if
In order to facilitate our investigation in the next section we list a useful lemma.
Lemma 2.1 (see Xu [20, Lemma ]).
Let be a monotone operator on a Hilbert space . Then is a single-valued nonexpansive mapping from to . When is a nonempty closed convex subset of such that for all (here is closure of ), then we have for and all , and hence the following iteration is well defined
Let be a monotone operator on a Hilbert space with . Assume that is a nonempty closed convex subset of such that for all and for an anchor point and an initial value , is iteratively defined by (3.1). If and satisfy
The proof consists of the following steps:
Let be as Theorem 3.1 or 3.2. Suppose that is a monotone operator on satisfying the condition for all and for , is defined by (3.1). If is convex, then the sequence converges strongly to , where is the metric projection from onto .
As is weakly sequentially compact by the reflexivity of , and hence we may assume that there exists a subsequence of such that . Using the proof technique of Step 3 in Theorem 3.1, we must have that .
The remainder of the proof is the same as Theorem 4.1; we omit it.
The authors are grateful to the anonymous referee for his/her valuable suggestions which helps to improve this manuscript. This work is supported by Youth Science Foundation of Henan Normal University(2008qk02) and by Natural Science Research Projects (Basic Research Project) of Education Department of Henan Province (2009B110011, 2009B110001).
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