# New complexity analysis for primal-dual interior-point methods for self-scaled optimization problems

- Bo Kyung Choi
^{1}and - Gue Myung Lee
^{1}Email author

**2012**:213

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2012-213

© Choi and Lee; licensee Springer 2012

**Received: **30 June 2012

**Accepted: **7 November 2012

**Published: **26 November 2012

## Abstract

A linear optimization problem over a symmetric cone, defined in a Euclidean Jordan algebra and called a self-scaled optimization problem (SOP), is considered. We formulate an algorithm for a large-update primal-dual interior-point method (IPM) for the SOP by using a proximity function defined by a new kernel function, and we obtain the best known complexity results of the large-update IPM for the SOP by using the Euclidean Jordan algebra techniques.

**MSC:**90C51, 90C25, 65K05.

## Keywords

## 1 Introduction and preliminaries

Primal and dual interior-point methods (IPMs) have been well known as the most effective methods for solving wide classes of optimization problems, for example, the linear optimization (LO) problem, the quadratic optimization problem (QOP), the semidefinite optimization (SDO) problem, the second-order cone optimization (SOCO) problem, and the convex optimization problem (CP).

The so-called barrier update parameter *θ* in algorithms for IPMs plays an important role in both theory and practice of IPMs. Usually, if *θ* is a constant independent of the dimension of the problem, then the algorithm is called a *large-update* method. If it depends on the dimension, then the algorithm is said to be a *small-update* method. Large-update methods are much more efficient than small-update methods in practice [1], but have a worst-case iteration bound. Such a gap between theory and practice has been referred to as irony of IPMs [2]. Recently, many authors have tried to reduce the gap of the worst-case iteration bound between the large-update IPM and the small-update IPM.

Using self-regular proximity functions instead of a classical logarithmic barrier function, Peng *et al.* [3–5] improved the complexity of large-update IPMs for the LO problem, the SDO problem, and the SOCO problem. Bai *et al.* [6] introduced a new class of eligible kernel functions. The class was defined by some simple conditions on the kernel function and its derivatives. The best iteration bound for the LO problem, which was given by Bai *et al.* [6], is $\mathcal{O}(\sqrt{n}lognlog\frac{n}{\u03f5})$. Recently, Wang *et al.* [7] obtained the complexity result $\mathcal{O}(nlogn/\u03f5)$ for the SDO problem based on a simple kernel function. Bai and Wang [8] obtained the best known complexity result for the SOCO problem based on a parametric kernel function including the classical logarithmic function, the prototype regular kernel function, and the non-self-regular kernel function. Very recently, using the kernel function $\varphi (t)=({t}^{2}-1)/2+({e}^{{t}^{-q}-1}-1)/q$, Choi and Lee [9, 10] have obtained the complexity results of large-update primal-dual IPMs for SDO and SOCO, $\mathcal{O}(\sqrt{n}{(logn)}^{(q+1)/q}logn/\u03f5)$ and $\mathcal{O}(\sqrt{N}{(logN)}^{(q+1)/q}logN/\u03f5)$, respectively.

In this paper, we consider a linear optimization problem over a symmetric cone which is defined in a Euclidean Jordan algebra. Nesterov and Todd [11] proposed first this kind of an optimization problem under the name of convex programming for self-scaled cones and established the polynomial complexity of the primal-dual interior point method using the so-called NT (Nesterov-Todd) direction [12]. We call the linear optimization problem over the symmetric cone the self-scaled optimization problem (SOP).

Faybusovich first studied the SOP in view of a Euclidean Jordan algebra and gave a theoretical background for nondegeneracy assumptions and the uniqueness of solutions for Newton systems in IPMs for the SOP [13], presented a short-step path-following algorithm for a quadratic programming problem defined on the intersection of a symmetric cone with an affine subspace [14] and obtained complexity estimates for a long-step primal-dual interior-point algorithm for the optimization problem of the minimization of a linear function on a feasible set obtained as the intersection of an affine subspace and a symmetric cone [15]. SOPs include linear optimization problems, semidefinite optimization problems, second-order optimization problems, and various combinations of these types of problems as special cases. Schmieta and Alizadeh [16] extended primal-dual interior point algorithms for LOs, SDOs, and SOCOs to SOPs by using logarithmic barrier functions.

Baes raised an open question in his monograph [17] as follows: The theory of self-regular functions has been created for linear programming by Jiming Peng, Cornelius Roos, and Tamás Terlaky [5]. They subsequently extended it to second-order programming and semidefinite programming separately using implicitly the aforementioned construction. However, the unified treatment of this theory using the Jordan algebraic framework is not accomplished yet.

Choi and Lee [18] gave primal-dual interior point algorithms by using a very simple self-regular function $\psi (t)=\frac{1}{2}{(t-\frac{1}{t})}^{2}$, $t>0$ for the SOP and gave partial answers for the question of Baes. Very recently, Vieira [19, 20] gave complete answers for the open question of Baes by proving the *e*-convexity property of eligible kernel functions and, in particular, he presented the iteration complexity results for ten eligible kernel functions. Among ten kernel functions in [19], the best iteration complexity for a large-update method was obtained for $\psi (t)=\frac{{t}^{2}-1}{2}+\frac{{t}^{1-q}-1}{q-1}$ with $q=logr$, and its iteration complexity is $\mathcal{O}(\sqrt{r}logrlog\frac{r}{\u03f5})$, which is the best known one.

In this paper, we define a new eligible kernel function $\psi (t)=\frac{{t}^{2}-1}{2}+\frac{{e}^{p({t}^{-q}-1)}-1}{pq}$, $p\geqq 1$ and $q\geqq 1$ for $t>0$, which was modified from the one in [9, 10], and obtain the best known iteration complexity result for the large-update IPM of the SOP by using the analysis emphasized on the kernel function and the Euclidean Jordan algebra techniques. In our algorithm, we use the well-known lemma for the upper bound of the *μ*-update (see Lemma 3.1) instead of using Theorem 5.4 in [20]. The lemma makes our analysis in the outer while loop easy. We refer to Theorem 4.9 and Proposition 5.6 in [20] for complexity analysis. But we use Proposition 3.1 in [18] obtained from the technique of Sun and Sun [21] instead of using Proposition 5.7 in [20].

This paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we introduce our kernel functions, formulate the Newton system for the SOP, and present a useful inequality for our proximity function. In Section 3, we give an algorithm for the SOP and calculate an upper bound for the proximity function after *μ*-update. We calculate an upper bound for difference between proximity functions after one step in inner iterations and then determine our default step size for search directions. We present a worst-case iteration bound for our large-update primal-dual interior point method for the SOP.

Now, we give definitions and preliminary properties for a Euclidean Jordan algebra which are found in [22] and will be used in the next sections.

**Definition 1.1** ([22])

A finite-dimensional real vector space *V* is called an algebra if a bilinear mapping $(x,y)\to x\circ y$ from $V\times V$ to *V* is defined.

*V*is called a Jordan algebra if the following hold:

- (i)
commutativity: for all $x,y\in V$, $x\circ y=y\circ x$;

- (ii)
Jordan’s axiom: for all $x,y\in V$, ${x}^{2}\circ (x\circ y)=x\circ ({x}^{2}\circ y)$, where ${x}^{2}=x\circ x$.

*V*is said to be Euclidean if

- (iii)
${x}^{2}+{y}^{2}=0\Rightarrow x=y=0$, equivalently, there exists an inner product $(\cdot |\cdot )$ on

*V*such that $(x\circ y|z)=(y|x\circ z)$.

*V*is simple if it does not contain any non-trivial ideal. The Jordan algebra may not be associative, but it is power-associative,

*i.e.*, ${x}^{p}\circ {x}^{q}={x}^{p+q}$. We assume a Jordan algebra

*V*has an identity element,

*i.e.*, there exists

*e*such that $x\circ e=e\circ x=x$. Since

*V*is finite-dimensional, given $x\in V$, there exists a minimal positive integer

*k*such that the vectors $e,x,\dots ,{x}^{k}$ are linearly dependent. Denote this integer $m(x)$. We define the rank of

*V*as

*V*defined as $L(x)y=x\circ y$. The cone of squares

- (i)
for every pair of $x,y\in int\overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}$, there is an invertible linear transformation $L:V\to V$ such that $L(\overline{\mathrm{\Omega}})=\overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}$ and $L(x)=y$;

- (ii)
${\overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}}^{\ast}=\overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}$, where ${\overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}}^{\ast}:=\{y\in V\mid (x,y)\geqq 0,\text{for any}x\in \overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}\}$.

Let $\mathrm{\Omega}=int\overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}$. Then $\mathrm{\Omega}=\{{x}^{2}\mid x\in V\text{is invertible}\}=\{x\in V\mid L(x)\text{is positive definite}\}$.

**Definition 1.2** ([22])

**Theorem 1.1** (Theorem III.1.2 in [22])

*For every*$x\in V$,

*there exist a Jordan frame*$\{{c}_{1}(x),\dots ,{c}_{r}(x)\}$

*and real numbers*${\lambda}_{1}(x),\dots ,{\lambda}_{r}(x)$

*such that*

*x*, and (1) is called the eigenvalue (or spectral) decomposition of

*x*. Now, it is possible to extend the definition of any real-valued function $\psi (\cdot )$ to elements of the Euclidean Jordan algebra via their eigenvalues:

- (i)
Square root: ${x}^{1/2}={\lambda}_{1}^{1/2}(x){c}_{1}(x)+\cdots +{\lambda}_{r}^{1/2}(x){c}_{r}(x)$ if all ${\lambda}_{i}(x)\geqq 0$.

- (ii)
Inverse: ${x}^{-1}={\lambda}_{1}^{-1}(x){c}_{1}(x)+\cdots +{\lambda}_{r}^{-1}(x){c}_{r}(x)$ if all ${\lambda}_{i}(x)\ne 0$.

- (iii)
Square: ${x}^{2}={\lambda}_{1}^{2}(x){c}_{1}(x)+\cdots +{\lambda}_{r}^{2}(x){c}_{r}(x)$.

*x*and the trace of

*x*as follows:

Since *V* is a Euclidean Jordan algebra, $\u3008x,y\u3009:=tr(x\circ y)$ is a scalar product on *V* (see Proposition III.1.5 in [22]). The following lemma is called the second Pierce decomposition theorem which will be used in Section 3.

**Lemma 1.1** (Theorem IV.2.1 in [22], Theorem 2.6.6 (Second Pierce decomposition theorem) in [17])

*Let*$\{{c}_{1},\dots ,{c}_{r}\}$

*be a Jordan frame of*

*V*.

*If*

*we have*

- (i)
$V={\u2a01}_{1\leqq i\leqq j\leqq r}{V}_{ij}$;

- (ii)
${V}_{ij}\circ {V}_{kl}=\{0\}$,

*if*$\{i,j\}\cap \{k,l\}=\mathrm{\varnothing}$; - (iii)
${V}_{ij}\circ {V}_{jk}\subset {V}_{ik}$,

*if*$i\ne k$; - (iv)
$tr({v}_{ik})=0$,

*for*${v}_{ik}\in {V}_{ik}$*if*$i\ne k$.

*A*is surjective. Then its adjoint ${A}^{T}$ is injective and ${A}^{T}y={\sum}_{i=1}^{m}{y}_{i}{a}_{i}$, where $y={({y}_{1},\dots ,{y}_{m})}^{T}\in {\mathbb{R}}^{m}$. So, we can reformulate (P) and (D) as follows:

We can check that weak duality between (P) and (D) holds, that is, $inf(\mathrm{P})\geqq sup(\mathrm{D})$. From now on, we assume that both (P) and (D) satisfy the interior-point condition (IPC), that is, there exists $({x}^{0},{y}^{0},{s}^{0})$ such that $A{x}^{0}=b$, ${x}^{0}\in \mathrm{\Omega}$, ${A}^{T}{y}^{0}+{s}^{0}=c$, ${s}^{0}\in \mathrm{\Omega}$. Then there exists a pair of optimal solutions $(x,y,s)$ of (P) and (D), and $inf(\mathrm{P})=sup(\mathrm{D})$ [11, 23].

The following lemma is well known [13, 17, 22, 24].

**Lemma 1.2**

*For*$x,s\in V$,

*the following statements are equivalent*:

- (i)
$x,s\in \overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}$

*and*$\u3008x,s\u3009=0$; - (ii)
$x,s\in \overline{\mathrm{\Omega}}$

*and*$x\circ s=0$.

*complementarity condition*for the SOP, by the parameterized system with a positive parameter

*μ*:

**Lemma 1.3** ([16])

*Let* $x,s\in \mathrm{\Omega}$ *and* *p* *be invertible*. *Then* $x\circ s=\mu e$ *if and only if* ${Q}_{p}x\circ {Q}_{{p}^{-1}}s=\mu e$.

**Proposition 1.1** (Proposition 18 in [16])

*If* $x,s\in \mathrm{\Omega}$, *then* ${Q}_{x}s\in \mathrm{\Omega}$.

Let $x,s\in \mathrm{\Omega}$. Then there uniquely exists $p\in \mathrm{\Omega}$ such that ${Q}_{{p}^{2}}x=s$ [25, 26]. So, we can choose $p\in \mathrm{\Omega}$ such that ${Q}_{p}x={Q}_{{p}^{-1}}s$. Such a choice exists and is unique, and leads to the Nesterov-Todd (NT) method.

Then, for each $\mu >0$, the parameterized system (6) has a unique solution $(x(\mu ),y(\mu ),s(\mu ))$ [11, 27], which is called a *μ*-center of (P) and (D). The set of *μ*-centers, that is, $\mathcal{C}=\{(x(\mu ),y(\mu ),s(\mu ))\mid \mu >0\}$, is said to be the *central path* of (P) and (D). Therefore, as *μ* tends to zero, $(x(\mu ),y(\mu ),s(\mu ))$ converges to a pair of optimal solutions of (P) and (D) [13, 28].

In general, IPMs for the SOP consist of two strategies. The first one, which is called the inner iteration scheme, is to keep the iterative sequence in a certain neighborhood of the central path or to keep the iterative sequence in a certain neighborhood of the *μ*-center. And the second one, called the outer iteration scheme, is to decrease the parameter *μ* to ${\mu}_{+}:=(1-\theta )\mu $ for some $\theta \in (0,1)$.

## 2 Proximity functions and search directions

Newton’s method is a well-known procedure to solve a system of nonlinear equations. Most IPMs for solving the SOP employ different search directions together with suitable strategies for following the central path appropriately.

*μ*to ${\mu}_{+}:=(1-\theta )\mu $ for some fixed $\theta \in (0,1)$ and linearize the Newton system for (6) by replacing

*x*,

*y*,

*s*with ${x}_{+}:=x+\mathrm{\Delta}x$, ${y}_{+}:=y+\mathrm{\Delta}y$, ${s}_{+}:=s+\mathrm{\Delta}s$, respectively. Then we get the following system in [16]:

We say that the above $(dx,\mathrm{\Delta}y,ds)$ is called the NT search direction for the SOP. Furthermore, $\u3008dx,ds\u3009=0$, which is coming from the first and second equations of (10) or from the orthogonality of Δ*x* and Δ*s*.

*i.e.*, $x\circ s=\mu e$) and $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)>0$, otherwise. Replacing the right-hand side of the last equation in (10) by $-{\psi}^{\prime}(v)$, we have the following system from (10):

The following lemma gives a lower bound of *σ* in terms of $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)$.

**Lemma 2.1**

*For any*$v\in \mathrm{\Omega}$,

*Proof*Since (11) satisfies $2\psi (t)\leqq {({\psi}^{\prime}(t))}^{2}$ and ${\sigma}^{2}={\sum}_{i=1}^{r}{({\psi}^{\prime}({\lambda}_{i}(v)))}^{2}$,

This completes the proof. □

Also, our new kernel function (11) satisfies the following exponential convexity property.

**Lemma 2.2**

*Let*${t}_{1}>0$

*and*${t}_{2}>0$.

*Then*

The following proposition can be found in [20], but for the completeness, we give its proof.

**Proposition 2.1** (Theorem 4.9 in [20])

*Let*Ψ

*be the proximity function defined in*(13),

*then for any*$x,s\in \mathrm{\Omega}$,

*Proof*Since ${Q}_{{x}^{1/2}}s\in \mathrm{\Omega}$,

□

## 3 Algorithm and its complexity analysis

Now, we explain our algorithm for the large-update primal-dual IPM for the SOP. Assuming that a starting point in a certain neighborhood of the central path is available, we can set out from this point. Then, we will go to the outer ‘while loop’. If *μ* satisfies $r\mu \geqq \u03f5$, then it is reduced by the factor $1-\theta $, where $\theta \in (0,1)$. Then, we make use of the inner ‘while loop’, and we repeat the procedure until we find iterates that are ‘close’ to $(x(\mu ),y(\mu ),s(\mu ))$, that is, the proximity $\mathrm{\Phi}(x,s;\mu )<\tau $. Here, we apply Newton’s method targeting at the new *μ*-centers to decide a search direction $(\mathrm{\Delta}x,\mathrm{\Delta}y,\mathrm{\Delta}s)$. We return to the outer ‘while loop’. The whole process is repeated until *μ* is small enough, say until $r\mu <\u03f5$.

The choice of the step size *α* is another crucial issue in the analysis of the algorithm. It has to be taken so that the closeness of the iterates to the current *μ*-center can improve by a sufficient amount. In the algorithm, the inner ‘while loop’ is called the *inner iteration* and the outer ‘while loop’ is called the *outer iteration*. Each outer iteration consists of an update of the parameter *μ* and a sequence of (one or more) inner iterations. The total number of inner iterations is the worst-case iteration bound for our algorithm.

### 3.1 Bound of the proximity function after *μ*-update

We have $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)\leqq \tau $ before the update of *μ* with the factor $1-\theta $ at the start of each outer iteration. After updating *μ* in an outer iteration, the vector *v* is divided by the factor $\sqrt{1-\theta}$, which in general leads to an increase in the value of $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)$. Then during the inner iteration, the value of $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)$ decreases until it passes the threshold *τ*.

As we mentioned, our kernel function (11) is eligible. To obtain an upper bound for a *μ*-updated proximity function in each outer iteration in the algorithm, we use the well-known Lemma 3.1, which can be induced from the decreasing part of the kernel function, instead of using theorems which can be obtained from some properties for eligible functions (for example, Theorem 3.2 in [6] and Theorem 5.4 in [20]). Both of the following lemmas make our analysis in the outer while loop easy. And we will show a theorem that an upper bound for $\mathrm{\Psi}(\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-\theta}}v)$ is expressed with $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)$ by using the following two lemmas.

**Lemma 3.1**

*Let*$\beta \geqq 1$.

*Then*

*Proof*Define ${\psi}_{b}(t):=\frac{{e}^{p({t}^{-q}-1)}-1}{pq}$. Then ${\psi}_{b}(t)$ is monotonically decreasing in

*t*. So, we can easily obtain

□

**Lemma 3.2**

*For any*$v\in \mathrm{\Omega}$,

*then*

*Proof*Since $\frac{{e}^{p({t}^{-q}-1)}}{pq}$ is positive and $pq\geqq 1$, the kernel function (11) has a lower bound as follows:

This implies $\frac{1}{2}{\sum}_{i=1}^{r}{\lambda}_{i}^{2}(v)\leqq \mathrm{\Psi}(v)+2r$. □

**Theorem 3.1**

*Let*

*θ*

*be such that*$0<\theta <1$.

*Then*,

*for any*$v\in \mathrm{\Omega}$,

*Proof*From Lemma 3.1 with $\beta =\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-\theta}}$ and Lemma 3.2,

the last inequality comes from $\theta \in (0,1)$. □

*μ*,

### 3.2 Determining a default step size

*α*such that the proximity function is decreasing and is bound for the decrease during inner iterations; then we give our default step size $\overline{\alpha}$; $\overline{\alpha}={(3(1+3\sigma (1+pq+q){(1+{p}^{-1}log3\sigma )}^{(q+1)/q}))}^{-1}$. We will show that the step size not only keeps the iterates feasible but also gives rise to a sufficiently large decrease in the barrier function $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)$ in each inner iteration. Let us denote the difference between the proximity before and after one step by a function of the step size, that is,

The main task in the rest of this section is to study the decreasing behavior of $f(\alpha )$.

*x*,

*s*in (9) and (8) replaced by ${x}_{+}:=x+\alpha \mathrm{\Delta}x$, ${s}_{+}:=s+\alpha \mathrm{\Delta}s$, respectively, which is as follows:

**Lemma 3.3** (Proposition II.3.3 in [22])

*Let*

*x*

*and*

*s*

*be elements in*

*V*.

*Then*

- (i)
${({Q}_{x}s)}^{-1}={Q}_{{x}^{-1}}{s}^{-1}$

*if**x**and**s**are invertible*. - (ii)
${Q}_{{Q}_{s}x}={Q}_{s}{Q}_{x}{Q}_{s}$.

**Lemma 3.4** ([16])

*Let*$x,s,p\in \mathrm{\Omega}$.

*Then*

- (i)
${Q}_{{x}^{1/2}}s$

*and*${Q}_{{s}^{1/2}}x$*have the same eigenvalues*. - (ii)
${Q}_{{x}^{1/2}}s$

*and*${Q}_{{({Q}_{p}x)}^{1/2}}({Q}_{{p}^{-1}}s)$*have the same eigenvalues*.

The following proposition was given by Vieira in [20] (see Proposition 5.6 in [20]), but we provide its proof using Lemma 3.3 and Lemma 3.4.

**Proposition 3.1**

*Let*Ψ

*be the proximity function defined in*(13).

*Then we have*

*Proof*From ${Q}_{{p}^{-1}}s={Q}_{p}x$ and (i) in Lemma 3.4, we know that ${Q}_{p}x$ and ${Q}_{{x}^{1/2}}{p}^{2}$ have the same eigenvalues. By the definition of

*p*and (ii) in Lemma 3.3,

Then we can find ${Q}_{{p}_{+}^{-1}}{s}_{+}$ and ${({Q}_{{x}_{+}^{1/2}}{s}_{+})}^{1/2}$ have the same eigenvalues. Here, $\sqrt{\mu}{v}_{+}={Q}_{{p}_{+}^{-1}}{s}_{+}$. We know that ${x}_{+}=\sqrt{\mu}{Q}_{{p}^{-1}}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx)$ and ${s}_{+}=\sqrt{\mu}{Q}_{p}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds)$, by the definition (8) and by (ii) in Lemma 3.4, then ${({Q}_{{x}_{+}^{1/2}}{s}_{+})}^{1/2}=\sqrt{\mu}{(Q{({Q}_{{p}^{-1}}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx))}^{1/2}({Q}_{p}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds)))}^{1/2}$ and $\sqrt{\mu}{({Q}_{{(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx)}^{1/2}}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds))}^{1/2}$ have the same eigenvalues. Therefore, the proximity function satisfies the equality. □

The following lemma is obtained from Lemma 14 in [16] so that we can get the common lower bound of eigenvalues of $v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx$ and $v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds$, where *α* satisfies $v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx\in \mathrm{\Omega}$ and $v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds\in \mathrm{\Omega}$.

**Lemma 3.5**

*For any*$\alpha \in (0,\frac{{\lambda}_{min}(v)}{\sigma})$,

*where* *σ* *is a number defined in* (15).

*Proof*Let

*α*be a fixed number in $(0,\frac{{\lambda}_{min}(v)}{\sigma})$. From Lemma 14 in [16],

□

The proof of the following proposition can be found in [18], but for the completeness, we give its detailed proof.

**Proposition 3.2** ([18])

*Suppose that the functions*$\psi (x)$

*and*$\mathrm{\Psi}(x)$

*are defined by*(2)

*and*(13),

*respectively*.

*Then*,

*for any*$\alpha \in (0,\frac{{\lambda}_{min}(v)}{\sigma})$,

*where*

So, the first equality holds.

*ψ*by ${\psi}^{\prime}$.

*dx*along Lemma 1.1 such as $dx={\sum}_{1\leqq i\leqq k\leqq r}d{x}_{ik}$ for the system of idempotent $\{{c}_{1}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx),\dots ,{c}_{r}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx)\}$. Then, for $j<l$,

*i*, ${(tr({c}_{i}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx)\circ dx))}^{2}$ are nonnegative and for each

*j*,

*l*with $j<l$, $tr(({c}_{j}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx)\circ dx)\circ ({c}_{l}(v+\alpha \phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}dx)\circ dx))$ are nonnegative, we get from (18) and (19)

Thus, we have the conclusion. □

The next result presents an upper bound for the second derivative of ${f}_{1}(\alpha )$ which is usable for establishing the polynomial complexity of the algorithm.

**Proposition 3.3**

*For any*$\alpha \in (0,\frac{{\lambda}_{min}(v)}{\sigma})$,

*Proof*Since ${\psi}^{\u2033}(t)$ is a decreasing function on $t\in (0,\mathrm{\infty})$, using Lemma 3.5 and the mean value theorem, we have

□

*α*such that the proximity measure is decreasing when we take a new iterate for fixed

*μ*, we want to calculate the step size

*α*which satisfies that ${f}_{2}^{\prime}(\alpha )\leqq 0$ holds with

*α*as large as possible. Since ${f}_{2}^{\u2033}(\alpha )>0$, that is, ${f}_{2}^{\prime}(\alpha )$ is monotonically increasing at

*α*, the largest possible value at

*α*satisfying ${f}_{2}^{\prime}(\alpha )\leqq 0$ occurs when ${f}_{2}^{\prime}(\alpha )=0$, that is,

*α*gets smaller with fixed

*σ*. Note that

In that case, the largest *α* satisfying (20) is minimal. For our purpose, we need to deal with the worse case, and so we assume that (21) holds.

*ρ*and (22), the largest step size

*α*of the worse case is given as follows:

For the purpose of finding an upper bound of $f(\alpha )$, we need a default step size $\overline{\alpha}$ that is the lower bound of the ${\alpha}^{\ast}$ and consists of *σ*.

**Lemma 3.6**

*Let*$\sigma \geqq 1$.

*Then*,

*for*$0<t\leqq \rho (\frac{4}{3}\sigma )$,

*Proof*From ${\psi}^{\prime}(t)=t-{t}^{-q-1}\cdot {e}^{p({t}^{-q}-1)}$, let $-{\psi}_{b}^{\prime}(t)={t}^{-q-1}\cdot {e}^{p({t}^{-q}-1)}$ and let $\underline{\rho}:[1,\mathrm{\infty})\to (0,1]$ denote the inverse function of the restriction of $-{\psi}_{b}^{\prime}(t)$ to the interval $(0,1]$. Let $\rho (\frac{4}{3}\sigma )=\tilde{t}$. Then $0<\tilde{t}\leqq 1$ and $\frac{4}{3}\sigma =-{\psi}^{\prime}(\tilde{t})=-\tilde{t}-{\psi}_{b}^{\prime}(\tilde{t})$. So, $-{\psi}_{b}^{\prime}(\tilde{t})=\tilde{t}+\frac{4}{3}\sigma \leqq 1+2\sigma \leqq 3\sigma $. Since $\underline{\rho}$ is a decreasing function, $(\rho (\frac{4}{3}\sigma )=\tilde{t}=)\underline{\rho}(-{\psi}_{b}^{\prime}(\tilde{t}))\geqq \underline{\rho}(3\sigma )$. Let $\underline{\rho}(3\sigma )=\stackrel{\u02c6}{t}$. Then

the last inequality comes from $\stackrel{\u02c6}{t}\in (0,1]$ and (25). □

Now, we present a lower bound of the value of ${\alpha}^{\ast}$.

**Theorem 3.2**

*Let*${\alpha}^{\ast}$

*be as defined in*(23).

*Then*

*Proof*Since $-{\psi}^{\prime}(\rho (\sigma ))=\sigma $, taking the derivative of

*σ*at both sides, we get

where the inequality follows from $\sigma \leqq \xi \leqq \frac{4}{3}\sigma $ and *ρ* and ${\psi}^{\u2033}$ are monotonically decreasing. Also, by Lemma 3.6, we can complete the proof. □

We will use $\overline{\alpha}$ as the default step size in our algorithm.

### 3.3 Decrease of the proximity function during an inner iteration

Now, we show that our proximity function Ψ with our default step size $\overline{\alpha}$ is decreasing. It can be easily established by using the following result.

**Lemma 3.7** ([4])

*Let*$h(t)$

*be a twice differentiable convex function with*$h(0)=0$, ${h}^{\prime}(0)<0$

*and let*$h(t)$

*attain its*(

*global*)

*minimum at*${t}^{\ast}>0$.

*If*${h}^{\u2033}(t)$

*is increasing for*$t\in [0,{t}^{\ast}]$,

*then*

Since ${f}_{2}^{\prime}(0)=-\frac{{\sigma}^{2}}{2}$, we can obtain the upper bound for the decreasing value of the proximity in the inner iteration by Lemma 3.7.

**Theorem 3.3**

*Let*$\overline{\alpha}$

*be the default step size as defined in*(26).

*Then we have*

*Proof*Since ${f}_{2}^{\prime}(0)=-\frac{{\sigma}^{2}}{2}$ and $\overline{\alpha}\in [0,{\alpha}^{\ast}]$, we have

*σ*. Since the decrease depends monotonically on

*σ*, we can express the decrease in terms of $\mathrm{\Psi}=\mathrm{\Psi}(v)$ by Lemma 2.1 as follows:

where the inequality follows from ${\mathrm{\Psi}}_{0}\geqq \mathrm{\Psi}\geqq \tau \geqq 1$. The theorem is satisfied. □

### 3.4 Iteration bound

*μ*-update. We denote the value of $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)$ after

*μ*-update as ${\mathrm{\Psi}}_{0}$; the subsequent values in the same outer iteration are denoted as ${\mathrm{\Psi}}_{k}$, $k=1,\dots $ . If

*K*denotes the total number of inner iterations in the outer iteration, then we have

At this stage, we invoke Lemma 14 in [4].

**Lemma 3.8** ([4])

*Let*${t}_{0},{t}_{1},\dots ,{t}_{K}$

*be a sequence of positive numbers such that*

*where*$\beta >0$

*and*$0<\gamma \leqq 1$.

*Then*

Letting ${t}_{k}={\mathrm{\Psi}}_{k}$, $\beta =\frac{1}{6+18\sqrt{2}(1+pq+q){(1+\frac{1}{p}log3\sqrt{2{\mathrm{\Psi}}_{0}})}^{\frac{q+1}{q}}}$ and $\gamma =\frac{1}{2}$, we can get the following lemma from Lemma 3.8.

**Lemma 3.9**

*Let*

*K*

*be the total number of inner iterations in the outer iteration*.

*Then we have*

*where* ${\mathrm{\Psi}}_{0}$ *is the value of* $\mathrm{\Psi}(v)$ *after the* *μ*-*update in the outer iteration*.

Now, we estimate the total number of iterations of our algorithm.

**Theorem 3.4**

*If*$\tau \geqq 1$

*and*$0<\theta <1$,

*the total number of iterations is not more than*

*Proof*In the algorithm, $r\mu \geqq \u03f5$, ${\mu}_{k}:={(1-\theta )}^{k}{\mu}_{0}$ and ${\mu}_{0}=1$. By simple computation, we have

Multiplication of this result by the number in the above lemma satisfies the theorem. □

*θ*a constant (not depending on

*r*), namely $\frac{1}{\theta}=\mathrm{\Theta}(1)$. With $\tau =\mathcal{O}(r)$, the best complexity of the primal-dual interior-point method for a linear optimization problem based on our new proximity function with $p=logr$ and $q=1$ is given by

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### Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2012-0006236).

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