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# A new extragradient-like method for solving variational inequality problems

- Na Huang
^{1}, - Changfeng Ma
^{1}Email author and - Zhenggang Liu
^{2}

**2012**:223

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2012-223

© Huang et al.; licensee Springer. 2012

**Received: **20 August 2012

**Accepted: **16 November 2012

**Published: **10 December 2012

## Abstract

In this paper, we present a new extragradient-like method for the classical variational inequality problem based on our constructed novel descent direction. Furthermore, we show the global convergence and R-linear convergence rate of the new method under certain conditions. Numerical results also confirm the good theoretical properties of our approach.

**MSC:**90C33, 65K10.

## Keywords

- variational inequality problem
- extragradient-like method
- global convergence
- R-linear convergence
- numerical experiment

## 1 Introduction

where *F* is a continuous mapping from ${R}^{n}$ into ${R}^{n}$, *K* is a nonempty closed convex subset of ${R}^{n}$, and $\u3008\cdot ,\cdot \u3009$ is the usual Euclidean inner product in ${R}^{n}$. We denote problem (1.1) by $\mathrm{VI}(F,K)$ and its solution set by ${K}^{\ast}$. $\mathrm{VI}(F,K)$ was first introduced by Hartman and Stampacchia (see [1]) in 1966, primarily with the goal of computing stationary points for nonlinear programs. It provides a broad unifying setting for the study of optimization and equilibrium problems and servers as the main computational framework for the practical solution of a host of continuum problems in the mathematical sciences. It has a wide range of important applications in economics, engineering, operations research *etc.*; we will not dwell further on this. The problem we are interested in is how to find the vector ${x}^{\ast}\in {K}^{\ast}$.

*K*, and $\alpha >0$ is a fixed number. Korpelevich (see [10]) combined two neighboring iterations in (1.2) and then got a new projection method:

That is the extragradient method which has R-linear convergence rate. The vector $-F({\overline{x}}^{k})$ in (1.3) is the descent direction of $f(x)=\frac{1}{2}{\parallel x-{x}^{\ast}\parallel}^{2}$ ($x\in K$, ${x}^{\ast}\in {K}^{\ast}$) at a point ${x}^{k}$ under certain conditions, which is the key to the convergence of the algorithm. There are several studies on the descent direction. To our knowledge, just five descent directions are found so far (see [9, 11–28]). In this paper, we construct a novel descent direction and present a new extragradient-like method based on the direction. Furthermore, we prove that the new method has the same R-linear convergence rate as the extragradient method. Some numerical experiments are given to prove our analysis.

The rest of this article is organized as follows. In Section 2, some preliminaries are stated and an extragradient-like method is proposed. In Section 3, the global convergence and the local convergence rate of the algorithm are proved. The results of some preliminary experiments on a few test examples are reported in Section 4, and the conclusions are given in Section 5.

## 2 Preliminaries and algorithm

We first provide some necessary conclusions from convex analysis and related papers.

**Definition 2.1**

*K*is a nonempty closed convex subset of ${R}^{n}$, $x\in K$ is the projection of $y\in {R}^{n}$ onto

*K*if

Then call *x* as ${P}_{K}[y]$.

**Definition 2.2**$C\subset {R}^{n}$ is a nonempty subset, $F(x)$ is a mapping from

*C*into ${R}^{n}$. $F(x)$ is pseudomonotone on

*C*if for all $x,y\in C$, $x\ne y$, the following implication relation is established:

**Lemma 2.1**

*The variational inequality*(1.1)

*has a solution*${x}^{\ast}\in {K}^{\ast}$

*if and only if*${x}^{\ast}$

*satisfies the relation*

*where* $\alpha >0$ *is a constant and* ${P}_{K}[\cdot ]$ *is an orthogonal projection from* ${R}^{n}$ *onto* *K*.

This alternative equivalent formulation has played an important role in studying the existence of a solution and suggesting the projection-type algorithms for solving variational inequalities. To prove the convergence and convergence rate of our algorithm later, the other two lemmas are presented here.

**Lemma 2.2** (Property 3.1.1 in [29])

*Let*${P}_{K}[\cdot ]$

*be the projection from*${R}^{n}$

*onto*

*K*,

*then for*$y,z\in {R}^{n}$,

*Specially*,

*it follows from the Cauchy*-

*Schwarz inequality that*

**Lemma 2.3** (Property 3.1.3 in [29])

*Let*${P}_{K}[\cdot ]$

*be the projection from*${R}^{n}$

*onto*

*K*,

*take*$x\in K$

*and*$d\in {R}^{n}$

*arbitrarily*,

*then*

- (1)
$\frac{\parallel x-{P}_{K}[x-\alpha d]\parallel}{\alpha}$

*is monotonic nonincreasing on the variable*$\alpha >0$. - (2)
$\parallel x-{P}_{K}[x-\alpha d]\parallel $

*is monotonic nondecreasing on the variable*$\alpha >0$.

**Lemma 2.4**

*For any*$\alpha >0$

*and*$x\in {R}^{n}$,

*where* $e(x,\alpha )=x-{P}_{K}[x-\alpha F(x)]$.

*Proof*If $\alpha \le 1$, from Lemma 2.3, we know that $\parallel e(x,\alpha )\parallel $ is monotonic nondecreasing and $\frac{\parallel e(x,\alpha )\parallel}{\alpha}$ is monotonic nonincreasing on the variable $\alpha >0$. Then we have

Combining the above two inequalities, we can easily get the result.

From the same argument, we can get the result if $\alpha >1$. Summing up the two cases completes the proof. □

Now, we begin to establish the following iterative method for solving problem (1.1).

**Algorithm 2.1** (A new extragradient-like method)

Step 0 (Initialization) Choose the initial values ${x}^{0}\in {R}^{n}$, $l\in (0,1)$, $\mu \in (0,1)$ and $\theta \in (0,1]$, take the stopping criterion $\u03f5>0$. Set $k:=0$.

*m*such that

Step 3 If $\parallel {x}^{k+1}-{x}^{k}\parallel \le \u03f5$, then stop; otherwise, set $k:=k+1$ go to Step 1.

**Remark 2.1** To our knowledge, the search direction ${d}^{k}$ in Algorithm 2.1 is new; moreover, $-{d}^{k}$ is a descent direction of $f(x)=\frac{1}{2}{\parallel x-{x}^{\ast}\parallel}^{2}$ ($x\in K$, ${x}^{\ast}\in {K}^{\ast}$) at a point ${x}^{k}$ under certain conditions. We will prove it in the next section.

**Remark 2.2**If $F({x}^{k})=0$, then $\u3008F({x}^{k}),x-{x}^{\ast}\u3009=0$, $\mathrm{\forall}x\in K$, namely ${x}^{k}\in {K}^{\ast}$, so the algorithm will be stopped. Therefore, $F({x}^{k})\ne 0$ when the algorithm is running, by (2.2) and Lemma 2.2, we have

Thus by (2.4) we get $\parallel {d}^{k}\parallel >0$ in the algorithm, that is, Step 2 of Algorithm 2.1 is well posed.

## 3 Convergence analysis

In this section, we discuss the convergence and convergence rate of Algorithm 2.1. Firstly, we prove an important lemma.

**Lemma 3.1**

*Assume that*$F(x)$

*is pseudomonotone on*

*K*

*and*${K}^{\ast}$

*is nonempty*.

*If*${x}^{k}\in K$

*is not a solution to problem*(1.1),

*then for any*${x}^{\ast}\in {K}^{\ast}$,

*Proof*Take ${x}^{\ast}\in {K}^{\ast}$ arbitrarily. As ${x}^{\ast}\in {K}^{\ast}$, we have

which completes the proof. □

By using Lemma 3.1 and the proof technique usual in projection-type methods, we easily conclude the global convergence of Algorithm 2.1.

**Theorem 3.1**

*Assume that*$F(x)$

*is continuous and pseudomonotone on*

*K*

*and*${K}^{\ast}$

*is nonempty*.

*If*$\{{x}^{k}\}$

*and*$\{{\overline{x}}^{k}\}$

*are two infinite sequences produced by Algorithm*2.1,

*then*

*and* $\{{x}^{k}\}$ *converges to a solution of problem* (1.1).

*Proof*For any ${x}^{\ast}\in {K}^{\ast}$, it follows from (2.3), (2.5), Lemma 2.2 and Lemma 3.1 that for all

*k*,

*K*, ${P}_{K}[\cdot ]$ is continuous on ${R}^{n}$ and $\{{x}^{k}\}\subseteq K$ is bounded, the sequence $\{{\overline{x}}^{k}\}$ is bounded, thereby the sequence $\{{d}^{k}\}$ is bounded. Then we have

and then we get the (3.7). Suppose ${lim}_{{k}_{i}\to \mathrm{\infty}}{x}^{{k}_{i}}={x}^{\mathrm{\infty}}$, we will prove that ${x}^{\mathrm{\infty}}\in {K}^{\ast}$.

thus, $\{{x}^{k}\}$ converges to a solution of problem (1.1). □

From Theorem 3.1, we can easily get the following result.

**Corollary 3.1**

*Assume that*$F(x)$

*is continuous and pseudomonotone on*

*K*

*and*${K}^{\ast}$

*is nonempty*.

*If*$\{{x}^{k}\}$

*is an infinite sequence produced by Algorithm*2.1,

*then*

*Proof*From (2.3), (2.5) and Lemma 2.2, we have

That is, $\parallel {x}^{k+1}-{x}^{k}\parallel \to 0$ as $k\to +\mathrm{\infty}$. □

The above corollary shows that Algorithm 2.1 is terminable. The following theorem implies that Algorithm 2.1 has R-linear convergence rate.

**Theorem 3.2**

*Assume that variational inequality problem*$\mathrm{VI}(F,K)$

*meets the following conditions*:

- (a)
$F(x)$

*is pseudomonotone on**K**and*${K}^{\ast}$*is nonempty*; - (b)
$F(x)$

*is Lipschitz continuous on**K**with Lip*-*constant*$L>0$; - (c)
*the local error bound holds*,*that is*,*there exist constants*$\tau >1$*and*$\delta >0$*such that*$dist(x,{K}^{\ast})\le \tau \parallel e(x,1)\parallel ,\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall}x\in K,\phantom{\rule{0.1em}{0ex}}\mathit{\text{with}}\phantom{\rule{0.1em}{0ex}}\parallel e(x,1)\parallel \le \delta .$(3.9)

*If* $\{{x}^{k}\}$ *is an infinite sequence produced by Algorithm * 2.1, *then it converges to a solution of* (1.1) *R*-*linearly*.

*Proof*From the condition (b) and (2.2), we can easily get

Thus, $\{dist({x}^{k},{K}^{\ast})\}$ converge to zero at a Q-linear rate, then the desired result follows. □

## 4 Numerical examples

In this section, we present some examples to illustrate the efficiency and performance of the newly developed method (Algorithm 2.1) (denoted by HMM). This new method was compared with the classical extragradient method (denoted by EGM) in the number of iterations (Iter.), CPU time (CPU) and residual error (Err.). All computations were done using the PC with Intel(R) Core(TM)i3 CPU M370 @ 2.40 GHz. All the programming is implemented in MATLAB R2011b.

Throughout the computational experiments, unless otherwise stated, the parameters in Algorithm 2.1 were set as $l=0.65$ and $\mu =0.95$. As the descent direction ${d}^{k}$ changes with the parameter *θ*, we use different *θ* in different experiments and then find something interesting.

**Example 4.1**This test problem is from Ahn (see [30]). Let $F(x)=Mx+q$, where

*n*. The test results are listed in Table 1.

**Numerical results for Example 4.1**

DIM | EGM | HMM | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Iter. | Err. | CPU | Iter. | Err. | CPU | |

256 | 131 | 9.96e−007 | 1.3014 | 20 | 6.30e−007 | 0.2013 |

512 | 136 | 9.08e−007 | 6.2570 | 20 | 6.41e−007 | 0.9330 |

1024 | 139 | 9.86e−007 | 24.6350 | 20 | 6.71e−007 | 3.5909 |

2048 | 143 | 9.47e−007 | 99.7605 | 20 | 6.81e−007 | 14.2013 |

4096 | 146 | 9.80e−007 | 406.0588 | 20 | 7.20e−007 | 56.4115 |

**Example 4.2**This problem was tested by Kanzow (see [31]) with five variables defined by

**Numerical results for Example 4.2**

SP | EGM | HMM | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Iter. | Err. | CPU | Iter. | Err. | CPU | |

${(1,0,1,3,5)}^{T}$ | 63 | 7.60e−007 | 0.0282 | 27 | 9.33e−007 | 0.0058 |

${(1,2,3,1,2)}^{T}$ | 66 | 9.32e−007 | 0.0230 | 17 | 9.17e−007 | 0.0043 |

${(1,2,3,4,5)}^{T}$ | >1000 | 5.74e+001 | 0.4057 | 45 | 8.49e−007 | 0.0068 |

${(2,2,2,2,2)}^{T}$ | 70 | 8.43e−007 | 0.0224 | 18 | 4.56e−007 | 0.0037 |

${(10,9,8,7,6)}^{T}$ | >1000 | 6.21e+001 | 0.4176 | 45 | 8.49e−007 | 0.0068 |

**Example 4.3**The Nash problem. This is a Nash equilibrium model with ten variables. The test function $F(x)={({F}_{1}(x),\dots ,{F}_{10}(x))}^{T}$ is defined by

*e*; (2) 4

*e*; (3) 7

*e*; (4) 10

*e*; (5) ${(1.0,1.2,1.4,1.6,1.8,2.1,2.3,2.5,2.7,2.9)}^{T}$; (6) ${(7,4,3,1,8,4,1,6,3,2)}^{T}$. This time we set $\theta =0.25$.

**Numerical results for Example 4.3**

SP | EGM | HMM | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Iter. | Err. | CPU | Iter. | Err. | CPU | |

(1) | 493 | 9.97e−007 | 0.1262 | 70 | 8.72e−007 | 0.0141 |

(2) | 512 | 9.86e−007 | 0.1164 | 72 | 9.39e−007 | 0.0142 |

(3) | 514 | 9.03e−007 | 0.1162 | 70 | 7.53e−007 | 0.0143 |

(4) | 512 | 8.59e−007 | 0.1251 | 72 | 7.48e−007 | 0.0146 |

(5) | 490 | 9.99e−007 | 0.1216 | 69 | 8.68e−007 | 0.0138 |

(6) | 480 | 9.93e−007 | 0.1180 | 71 | 9.78e−007 | 0.0142 |

**Example 4.4**The Kojshin problem. This example was used by Pang and Gabriel (see [32]), and Kanzow (see [31]) with four variables. Let

**Numerical results for Example 4.4**

SP | EGM | HMM | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Iter. | Err. | CPU | Iter. | Err. | CPU | |

${(0,0,0,0)}^{T}$ | 193 | 9.64e−007 | 0.0230 | 180 | 9.85e−007 | 0.0197 |

${(1,1,1,1)}^{T}$ | 206 | 9.59e−007 | 0.0309 | 190 | 9.54e−007 | 0.0177 |

${(2,2,2,2)}^{T}$ | 92 | 9.45e−007 | 0.0109 | 37 | 7.52e−007 | 0.0055 |

${(3,1,2,6)}^{T}$ | 95 | 7.70e−007 | 0.0134 | 47 | 8.22e−007 | 0.0065 |

${(6,1,6,6)}^{T}$ | 99 | 9.14e−007 | 0.0121 | 47 | 8.30e−007 | 0.0080 |

${(10,10,10,10)}^{T}$ | 214 | 9.50e−007 | 0.0284 | 181 | 9.89e−007 | 0.0188 |

**Example 4.5**This is a box-constrained variational inequality $\mathrm{VI}(F,K)$ with four variables, and the constraint set $K={[{a}_{i},{b}_{i}]}^{n}$, $i=1,\dots ,n$ is a box region. The function is given as follows:

- (1)
$K={[0,5]}^{4}$. The solution ${x}^{\ast}={(2,0,1,0)}^{T}$, $F({x}^{\ast})={(0,2,0,0)}^{T}$ is degenerate but not R-regular.

- (2)
$K={[-1,1]}^{4}$. The solution ${x}^{\ast}={(1,-1,1,0)}^{T}$, $F({x}^{\ast})={(-7,0,-1,0)}^{T}$ is also degenerate but not R-regular.

*θ*in Algorithm 2.1 is chosen as $\theta =0.2$. The test results are listed in Table 5 and Table 6 using different starting points for $K={[0,5]}^{4}$ and $K={[-1,1]}^{4}$, respectively.

**Numerical results for Example 4.5 with**
$\mathit{K}\mathbf{=}{\mathbf{[}\mathbf{0}\mathbf{,}\mathbf{5}\mathbf{]}}^{\mathbf{4}}$

SP | EGM | HMM | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Iter. | Err. | CPU | Iter. | Err. | CPU | |

${(1,1,1,1)}^{T}$ | 155 | 9.92e−007 | 0.0490 | 25 | 7.38e−007 | 0.0032 |

${(-2,-2,-2,-2)}^{T}$ | 137 | 9.47e−007 | 0.0445 | 15 | 4.72e−007 | 0.0029 |

${(10,10,10,10)}^{T}$ | 174 | 9.58e−007 | 0.0469 | 32 | 2.26e−007 | 0.0044 |

${(-2,-2,6,6)}^{T}$ | 172 | 9.47e−007 | 0.0567 | 27 | 9.74e−007 | 0.0043 |

${(8,3,-1,-3)}^{T}$ | 159 | 9.81e−007 | 0.0519 | 15 | 3.77e−007 | 0.0032 |

${(10,-10,-10,10)}^{T}$ | 183 | 9.32e−007 | 0.0580 | 26 | 4.57e−007 | 0.0037 |

**Numerical results for Example 4.5 with**
$\mathit{K}\mathbf{=}{\mathbf{[}\mathbf{-}\mathbf{1}\mathbf{,}\mathbf{1}\mathbf{]}}^{\mathbf{4}}$

SP | EGM | HMM | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Iter. | Err. | CPU | Iter. | Err. | CPU | |

${(0.5,0.5,0.5,0.5)}^{T}$ | 70 | 8.73e−007 | 0.0217 | 18 | 4.67e−007 | 0.0028 |

${(-2,-2,-2,-2)}^{T}$ | 59 | 8.94e−007 | 0.0138 | 16 | 8.04e−007 | 0.0024 |

${(10,10,10,10)}^{T}$ | 76 | 9.72e−007 | 0.0283 | 19 | 4.84e−007 | 0.0026 |

${(-2,-2,6,6)}^{T}$ | 63 | 7.73e−007 | 0.0141 | 13 | 6.97e−007 | 0.0032 |

${(8,3,-1,-3)}^{T}$ | 76 | 9.97e−007 | 0.0254 | 18 | 7.42e−007 | 0.0031 |

${(10,-10,-10,10)}^{T}$ | 59 | 8.94e−007 | 0.0150 | 18 | 4.96e−007 | 0.0030 |

**Example 4.6**This is a box-constrained affine variational inequality $\mathrm{VI}(F,K)$ with four variables, and the constraint set $K={[{a}_{i},{b}_{i}]}^{n}$, $i=1,\dots ,n$ is a box region. The function is given as follows:

- (1)
$K={[-1,1]}^{4}$. The solution ${x}^{\ast}={(1,8/9,5/9,4/9)}^{T}$, $F({x}^{\ast})={(-2/3,0,0,0)}^{T}$;

- (2)
$K={[-5,5]}^{4}$. The solution ${x}^{\ast}={(4/3,7/9,4/9,2/9)}^{T}$, $F({x}^{\ast})={(0,0,0,0)}^{T}$.

*θ*in Algorithm 2.1 is chosen as $\theta =0.55$. The test results are listed in Table 7 and Table 8 using different starting points for $K={[-1,1]}^{4}$ and $K={[-5,5]}^{4}$, respectively.

**Numerical results for Example 4.6 with**
$\mathit{K}\mathbf{=}{\mathbf{[}\mathbf{-}\mathbf{1}\mathbf{,}\mathbf{1}\mathbf{]}}^{\mathbf{4}}$

SP | EGM | HMM | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Iter. | Err. | CPU | Iter. | Err. | CPU | |

${(0.5,0.5,0.5,0.5)}^{T}$ | 53 | 8.45e−007 | 0.0213 | 30 | 5.76e−007 | 0.0059 |

${(-2,-2,-2,-2)}^{T}$ | 66 | 8.30e−007 | 0.0247 | 40 | 4.25e−007 | 0.0070 |

${(10,10,10,10)}^{T}$ | 54 | 8.73e−007 | 0.0200 | 39 | 2.93e−007 | 0.0080 |

${(-6,-6,6,6)}^{T}$ | 62 | 8.00e−007 | 0.0249 | 41 | 6.95e−007 | 0.0084 |

${(8,3,-3,-8)}^{T}$ | 57 | 8.31e−007 | 0.0223 | 35 | 9.39e−007 | 0.0060 |

${(10,-10,-10,10)}^{T}$ | 60 | 8.22e−007 | 0.0211 | 38 | 4.04e−007 | 0.0064 |

**Numerical results for Example 4.6 with**
$\mathit{K}\mathbf{=}{\mathbf{[}\mathbf{-}\mathbf{5}\mathbf{,}\mathbf{5}\mathbf{]}}^{\mathbf{4}}$

SP | EGM | HMM | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Iter. | Err. | CPU | Iter. | Err. | CPU | |

${(2,2,2,2)}^{T}$ | 119 | 9.30e−007 | 0.0316 | 77 | 3.62e−007 | 0.0104 |

${(-2,-2,-2,-2)}^{T}$ | 137 | 8.52e−007 | 0.0434 | 77 | 6.80e−007 | 0.0109 |

${(10,10,10,10)}^{T}$ | 141 | 9.78e−007 | 0.0418 | 78 | 9.73e−007 | 0.0107 |

${(-8,-8,-8,-8)}^{T}$ | 143 | 8.37e−007 | 0.0411 | 81 | 9.33e−007 | 0.0122 |

${(9,4,-4,-9)}^{T}$ | 129 | 9.87e−007 | 0.0393 | 77 | 8.28e−007 | 0.0106 |

${(10,-10,-10,10)}^{T}$ | 127 | 8.09e−007 | 0.0387 | 79 | 5.58e−007 | 0.0112 |

From the above experiments, we find that the newly developed method (Algorithm 2.1) enjoys obvious advantages in the number of iterations and CPU time. In Example 4.1, the iterations of our algorithm always keep 20 with the increasing of dimension, but the extragradient method is growing. What is more, in this example, the CPU time for the extragradient method is seven times than our algorithm. In Example 4.2, although our algorithm’s error is sometimes larger than that of the extragradient method (when the start point is $(1,0,1,3,5)$), our algorithm is more steady obviously (when we choose ${(1,2,3,4,5)}^{T}$ and ${(10,9,8,7,6)}^{T}$ as start points, the extragradient method does not work). Moreover, the CPU time for our algorithm is just about one sixth of that for the extragradient method. The last two examples are box-constrained variational inequality problems. In these two examples, our algorithm is also obviously advantageous. In addition, the parameter *θ* is very small, which implies the importance of $F({x}^{k})$ in the descent direction ${d}^{k}$. In some examples we set parameter *θ* small enough, however, Algorithm 2.1 even works less well than the extragradient method. In a word, our algorithm is promising.

## 5 Conclusion

In this work, we present a new extragradient-like method for the classical variational inequality problem based on a novel descent direction that we constructed. The numerical results show the perfect performance of our algorithm. In the paper, we request $0<\theta \le 1$, but sometimes Algorithm 2.1 also performs perfectly when the constant $\theta =0$, which makes sense for our further studying. In addition, the ${\beta}_{k}$ in Algorithm 2.1 is not perfect enough, and the convergence rate is not enough as well. Maybe they can be modified to some extent. The progress yet needs to be made in the numerical methods of the variational inequality problem.

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11071041) and Fujian Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 2009J01002).

## Authors’ Affiliations

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