# Acceleration of the Halpern algorithm to search for a fixed point of a nonexpansive mapping

- Kaito Sakurai
^{1}Email author and - Hideaki Iiduka
^{1}

**2014**:202

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2014-202

© Sakurai and Iiduka; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received: **5 June 2014

**Accepted: **3 September 2014

**Published: **26 September 2014

## Abstract

This paper presents an algorithm to accelerate the Halpern fixed point algorithm in a real Hilbert space. To this goal, we first apply the Halpern algorithm to the smooth convex minimization problem, which is an example of a fixed point problem for a nonexpansive mapping, and indicate that the Halpern algorithm is based on the steepest descent method for solving the minimization problem. Next, we formulate a novel fixed point algorithm using the ideas of conjugate gradient methods that can accelerate the steepest descent method. We show that, under certain assumptions, our algorithm strongly converges to a fixed point of a nonexpansive mapping. We numerically compare our algorithm with the Halpern algorithm and show that it dramatically reduces the running time and iterations needed to find a fixed point compared with that algorithm.

**MSC:**47H10, 65K05, 90C25.

## Keywords

## 1 Introduction

*Fixed point problems for nonexpansive mappings* [[1], Chapter 4], [[2], Chapter 3], [[3], Chapter 1], [[4], Chapter 3] have been investigated in many practical applications, and they include convex feasibility problems [5], [[1], Example 5.21], convex optimization problems [[1], Corollary 17.5], problems of finding the zeros of monotone operators [[1], Proposition 23.38], and monotone variational inequalities [[1], Subchapter 25.5].

Fixed point problems can be solved by using useful *fixed point algorithms*, such as the *Krasnosel’skiĭ-Mann algorithm* [[1], Subchapter 5.2], [[6], Subchapter 1.2], [7, 8], the *Halpern algorithm* [[6], Subchapter 1.2], [9, 10], and the *hybrid method* [11]. Meanwhile, to make practical systems and networks (see, *e.g.*, [12–15] and references therein) stable and reliable, the fixed point has to be found at a faster pace. That is, we need a new algorithm that approximates the fixed point faster than the conventional ones. In this paper, we focus on the Halpern algorithm and present an algorithm to accelerate the search for a fixed point of a nonexpansive mapping.

To achieve the main objective of this paper, we first apply the Halpern algorithm to the smooth convex minimization problem, which is an example of a fixed point problem for a nonexpansive mapping, and indicate that the Halpern algorithm is based on *the steepest descent method* [[16], Subchapter 3.3] for solving the minimization problem.

A number of iterative methods [[16], Chapters 5-19] have been proposed to accelerate the steepest descent method. In particular, *conjugate gradient methods* [[16], Chapter 5] have been widely used as an efficient accelerated version of most gradient methods. Here, we focus on the conjugate gradient methods and devise an algorithm blending the conjugate gradient methods with the Halpern algorithm.

Our main contribution is to propose a novel algorithm for finding a fixed point of a nonexpansive mapping, for which we use the ideas of accelerated conjugate gradient methods for optimization over the fixed point set [17, 18], and prove that the algorithm converges to some fixed point in the sense of the strong topology of a real Hilbert space. To demonstrate the effectiveness and fast convergence of our algorithm, we numerically compare our algorithm with the Halpern algorithm. Numerical results show that it dramatically reduces the running time and iterations needed to find a fixed point compared with that algorithm.

This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 gives the mathematical preliminaries. Section 3 devises the acceleration algorithm for solving fixed point problems and presents its convergence analysis. Section 4 applies the proposed and conventional algorithms to a concrete fixed point problem and provides numerical examples comparing them.

## 2 Mathematical preliminaries

Let *H* be a real Hilbert space with the inner product $\u3008\cdot ,\cdot \u3009$ and its induced norm $\parallel \cdot \parallel $, and let ℕ be the set of all positive integers including zero.

### 2.1 Fixed point problem

*nonexpansive*[[1], Definition 4.1(ii)], [[2], (3.2)], [[3], Subchapter 1.1], [[4], Subchapter 3.1] if

*fixed point set*of $T:C\to C$ is denoted by

The *metric projection* onto *C* [[1], Subchapter 4.2, Chapter 28] is denoted by ${P}_{C}$. It is defined by ${P}_{C}(x)\in C$ and $\parallel x-{P}_{C}(x)\parallel ={inf}_{y\in C}\parallel x-y\parallel $ ($x\in H$). ${P}_{C}$ is nonexpansive with $Fix({P}_{C})=C$ [[1], Proposition 4.8, (4.8)].

**Proposition 2.1**

*Suppose that*$C\subset H$

*is nonempty*,

*closed*,

*and convex*, $T:C\to C$

*is nonexpansive*,

*and*$x\in H$.

*Then*

Proposition 2.1(i) guarantees that if $Fix(T)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$, ${P}_{Fix(T)}(x)$ exists for all $x\in H$.

This paper discusses the following fixed point problem.

**Problem 2.1**Suppose that $T:H\to H$ is nonexpansive with $Fix(T)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$. Then

### 2.2 The Halpern algorithm and our algorithm

*The Halpern algorithm*generates the sequence ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ [[6], Subchapter 1.2] [9, 10] as follows: given ${x}_{0}\in H$ and ${({\alpha}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ satisfying ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=0$, ${\sum}_{n=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=\mathrm{\infty}$, and ${\sum}_{n=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}|{\alpha}_{n+1}-{\alpha}_{n}|<\mathrm{\infty}$,

Algorithm (1) strongly converges to ${P}_{Fix(T)}({x}_{0})$ ($\in Fix(T)$) [[6], Theorem 6.17], [9, 10].

*f*over

*H*and see that algorithm (1) is based on the

*steepest descent method*[[16], Subchapter 3.3] to minimize

*f*over

*H*. Suppose that the gradient of

*f*, denoted by ∇

*f*, is Lipschitz continuous with a constant $L>0$ and define ${T}^{f}:H\to H$ by

*e.g.*, [[12], Proposition 2.3]) and

This implies that algorithm (3) uses the steepest descent direction [[16], Subchapter 3.3] ${d}_{n+1}^{f,\mathrm{SDD}}:=-\mathrm{\nabla}f({x}_{n})$ of *f* at ${x}_{n}$, and hence algorithm (3) is based on the steepest descent method.

*conjugate gradient methods*[[16], Chapter 5] are popular acceleration methods of the steepest descent method. The

*conjugate gradient direction*of

*f*at ${x}_{n}$ ($n\in \mathbb{N}$) is ${d}_{n+1}^{f,\mathrm{CGD}}:=-\mathrm{\nabla}f({x}_{n})+{\beta}_{n}{d}_{n}^{f,\mathrm{CGD}}$, where ${d}_{0}^{f,\mathrm{CGD}}:=-\mathrm{\nabla}f({x}_{0})$ and ${({\beta}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}\subset (0,\mathrm{\infty})$, which, together with (2), implies that

Therefore, by replacing ${d}_{n+1}^{f}:=-\mathrm{\nabla}f({x}_{n})$ in algorithm (3) with ${d}_{n+1}^{f,\mathrm{CGD}}$ defined by (4), we can formulate a novel algorithm for solving Problem 2.1.

Before presenting the algorithm, we provide the following lemmas which are used to prove the main theorem.

**Proposition 2.2** [[6], Lemmas 1.2 and 1.3]

*Let* ${({a}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}},{({b}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}},{({c}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}},{({\alpha}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}\subset (0,\mathrm{\infty})$ *be sequences with* ${a}_{n+1}\le (1-{\alpha}_{n}){a}_{n}+{\alpha}_{n}{b}_{n}+{c}_{n}$ ($n\in \mathbb{N}$). *Suppose that* ${\sum}_{n=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=\mathrm{\infty}$, ${lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{b}_{n}\le 0$, *and* ${\sum}_{n=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{c}_{n}<\mathrm{\infty}$. *Then* ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{a}_{n}=0$.

**Proposition 2.3** [[19], Lemma 1]

*Suppose that* ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}\subset H$ *weakly converges to* $x\in H$ *and* $y\ne x$. *Then* ${lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}\parallel {x}_{n}-x\parallel <{lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}\parallel {x}_{n}-y\parallel $.

## 3 Acceleration of the Halpern algorithm

We present the following algorithm.

**Algorithm 3.1**

Step 0. Choose $\mu \in (0,1]$, $\alpha >0$, and ${x}_{0}\in H$ arbitrarily, and set ${({\alpha}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}\subset (0,1)$, ${({\beta}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}\subset [0,\mathrm{\infty})$. Compute ${d}_{0}:=(T({x}_{0})-{x}_{0})/\alpha $.

Put $n:=n+1$, and go to Step 1.

We can check that Algorithm 3.1 coincides with the Halpern algorithm (1) when ${\beta}_{n}:=0$ ($n\in \mathbb{N}$) and $\mu :=1$.

This section makes the following assumptions.

**Assumption 3.1**The sequences ${({\alpha}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ and ${({\beta}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ satisfy

^{a}

Let us do a convergence analysis of Algorithm 3.1.

**Theorem 3.1** *Under Assumption * 3.1, *the sequence* ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ *generated by Algorithm * 3.1 *strongly converges to* ${P}_{Fix(T)}({x}_{0})$.

*T*ensures that, for all $x\in Fix(T)$ and for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$,

Therefore, we find that ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is bounded. Moreover, since the nonexpansivity of *T* ensures that ${(T({x}_{n}))}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is also bounded, (C5) holds. Accordingly, Theorem 3.1 says that if ${({\alpha}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ satisfies (C1)-(C3), Algorithm 3.1 when ${\beta}_{n}:=0$ ($n\in \mathbb{N}$) (*i.e.*, the Halpern algorithm) strongly converges to ${P}_{Fix(T)}({x}_{0})$. This means that Theorem 3.1 is a generalization of the convergence analysis of the Halpern algorithm.

### 3.1 Proof of Theorem 3.1

We first show the following lemma.

**Lemma 3.1** *Suppose that Assumption * 3.1 *holds*. *Then* ${({d}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$, ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$, *and* ${({y}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ *are bounded*.

*Proof*We have from (C1) and (C4) that ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\beta}_{n}=0$. Accordingly, there exists ${n}_{0}\in \mathbb{N}$ such that ${\beta}_{n}\le 1/2$ for all $n\ge {n}_{0}$. Define ${M}_{1}:=max\{\parallel {d}_{{n}_{0}}\parallel ,(2/\alpha ){sup}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}\parallel T({x}_{n})-{x}_{n}\parallel \}$. Then (C5) implies that ${M}_{1}<\mathrm{\infty}$. Assume that $\parallel {d}_{n}\parallel \le {M}_{1}$ for some $n\ge {n}_{0}$. The triangle inequality ensures that

which means that $\parallel {d}_{n}\parallel \le {M}_{1}$ for all $n\ge {n}_{0}$, *i.e.*, ${({d}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is bounded.

*T*and (6) imply that, for all $x\in Fix(T)$ and for all $n\ge {n}_{0}$,

Therefore, ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is bounded.

The definition of ${y}_{n}$ ($n\in \mathbb{N}$) and the boundedness of ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ and ${({d}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ imply that ${({y}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is also bounded. This completes the proof. □

**Lemma 3.2**

*Suppose that Assumption*3.1

*holds*.

*Then*

- (i)
${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}\parallel {x}_{n+1}-{x}_{n}\parallel =0$.

- (ii)
${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}\parallel {x}_{n}-T({x}_{n})\parallel =0$.

- (iii)
${lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}\u3008{x}_{0}-{x}^{\star},{y}_{n}-{x}^{\star}\u3009\le 0$,

*where*${x}^{\star}:={P}_{Fix(T)}({x}_{0})$.

*Proof*(i) Equation (6), the triangle inequality, and the nonexpansivity of

*T*imply that, for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$,

- (iii)From the limit superior of ${(\u3008{x}_{0}-{x}^{\star},{y}_{n}-{x}^{\star}\u3009)}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$, there exists ${({y}_{{n}_{k}})}_{k\in \mathbb{N}}$ ($\subset {({y}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$) such that$\underset{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}\u3008{x}_{0}-{x}^{\star},{y}_{n}-{x}^{\star}\u3009=\underset{k\to \mathrm{\infty}}{lim}\u3008{x}_{0}-{x}^{\star},{y}_{{n}_{k}}-{x}^{\star}\u3009.$(12)

Moreover, since ${({y}_{{n}_{k}})}_{k\in \mathbb{N}}$ is bounded, there exists ${({y}_{{n}_{{k}_{i}}})}_{i\in \mathbb{N}}$ ($\subset {({y}_{{n}_{k}})}_{k\in \mathbb{N}}$) which weakly converges to some point $\stackrel{\u02c6}{y}$ (∈*H*). Equation (10) guarantees that ${({x}_{{n}_{{k}_{i}}})}_{i\in \mathbb{N}}$ weakly converges to $\stackrel{\u02c6}{y}$.

*i.e.*, $\stackrel{\u02c6}{y}\ne T(\stackrel{\u02c6}{y})$. Proposition 2.3, (11), and the nonexpansivity of

*T*ensure that

This completes the proof. □

Now, we are in a position to prove Theorem 3.1.

*Proof of Theorem 3.1*The inequality ${\parallel x+y\parallel}^{2}\le {\parallel x\parallel}^{2}+2\u3008y,x+y\u3009$ ($x,y\in H$), (6), and the nonexpansivity of

*T*imply that, for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$,

This guarantees that ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ generated by Algorithm 3.1 strongly converges to ${x}^{\star}:={P}_{Fix(T)}({x}_{0})$. □

*C*($\supset Fix(T)$) such that ${P}_{C}$ can be computed within a finite number of arithmetic operations (

*e.g.*,

*C*is a closed ball with a large enough radius). Hence, we can compute

instead of ${x}_{n+1}$ in Algorithm 3.1. From ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}\subset C$, the boundedness of *C* means that ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is bounded. The nonexpansivity of *T* guarantees that $\parallel T({x}_{n})-T(x)\parallel \le \parallel {x}_{n}-x\parallel $ ($x\in Fix(T)$), which means that ${(T({x}_{n}))}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is bounded. Therefore, (C5) holds. We can prove that Algorithm 3.1 with (13) strongly converges to a point in $Fix(T)$ by referring to the proof of Theorem 3.1.

Let us consider the case where $Fix(T)$ is unbounded. In this case, we cannot choose a bounded *C* satisfying $Fix(T)\subset C$. Although we can execute Algorithm 3.1, we need to verify the boundedness of ${(T({x}_{n})-{x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$. Instead, we can apply the Halpern algorithm (1) to this case without any problem. However, the Halpern algorithm would converge slowly because it is based on the steepest descent method (see Section 1). Hence, in this case, it would be desirable to execute not only the Halpern algorithm but also Algorithm 3.1.

## 4 Numerical examples and conclusion

Let us apply the Halpern algorithm (1) and Algorithm 3.1 to the following convex feasibility problem [5], [[1], Example 5.21].

**Problem 4.1**Given a nonempty, closed convex set ${C}_{i}\subset {\mathbb{R}}^{N}$ ($i=0,1,\dots ,m$),

where one assumes that $C\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$.

*T*defined by (14) is also nonexpansive. Moreover, we find that

Therefore, Problem 4.1 coincides with Problem 2.1 with *T* defined by (14).

The experiment used an Apple Macbook Air with a 1.30GHz Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4250U CPU and 4GB DDR3 memory. The Halpern algorithm (1) and Algorithm 3.1 were written in Java. The operating system of the computer was Mac OSX version 10.8.5.

or ${P}_{i}(x):=x$ if $\parallel {c}_{i}-x\parallel \le {r}_{i}$.

We set $N:=100$, $m:=3$, ${r}_{i}:=1$ ($i=0,1,2,3$), and ${c}_{0}:=0$. The experiment used random vectors ${c}_{i}\in {(-1/\sqrt{N},1/\sqrt{N})}^{N}$ ($i=1,2,3$) generated by the java.util.Random class so as to satisfy $C\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$. We also used the java.util.Random class to set a random initial point in ${(-16,16)}^{N}$.

*x*-axis and

*y*-axis represent the elapsed time and value of $\parallel T({x}_{n})-{x}_{n}\parallel $. The results show that compared with the Halpern algorithm, Algorithm 3.1 dramatically reduces the time required to satisfy $\parallel T({x}_{n})-{x}_{n}\parallel <{10}^{-6}$. We found that the Halpern algorithm took 850 iterations to satisfy $\parallel T({x}_{n})-{x}_{n}\parallel <{10}^{-6}$, whereas Algorithm 3.1 took only six.

This paper presented an algorithm to accelerate the Halpern algorithm for finding a fixed point of a nonexpansive mapping on a real Hilbert space and its convergence analysis. The convergence analysis guarantees that the proposed algorithm strongly converges to a fixed point of a nonexpansive mapping under certain assumptions. We numerically compared the abilities of the proposed and Halpern algorithms in solving a concrete fixed point problem. The results showed that the proposed algorithm performs better than the Halpern algorithm.

## Endnote

Examples of ${({\alpha}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ and ${({\beta}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ satisfying (C1)-(C4) are ${\alpha}_{n}:=1/{(n+1)}^{a}$ and ${\beta}_{n}:=1/{(n+1)}^{2a}$ ($n\in \mathbb{N}$), where $a\in (0,1]$.

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### Acknowledgements

We are sincerely grateful to the associate editor Lai-Jiu Lin and the two anonymous reviewers for helping us improve the original manuscript.

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