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Complexity of Single Loop Algorithms for Nonlinear Programming with Stochastic Objective and Constraints

Ahmet Alacaoglu · Stephen Wright

MR1 & MR2 - Number 184
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Fri 3 May 8 a.m. PDT — 8:30 a.m. PDT

Abstract: We analyze the sample complexity of single-loop quadratic penalty and augmented Lagrangian algorithms for solving nonconvex optimization problems with functional equality constraints. We consider three cases, in all of which the objective is stochastic, that is, an expectation over an unknown distribution that is accessed by sampling. The nature of the equality constraints differs among the three cases: deterministic and linear in the first case, deterministic and nonlinear in the second case, and stochastic and nonlinear in the third case. Variance reduction techniques are used to improve the complexity. To find a point that satisfies $\varepsilon$-approximate first-order conditions, we require $\widetilde{O}(\varepsilon^{-3})$ complexity in the first case, $\widetilde{O}(\varepsilon^{-4})$ in the second case, and $\widetilde{O}(\varepsilon^{-5})$ in the third case. For the first and third cases, they are the first algorithms of ``single loop'' type that also use $O(1)$ samples at each iteration and still achieve the best-known complexity guarantees.

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