Complexity of a Class of First-Order Objective-Function-Free Optimization Algorithms

Serge Gratton, Sadok Jerad, Philippe TOINT

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A parametric class of trust-region algorithms for unconstrained nonconvex
optimization is considered where the value of the objective function is never
computed. The class contains a deterministic version of the first-order
Adagrad method typically used for minimization of noisy function, but also
allows the use of (possibly approximate) second-order information when available.
The rate of convergence of methods in the class is analyzed and is shown to be
identical to that known for first-order optimization methods using both
function and gradients values, recovering existing results for
purely-first order variants and improving the explicit dependence on problem
dimension. This rate is shown to be essentially sharp.
A new class of methods is also presented, for which a slightly worse and
essentially sharp complexity result holds. Limited numerical experiments
show that the new methods' performance may be comparable to that of standard
steepest descent, despite using significantly less information, and that this
performance is relatively insensitive to noise.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2023


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