Volume 51, pp. 15-49, 2019.

Block-proximal methods with spatially adapted acceleration

Tuomo Valkonen


We study and develop (stochastic) primal-dual block-coordinate descent methods for convex problems based on the method due to Chambolle and Pock. Our methods have known convergence rates for the iterates and the ergodic gap of $O(1/N^2)$ if each block is strongly convex, $O(1/N)$ if no convexity is present, and more generally a mixed rate $O(1/N^2)+O(1/N)$ for strongly convex blocks if only some blocks are strongly convex. Additional novelties of our methods include blockwise-adapted step lengths and acceleration as well as the ability to update both the primal and dual variables randomly in blocks under a very light compatibility condition. In other words, these variants of our methods are doubly-stochastic. We test the proposed methods on various image processing problems, where we employ pixelwise-adapted acceleration.

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Key words

PDHGM, Chambolle–Pock method, stochastic, doubly-stochastic, blockwise, primal-dual

AMS subject classifications

49M29, 65K10, 65K15, 90C30, 90C47

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