Optimal robust smoothing extragradient algorithms for stochastic variational inequality problems

Farzad Yousefian, Angelia Nedic, Uday V. Shanbhag

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We consider stochastic variational inequality problems where the mapping is monotone over a compact convex set. We present two robust variants of stochastic extragradient algorithms for solving such problems. Of these, the first scheme employs an iterative averaging technique where we consider a generalized choice for the weights in the averaged sequence. Our first contribution is to show that using an appropriate choice for these weights, a suitably defined gap function attains the optimal rate of convergence of O(1 over √k). In the second part of the paper, under an additional assumption of weak-sharpness, we update the stepsize sequence using a recursive rule that leverages problem parameters. The second contribution lies in showing that employing such a sequence, the extragradient algorithm possesses almost-sure convergence to the solution as well as convergence in a mean-squared sense to the solution of the problem at the rate O(1 over k). Motivated by the absence of a Lipschitzian parameter, in both schemes we utilize a locally randomized smoothing scheme. Importantly, by approximating a smooth mapping, this scheme enables us to estimate the Lipschitzian parameter. The smoothing parameter is updated per iteration and we show convergence to the solution of the original problem in both algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7040302
Pages (from-to)5831-5836
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
Issue numberFebruary
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 53rd IEEE Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2014 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Dec 15 2014Dec 17 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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