A Proximal Zeroth-Order Algorithm for Nonconvex Nonsmooth Problems [article]

Ehsan Kazemi, Liqiang Wang
2018 arXiv   pre-print
In this paper, we focus on solving an important class of nonconvex optimization problems which includes many problems for example signal processing over a networked multi-agent system and distributed learning over networks. Motivated by many applications in which the local objective function is the sum of smooth but possibly nonconvex part, and non-smooth but convex part subject to a linear equality constraint, this paper proposes a proximal zeroth-order primal dual algorithm (PZO-PDA) that
more » ... unts for the information structure of the problem. This algorithm only utilize the zeroth-order information (i.e., the functional values) of smooth functions, yet the flexibility is achieved for applications that only noisy information of the objective function is accessible, where classical methods cannot be applied. We prove convergence and rate of convergence for PZO-PDA. Numerical experiments are provided to validate the theoretical results.
arXiv:1810.10085v1 fatcat:mn6maoymorgsfhdzddvfskfzpm