Combinatorial Preconditioners for Proximal Algorithms on Graphs


Thomas Möllenhoff, Zhenzhang Ye, Tao Wu, Daniel Cremers ;
Proceedings of the Twenty-First International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 84:38-47, 2018.


We present a novel preconditioning technique for proximal optimization methods that relies on graph algorithms to construct effective preconditioners. Such combinatorial preconditioners arise from partitioning the graph into forests. We prove that certain decompositions lead to a theoretically optimal condition number. We also show how ideal decompositions can be realized using matroid partitioning and propose efficient greedy variants thereof for large-scale problems. Coupled with specialized solvers for the resulting scaled proximal subproblems, the preconditioned algorithm achieves competitive performance in machine learning and vision applications.

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