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A relaxed interior point method for low-rank semidefinite programming problems with applications to matrix completion. (English) Zbl 1479.90152

Summary: A new relaxed variant of interior point method for low-rank semidefinite programming problems is proposed in this paper. The method is a step outside of the usual interior point framework. In anticipation to converging to a low-rank primal solution, a special nearly low-rank form of all primal iterates is imposed. To accommodate such a (restrictive) structure, the first order optimality conditions have to be relaxed and are therefore approximated by solving an auxiliary least-squares problem. The relaxed interior point framework opens numerous possibilities how primal and dual approximated Newton directions can be computed. In particular, it admits the application of both the first- and the second-order methods in this context. The convergence of the method is established. A prototype implementation is discussed and encouraging preliminary computational results are reported for solving the SDP-reformulation of matrix-completion problems.

MSC:

90C22 Semidefinite programming
90C51 Interior-point methods
65F10 Iterative numerical methods for linear systems
65F50 Computational methods for sparse matrices
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