Computational Mathematics and Scientific Computing Seminar

An L-1 Augmented Lagrangian Algorithm and Why, at Least Sometimes, it is a Very Good Idea

Speaker: Andrew Conn, IBM Watson Research Center

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Dec. 14, 2018, 10 a.m.


For almost 50 years L-2-Augmented Lagrangian algorithms have been around and they are still frequently used today. One way of looking at them is to consider them as a modification of the inexact quadratic penalty function (which requires that the penalty parameter becomes unbounded) by adding Lagrangian terms. The resulting advantage is that by way of updating the Lagrangian multipliers one can solve the original constrained problem whilst bounding the penalty parameter.

In this talk I will describe an L1-Augmented Lagrangian which one could consider as a modification of the exact L1-penalty function by adding Lagrangian terms. Since the penalty parameter for exact penalty functions remains bounded anyway and furthermore the L1 exact penalty function is not differentiable, this does not sound like a good idea. I hope to convince you otherwise! Time permitting I will include, motivation, theory, context and some numerical results.