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An analytic center cutting plane method for semidefinite feasibility problems. (English) Zbl 1082.90555
Summary: Semidefinite feasibility problems arise in many areas of operations research. The abstract form of these problems can be described as finding a point in a nonempty bounded convex body \(\Gamma\) in the cone of symmetric positive semidefinite matrices. Assume that \(\Gamma\) is defined by an oracle, which for any given \(m \times m\) symmetric positive semidefinite matrix \(\widehat Y\) either confirms that \(\widehat Y \in \Gamma\) or returns a cut, i.e., a symmetric matrix \(A\) such that \(\Gamma\) is in the half-space \(\{Y : A \cdot Y \leq A \cdot \widehat Y\}\). We study an analytic center cutting plane algorithm for this problem. At each iteration, the algorithm computes an approximate analytic center of a working set defined by the cutting plane system generated in the previous iterations. If this approximate analytic center is a solution, then the algorithm terminates; otherwise the new cutting plane returned by the oracle is added into the system. As the number of iterations increases, the working set shrinks and the algorithm eventually finds a solution to the problem. All iterates generated by the algorithm are positive definite matrices. The algorithm has a worst-case complexity of \(O^*(m^3 /\varepsilon^2 )\) on the total number of cuts to be used, where \(\varepsilon\) is the maximum radius of a ball contained by \(\Gamma\).

MSC:
90C22 Semidefinite programming
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