On the global convergence of randomized coordinate gradient descent for non-convex optimization

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In this work, we analyze the global convergence property of coordinate gradient descent with random choice of coordinates and stepsizes for non-convex optimization problems. Under generic assumptions, we prove that the algorithm iterate will almost surely escape strict saddle points of the objective function. As a result, the algorithm is guaranteed to converge to local minima if all saddle points are strict. Our proof is based on viewing coordinate descent algorithm as a nonlinear random dynamical system and a quantitative finite block analysis of its linearization around saddle points.

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  • Chen, Z; Li, Y; Lu, J