Bundle methods for dual atomic pursuit

Z. Fan, Y. Sun, M. P. Friedlander
arXiv:1910.13650, 2019



The aim of structured optimization is to assemble a solution, using a given set of (possibly uncountably infinite) atoms, to fit a model to data. A two-stage algorithm based on gauge duality and bundle method is proposed. The first stage discovers the optimal atomic support for the primal problem by solving a sequence of approximations of the dual problem using a bundle-type method. The second stage recovers the approximate primal solution using the atoms discovered in the first stage. The overall approach leads to implementable and efficient algorithms for large problems.