A proximal difference-of-convex algorithm with extrapolation

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We consider a class of difference-of-convex (DC) optimization problems whose objective is level-bounded and is the sum of a smooth convex function with Lipschitz gradient, a proper closed convex function and a continuous concave function. While this kind of problems can be solved by the classical difference-of-convex algorithm (DCA) (Pham et al. Acta Math Vietnam 22:289–355, 1997), the difficulty of the subproblems of this algorithm depends heavily on the choice of DC decomposition. Simpler subproblems can be obtained by using a specific DC decomposition described in Pham et al. (SIAM J Optim 8:476–505, 1998). This decomposition has been proposed in numerous work such as Gotoh et al. (DC formulations and algorithms for sparse optimization problems, 2017), and we refer to the resulting DCA as the proximal DCA. Although the subproblems are simpler, the proximal DCA is the same as the proximal gradient algorithm when the concave part of the objective is void, and hence is potentially slow in practice. In this paper, motivated by the extrapolation techniques for accelerating the proximal gradient algorithm in the convex settings, we consider a proximal difference-of-convex algorithm with extrapolation to possibly accelerate the proximal DCA. We show that any cluster point of the sequence generated by our algorithm is a stationary point of the DC optimization problem for a fairly general choice of extrapolation parameters: in particular, the parameters can be chosen as in FISTA with fixed restart (O’Donoghue and Candès in Found Comput Math 15, 715–732, 2015). In addition, by assuming the Kurdyka-Łojasiewicz property of the objective and the differentiability of the concave part, we establish global convergence of the sequence generated by our algorithm and analyze its convergence rate. Our numerical experiments on two difference-of-convex regularized least squares models show that our algorithm usually outperforms the proximal DCA and the general iterative shrinkage and thresholding algorithm proposed in Gong et al. (A general iterative shrinkage and thresholding algorithm for non-convex regularized optimization problems, 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-324
Number of pages28
JournalComputational Optimization and Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Difference-of-convex problems
  • Extrapolation
  • Kurdyka-Łojasiewicz inequality
  • Nonconvex
  • Nonsmooth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Optimization
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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