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A Riemannian Exponential Augmented Lagrangian Method for Computing the Projection Robust Wasserstein Distance

Bo Jiang · Ya-Feng Liu

Great Hall & Hall B1+B2 (level 1) #1020
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Tue 12 Dec 3:15 p.m. PST — 5:15 p.m. PST

Abstract: Projection robust Wasserstein (PRW) distance is recently proposed to efficiently mitigate the curse of dimensionality in the classical Wasserstein distance. In this paper, by equivalently reformulating the computation of the PRW distance as an optimization problem over the Cartesian product of the Stiefel manifold and the Euclidean space with additional nonlinear inequality constraints, we propose a Riemannian exponential augmented Lagrangian method (REALM) for solving this problem. Compared with the existing Riemannian exponential penalty-based approaches, REALM can potentially avoid too small penalty parameters and exhibit more stable numerical performance. To solve the subproblems in REALM efficiently, we design an inexact Riemannian Barzilai-Borwein method with Sinkhorn iteration (iRBBS), which selects the stepsizes adaptively rather than tuning the stepsizes in efforts as done in the existing methods. We show that iRBBS can return an $\epsilon$-stationary point of the original PRW distance problem within $\mathcal{O}(\epsilon^{-3})$ iterations, which matches the best known iteration complexity result. Extensive numerical results demonstrate that our proposed methods outperform the state-of-the-art solvers for computing the PRW distance.

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