Published: 01 Feb 2023, Last Modified: 13 Feb 2023Submitted to ICLR 2023Readers: Everyone
Keywords: quadratic optimization, convex optimization, reinforcement learning for optimization, graph neural network, contextual learning
Abstract: Quadratic programming (QP) is an important sub-field of mathematical optimization. The alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) is a successful method to solve QP. Even though ADMM shows promising results in solving various types of QP, its convergence speed is known to be highly dependent on the step-size parameter $\rho$. Due to the absence of a general rule for setting $\rho$, it is often tuned manually or heuristically. In this paper, we propose CA-ADMM (Context-aware Adaptive ADMM)) which learns to adaptively adjust $\rho$ to accelerate ADMM. CA-ADMM extracts the spatio-temporal context, which captures the dependency of the primal and dual variables of QP and their temporal evolution during the ADMM iterations. CA-ADMM chooses $\rho$ based on the extracted context. Through extensive numerical experiments, we validated that CA-ADMM effectively generalizes to unseen QP problems with different sizes and classes (i.e., having different QP parameter structures). Furthermore, we verified that CA-ADMM could dynamically adjust $\rho$ considering the stage of the optimization process to accelerate the convergence speed further.
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