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Convergence analysis for Lasserre's measure-based hierarchy of upper bounds for polynomial optimization

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We consider the problem of minimizing a continuous function f over a compact set K. We analyze a hierarchy of upper bounds proposed by Lasserre (SIAM J Optim 21(3):864–885, 2011), obtained by searching for an optimal probability density function h on K which is a sum of squares of polynomials, so that the expectation ∫Kf(x)h(x)dx is minimized. We show that the rate of convergence is no worse than O(1/√r), where 2r is the degree bound on the density function. This analysis applies to the case when f is Lipschitz continuous and K is a full-dimensional compact set satisfying some boundary condition (which is satisfied, e.g., for convex bodies). The rth upper bound in the hierarchy may be computed using semidefinite programming if f is a polynomial of degree d, and if all moments of order up to 2r+d of the Lebesgue measure on K are known, which holds, for example, if K is a simplex, hypercube, or a Euclidean ball.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-392
JournalMathematical Programming
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2017

    Research areas

  • polynomial optimization, semidefinite optimization, Lasserre hierarchy


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