2019-12-12

# A scaling-invariant algorithm for linear programming whose running time depends only on the constraint matrix

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Following the breakthrough work of Tardos in the bit-complexity model, Vavasis and Ye gave the first exact algorithm for linear programming in the real model of computation with running time depending only on the constraint matrix. For solving a linear program (LP) $\max\, c^\top x,\: Ax = b,\: x \geq 0,\: A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$, Vavasis and Ye developed a primal-dual interior point method using a 'layered least squares' (LLS) step, and showed that $O(n^{3.5} \log (\bar{\chi}_A+n))$ iterations suffice to solve (LP) exactly, where $\bar{\chi}_A$ is a condition measure controlling the size of solutions to linear systems related to $A$. Monteiro and Tsuchiya, noting that the central path is invariant under rescalings of the columns of $A$ and $c$, asked whether there exists an LP algorithm depending instead on the measure $\bar{\chi}^*_A$, defined as the minimum $\bar{\chi}_{AD}$ value achievable by a column rescaling $AD$ of $A$, and gave strong evidence that this should be the case. We resolve this open question affirmatively. Our first main contribution is an $O(m^2 n^2 + n^3)$ time algorithm which works on the linear matroid of $A$ to compute a nearly optimal diagonal rescaling $D$ satisfying $\bar{\chi}_{AD} \leq n(\bar{\chi}^*)^3$. This algorithm also allows us to approximate the value of $\bar{\chi}_A$ up to a factor $n (\bar{\chi}^*)^2$. As our second main contribution, we develop a scaling invariant LLS algorithm, together with a refined potential function based analysis for LLS algorithms in general. With this analysis, we derive an improved $O(n^{2.5} \log n\log (\bar{\chi}^*_A+n))$ iteration bound for optimally solving (LP) using our algorithm. The same argument also yields a factor $n/\log n$ improvement on the iteration complexity bound of the original Vavasis-Ye algorithm.

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Dadush, D.N, Huiberts, S, Natura, B, & Végh, L.A. (2019).
A scaling-invariant algorithm for linear programming whose running time
depends only on the constraint matrix. |