NAG FL Interface e04ptf (handle_solve_socp_ipm)
Note:this routine usesoptional parametersto define choices in the problem specification and in the details of the algorithm. If you wish to use default settings for all of the optional parameters, you need only read Sections 1 to 10 of this document. If, however, you wish to reset some or all of the settings please refer to Section 11 for a detailed description of the algorithm and to Section 12 for a detailed description of the specification of the optional parameters.
e04ptf is a solver from the NAG optimization modelling suite for large-scale Second-order Cone Programming (SOCP) problems. It is based on an interior point method (IPM).
where $\mathcal{K}={\mathcal{K}}^{{n}_{1}}\times \cdots \times {\mathcal{K}}^{{n}_{r}}\times {\mathbb{R}}^{{n}_{l}}$ is a Cartesian product of $r$ quadratic (second-order type) cones and ${n}_{l}$-dimensional real space, and $n={\sum}_{i=1}^{r}{n}_{i}+{n}_{l}$ is the number of decision variables. Here $c$, $x$, ${l}_{x}$ and ${u}_{x}$ are $n$-dimensional vectors, $A$ is an $m\times n$ sparse matrix, and ${l}_{A}$ and ${u}_{A}$ are $m$-dimensional vectors. Note that $x\in \mathcal{K}$ partitions subsets of variables into quadratic cones and each ${\mathcal{K}}^{{n}_{i}}$ can be either a quadratic cone or a rotated quadratic cone. These are defined as follows:
e04ptf solves SOCP problems stored as a handle. The handle points to an internal data structure which defines the problem and serves as a means of communication for routines in the NAG optimization modelling suite. First, the problem handle is initialized by calling e04raf. Then some of the routines e04rbf,e04ref,e04rff,e04rhf,e04rjf,e04rsfore04rtf may be called to formulate the quadratic cones, linear objective function, quadratic objective function, quadratic constraints, bounds of the variables, and the block of linear constraints, respectively. Alternatively, the whole model can be loaded from a file by e04saf. When the handle is no longer needed, e04rzf should be called to destroy it and deallocate the memory held within. See Section 3.1 in the E04 Chapter Introduction for more details about the NAG optimization modelling suite.
The solver method can be modified by various optional parameters (see Section 12) which can be set by e04zmfande04zpf anytime between the initialization of the handle and a call to the solver. Once the solver has finished, options may be modified for the next solve. The solver may be called repeatedly with various optional parameters.
The optional parameter Task may be used to switch the problem to maximization or to ignore the objective function and find only a feasible point.
Several options may have significant impact on the performance of the solver. Even if the defaults were chosen to suit the majority of problems, it is recommended that you experiment in order to find the most suitable set of options for a particular problem, see Sections 11 and 12 for further details.
3.1Structure of the Lagrangian Multipliers
The algorithm works internally with estimates of both the decision variables, denoted by $x$, and the Lagrangian multipliers (dual variables), denoted by $u$ for bound and linear constraints, and $uc$ for quadratic cone constraints.
If the simple bounds have been defined (e04rhf was successfully called), the first $2n$ elements of $u$ belong to the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers, interleaving a multiplier for the lower and the upper bound for each ${x}_{i}$. If any of the bounds were set to infinity, the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers are set to $0$ and may be ignored.
Similarly, the following $2m$ elements of $u$ belong to multipliers for the linear constraints (if e04rjf has been successfully called). The organization is the same, i.e., the multipliers for each constraint for the lower and upper bounds are alternated and zeros are used for any missing (infinite bound) constraints.
If convex quadratic constraints have been defined successfully by e04rsfore04rtf, denote the number of such constraints as $\mathrm{nq}$, then the following $2\mathrm{nq}$ elements of $u$ belong to multipliers for the convex quadratic constraints. The organization is the same as linear constraints.
Some solvers merge multipliers for both lower and upper inequality into one element whose sign determines the inequality. Negative multipliers are associated with the upper bounds and positive with the lower bounds. An equivalent result can be achieved with this storage scheme by subtracting the upper bound multiplier from the lower one. This is also consistent with equality constraints.
Finally, the elements of $uc$ are the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers for the variables in the quadratic cone constraints that have been defined by e04rbf. All multipliers are stored next to each other in array uc in the same order as the cone constraints were defined by e04rbf. For example, if the first cone constraint contains variables ${x}_{4}$, ${x}_{2}$, ${x}_{3}$ and the second cone constraint contains variables ${x}_{1}$, ${x}_{7}$, ${x}_{6}$, ${x}_{5}$, then the dimension of array uc must be $7$ and the first $3$ elements are the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers for the cone composed of ${x}_{4}$, ${x}_{2}$, ${x}_{3}$, followed by $4$ elements that are the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers for the cone of ${x}_{1}$, ${x}_{7}$, ${x}_{6}$, ${x}_{5}$.
4References
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5Arguments
1: $\mathbf{handle}$ – Type (c_ptr)Input
On entry: the handle to the problem. It needs to be initialized (e.g., by e04raf) and to hold a problem formulation compatible with e04ptf. It must not be changed between calls to the NAG optimization modelling suite.
2: $\mathbf{nvar}$ – IntegerInput
On entry: $n$, the current number of decision variables $x$ in the model.
3: $\mathbf{x}\left({\mathbf{nvar}}\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput/Output
On entry: the input of x is reserved for future releases of the NAG Library and it is ignored at the moment.
If ${\mathbf{nnzu}}=0$, u will not be referenced; otherwise, it needs to match the dimension of constraints defined by e04rhfande04rjf as explained in Section 3.1.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{nnzu}}\ge 0$.
5: $\mathbf{u}\left({\mathbf{nnzu}}\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput/Output
Note: if ${\mathbf{nnzu}}>0$, u holds Lagrange multipliers (dual variables) for the bound constraints and linear constraints. If ${\mathbf{nnzu}}=0$, u will not be referenced.
On entry: the input of u is reserved for future releases of the NAG Library and it is ignored at the moment.
If ${\mathbf{nnzuc}}=0$, uc will not be referenced; otherwise, it needs to match the total number of cone variables defined by e04rbf as explained in Section 3.1.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{nnzuc}}\ge 0$.
7: $\mathbf{uc}\left({\mathbf{nnzuc}}\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput/Output
Note: if ${\mathbf{nnzuc}}>0$, uc holds Lagrange multipliers (dual variables) for second-order cones as defined by e04rbf. If ${\mathbf{nnzuc}}=0$, uc will not be referenced.
On entry: the input of uc is reserved for future releases of the NAG Library and it is ignored at the moment.
On exit: the final values of the variables $\mathit{uc}$.
8: $\mathbf{rinfo}\left(100\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayOutput
On exit: error measures and various indicators of the algorithm (see Section 11 for details) as given in the table below:
$1$
Value of the primal objective.
$2$
Value of the dual objective.
$3$
Flag indicating the system formulation used by the solver, $0$: augmented system, $1$: normal equation.
9: $\mathbf{stats}\left(100\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayOutput
On exit: solver statistics as given in the table below. Note that times are measured in seconds, see optional parameter Stats Time.
$1$
Number of iterations.
$2$
Not referenced.
$3$
Total number of iterative refinements performed.
$4$
Value of the perturbation added to the diagonal in the normal equation formulation or the augmented system formulation.
$5$
Total number of factorizations performed.
$6$
Total time spent in the solver.
$7$
Time spent in the presolve phase.
$8$
Time spent in the last iteration.
$9$
Total time spent factorizing the system matrix.
$10$
Total time spent backsolving the system matrix.
$11$
Not referenced.
$12$
Time spent in the initialization phase.
$13$
Number of nonzeros in the system matrix.
$14$
Number of nonzeros in the system matrix factor.
$15$
Maximum error of the backsolve.
$16$
Number of columns in $A$ considered dense by the solver.
$17$
Number of conic constraints considered dense by the solver.
$18$–$100$
Reserved for future use.
10: $\mathbf{monit}$ – Subroutine, supplied by the NAG Library or the user.External Procedure
monit is provided to enable you to monitor the progress of the optimization. It is invoked at the end of every $i$th iteration where $i$ is given by the optional parameter SOCP Monitor Frequency (the default is $0$, monit is not called).
monit may be the dummy subroutine e04ptu (e04ptu is included in the NAG Library).
On entry: the handle to the problem as provided on entry to e04ptf. It may be used to query the model during the solve, and extract the current approximation of the solution by e04rxf.
2: $\mathbf{rinfo}\left(100\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: error measures and various indicators at the end of the current iteration as described in rinfo.
3: $\mathbf{stats}\left(100\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: solver statistics at the end of the current iteration as described in stats, however, elements $3$, $5$, $9$, $10$ and $15$ refer to the quantities in the last iteration rather than accumulated over all iterations through the whole algorithm run.
5: $\mathbf{ruser}\left(*\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayUser Workspace
6: $\mathbf{cpuser}$ – Type (c_ptr)User Workspace
monit is called with the arguments iuser, ruser and cpuser as supplied to e04ptf. You should use the arrays iuser and ruser, and the data handle cpuser to supply information to monit.
7: $\mathbf{inform}$ – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: a non-negative value.
On exit: must be set to a value describing the action to be taken by the solver on return from monit. Specifically, if the value is negative the solution of the current problem will terminate immediately with ${\mathbf{ifail}}={\mathbf{20}}$; otherwise, computations will continue.
monit must either be a module subprogram USEd by, or declared as EXTERNAL in, the (sub)program from which e04ptf is called. Arguments denoted as Input must not be changed by this procedure.
12: $\mathbf{ruser}\left(*\right)$ – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayUser Workspace
13: $\mathbf{cpuser}$ – Type (c_ptr)User Workspace
iuser, ruser and cpuser are not used by e04ptf, but are passed directly to monit and may be used to pass information to this routine. If you do not need to reference cpuser, it should be initialized to c_null_ptr.
14: $\mathbf{ifail}$ – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: ifail must be set to $0$, $\mathrm{-1}$ or $1$ to set behaviour on detection of an error; these values have no effect when no error is detected.
A value of $0$ causes the printing of an error message and program execution will be halted; otherwise program execution continues. A value of $\mathrm{-1}$ means that an error message is printed while a value of $1$ means that it is not.
If halting is not appropriate, the value $\mathrm{-1}$ or $1$ is recommended. If message printing is undesirable, then the value $1$ is recommended. Otherwise, the value $\mathrm{-1}$ is recommended since useful values can be provided in some output arguments even when ${\mathbf{ifail}}\ne {\mathbf{0}}$ on exit. When the value $-\mathbf{1}$ or $\mathbf{1}$ is used it is essential to test the value of ifail on exit.
On exit: ${\mathbf{ifail}}={\mathbf{0}}$ unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).
6Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry ${\mathbf{ifail}}=0$ or $\mathrm{-1}$, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by x04aaf).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
Note: in some cases e04ptf may return useful information.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=1$
The supplied handle does not define a valid handle to the data structure for the NAG optimization modelling suite. It has not been properly initialized or it has been corrupted.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=2$
The problem is already being solved.
This solver does not support the model defined in the handle.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=4$
On entry, ${\mathbf{nvar}}=\u27e8\mathit{\text{value}}\u27e9$, expected $\mathrm{value}=\u27e8\mathit{\text{value}}\u27e9$.
Constraint: nvar must match the current number of variables of the model in the handle.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=5$
On entry, ${\mathbf{nnzu}}=\u27e8\mathit{\text{value}}\u27e9$. nnzu does not match the size of the Lagrangian multipliers for constraints. The correct value is $0$ for no constraints.
On entry, ${\mathbf{nnzu}}=\u27e8\mathit{\text{value}}\u27e9$. nnzu does not match the size of the Lagrangian multipliers for constraints. The correct value is either $0$ or $\u27e8\mathit{\text{value}}\u27e9$.
On entry, ${\mathbf{nnzuc}}=\u27e8\mathit{\text{value}}\u27e9$. nnzuc does not match the size of the Lagrangian multipliers for second-order cone constraints. ${\mathbf{nnzuc}}=0$ when there are no second-order cone constraints.
On entry, ${\mathbf{nnzuc}}=\u27e8\mathit{\text{value}}\u27e9$. nnzuc does not match the size of the Lagrangian multipliers for second-order cone constraints. The correct value is either $0$ or $\u27e8\mathit{\text{value}}\u27e9$.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=20$
User requested termination during a monitoring step.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=22$
Maximum number of iterations exceeded.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=23$
The solver terminated after the maximum time allowed was exceeded.
Maximum number of seconds exceeded. Use optional parameter Time Limit to reset the limit.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=24$
No progress, stopping early.
The solver predicted that it is unable to make further progress and stopped prematurely. This might be due to the scaling of the problem, its conditioning or numerical difficulties.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=50$
Suboptimal solution.
The solver predicted that it is unable to reach a better estimate of the solution. However, the error measures indicate that the point is a reasonable approximation.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=51$
The problem was found to be primal infeasible.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=52$
The problem was found to be dual infeasible.
This error indicates that the primal problem is unbounded or infeasible.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=-99$
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please
contact NAG.
See Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=-399$
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 8 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
${\mathbf{ifail}}=-999$
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 9 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
If ${\mathbf{ifail}}={\mathbf{0}}$ on the final exit, the returned point satisfies Karush–Kuhn–Tucker (KKT) conditions to the requested accuracy (under the default settings close to $\sqrt{\epsilon}$) and thus it is a good estimate of the solution. If ${\mathbf{ifail}}={\mathbf{50}}$, some of the convergence conditions were not fully satisfied but the point is a reasonable estimate and still usable. Please refer to Section 11.5 and the description of the particular options.
8Parallelism and Performance
Background information to multithreading can be found in the Multithreading documentation.
e04ptf is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
e04ptf makes calls to BLAS and/or LAPACK routines, which may be threaded within the vendor library used by this implementation. Consult the documentation for the vendor library for further information.
Please consult the X06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this routine. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.
9Further Comments
9.1Formulating Problems as SOCPs
This SOCP solver can solve several common convex problems covering a large variety of applications. However, in certain cases a reformulation is needed. In this section, we cover QCQP, norm minimization problems and robust linear programming, see Alizadeh and Goldfarb (2003) and Lobo et al. (1998) for further details.
Convex Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programming (QCQP) appears in applications such as modern portfolio theory and wireless sensor network localization. The general convex QCQP problem has the following form
where
${P}_{i}\in {\mathbb{R}}^{n\times n}$,
for $i=0,\dots ,p$, are symmetric and positive semidefinite matrices, hence there exist matrices ${F}_{i}\in {\mathbb{R}}^{{k}_{i}\times n}$ such that
In many practical problems this decomposition is already available. Otherwise it needs to be computed, for example, via Cholesky or eigenvalue decomposition, such as f07fdf for positive definite matrices, and f07kdforf08fcf for positive semidefinite matrices. Let's introduce new artificial variables ${t}_{i}$ such that ${t}_{i}+{q}_{i}^{\mathrm{T}}x+{r}_{i}=0$, then we have an equivalent characterization of cone constraints as
$$\frac{1}{2}{x}^{\mathrm{T}}{P}_{i}x+{q}_{i}^{\mathrm{T}}x+{r}_{i}\le 0\text{\hspace{1em} \u27f7 \hspace{1em}}{t}_{i}+{q}_{i}^{\mathrm{T}}x+{r}_{i}=0\text{\hspace{0.5em} and \hspace{0.5em}}\frac{1}{2}{\Vert {F}_{i}x\Vert}_{2}^{2}\le {t}_{i}\text{.}$$
By the definition of rotated quadratic cone (3) we have
Two routines e04rsfande04rtf can be used to define convex quadratic objective function and constraints directly and the solver will tranform them to SOCP automatically. If matrix (${P}_{i}$) in quadratic term is close to singular, it's also recommended that the users follow the procedure above to factorize and transform to SOCP so that small eigenvalues of the matrix can be taken out accordding to the users' needs to achieve numerical stability in the solver.
9.1.2Norm Minimization Problems
Consider the following problem that minimizes the sum of Euclidean norms
where ${A}_{i}\in {\mathbb{R}}^{{n}_{i}\times n}$ and ${b}_{i}\in {\mathbb{R}}^{{n}_{i}}$. Problem (6) can be formulated as SOCP by introducing $r$ auxiliary variables ${t}_{i}$, for $i=1,\dots ,r$, and adding constraints
where $A\in {\mathbb{R}}^{m\times n}$ and $b\in {\mathbb{R}}^{m}$, introduce an auxiliary variable $u\in {\mathbb{R}}^{m}$ such that $Ax+b=u$, then problem (11) is transformed to
where $c$ and ${b}_{i}$ are given but there is some uncertainty in parameter ${a}_{i}$. In such a situation you might want to solve problem (15) in the worst-case sense, i.e., find the best solution $x$ with respect to the most adverse choice of ${a}_{i}$. Introducing uncertainty set to some or all your data and solving the problem in the worst-case scenario helps to avoid high sensitivity of your results even for a small perturbation in the input data. Assume ${a}_{i}$ are known to lie in given ellipsoids around its known centre ${\overline{a}}_{i}$
where ${P}_{i}\in {\mathbb{R}}^{n\times n}$ are positive semidefinite matrices, this problem is also known as robust linear programming which can be modelled as
$$\begin{array}{ll}\underset{x\in {\mathbb{R}}^{n}}{\mathrm{minimize}}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}& {c}^{\mathrm{T}}x\\ \text{subject to}& {a}_{i}^{\mathrm{T}}x\le {b}_{i}\text{, \hspace{1em} for all \hspace{0.5em}}{a}_{i}\in {\mathcal{E}}_{i}\text{, \hspace{1em}}i=1,\dots ,r\text{.}\end{array}$$
(16)
Constraints
$${a}_{i}^{\mathrm{T}}x\le {b}_{i}\text{, \hspace{1em} for all \hspace{0.5em}}{a}_{i}\in {\mathcal{E}}_{i}\text{, \hspace{1em}}i=1,\dots ,r$$
Note we can also get SOCP formulation if there is some uncertainty or variation in the parameters $c$ and ${b}_{i}$ following a similar procedure.
9.2Description of the Printed Output
The solver can print information to give an overview of the problem and of the progress of the computation. The output may be sent to two independent streams (files) which are set by optional parameters Print File and Monitoring File. Optional parameters Print Level, Monitoring Level, Print Solution and Print Options determine the exposed level of detail. This allows, for example, a detailed log file to be generated while the condensed information is displayed on the screen.
By default (${\mathbf{Print\; File}}=6$, ${\mathbf{Print\; Level}}=2$), six sections are printed to the standard output:
Header
Optional parameters list (if ${\mathbf{Print\; Options}}=\mathrm{YES}$)
The header is a message indicating the start of the solver. It should look like:
------------------------------------------------
E04PT, Interior point method for SOCP problems
------------------------------------------------
Optional parameters list
The list shows all options of the solver, each displayed on one line. The output contains the option name, its current value and an indicator for how it was set. The options unchanged from the default setting are noted by ‘d’, options you set are noted by ‘U’, and options reset by the solver are noted by ‘S’. Note that the output format is compatible with the file format expected by e04zpf. The output might look as follows:
Socp Iteration Limit = 100 * d
Socp Max Iterative Refinement = 9 * d
Socp Presolve = Yes * d
Socp Scaling = None * d
Problem statistics
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Level}}\ge 2$, statistics on the original and the presolved problems are printed. More detailed statistics, as well as a list of the presolve operations, are also printed for Print Level$3$ or above, for example:
Problem Statistics
No of variables 3
free (unconstrained) 1
bounded 2
No of lin. constraints 2
nonzeroes 6
No of quad.constraints 0
No of cones 1
biggest cone size 3
Objective function Linear
Presolved Problem Measures
No of variables 7
No of lin. constraints 4
nonzeroes 12
No of cones 1
Iteration log
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Level}}\ge 2$, the solver prints the status of each iteration.
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Level}}=2$, the output shows the iteration number ($0$ represents the starting point), the current primal and dual objective value, convergence measures (primal infeasibility, dual infeasibility and duality gap defined in Section 11.5.1) and the value of the additional variable $\tau $ (see Section 11.1). The output might look as follows:
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Level}}=3$, the solver also prints for each iteration ${\rho}_{A}$ (defined in Section 11.5.1), the value of the variable $\kappa $ (see Section 11.1), the step size, the maximum error of the backsolves performed as well as the total number of iterative refinements performed. The output takes the following form:
Occasionally, when numerical instabilities are too big, the solver will restart the iteration and switch to an augmented system formulation. In such cases the letters RS will be printed in the information column (I).
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Level}}>3$, each iteration produces more information that expands over several lines. This additional information contains:
the method used (normal equation, augmented system);
the number of factorizations performed at the current iteration;
the type of factorization performed (Cholesky, Bunch–Parlett);
the value of the perturbation added to the diagonal in the normal equation formulation or on the zero block in the augmented system formulation;
the total time spent in the iteration if Stats Time is not set to $\mathrm{NO}$.
The output might look as follows:
------------ Details of Iteration 1 ------------
method Augmented System
iterative refinements 9
factorizations 1
matrix type Bunch-Parlett
diagonal perturbation 7.00E-08
time iteration 0.05 sec
--------------------------------------------------
Summary
Once the solver finishes, a detailed summary is produced:
-------------------------------------------------
Status: converged, an optimal solution found
-------------------------------------------------
Final primal objective value 2.688878E+01
Final dual objective value 2.688878E+01
Absolute primal infeasibility 2.264154E-07
Relative primal infeasibility 6.788104E-09
Absolute dual infeasibility 7.639479E-09
Relative dual infeasibility 1.371539E-09
Absolute complementarity gap 2.558237E-08
Relative complementarity gap 8.342957E-10
Iterations 8
It starts with the status line of the overall result which matches the ifail value and is followed by the final primal and dual objective values as well as the error measures and iteration count.
Optionally, if ${\mathbf{Stats\; Time}}=\mathrm{YES}$, the timings of the different parts of the algorithm are displayed. It might look as follows:
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Solution}}=\mathrm{X}$, the values of the primal variables and their bounds on the primary and secondary outputs. It might look as follows:
Internal changes have been made to this routine as follows:
At Mark 29.3:
The default settings were changed for option SOCP System Formulation. The default setting is now to use the augmented system formulation (26) and (27) with Harwell package MA86 (see Hogg and Scott (2010)) for sparse linear algebra factorization. The default settings were changed to increase the efficiency and robustness of the solver. An option SOCP Factorization Method was introduced to allow the choice between Harwell package MA86 or (the previous default) MA97 (see Hogg and Scott (2011)). If you wish to keep the previous settings of this solver, then set the option SOCP System Formulation to be $\mathrm{AUTO}$ and set SOCP Factorization Method to be $\mathrm{MA97}$.
For details of all known issues which have been reported for the NAG Library please refer to the Known Issues.
10Example
This example demonstrates how to define and solve a Second-order Cone Programming (SOCP). As described in Section 9.1, SOCP has many applications, however, a reformulation might be needed. See e04rsf where a convex quadratically constrained quadratic programming problem is defined and solved via SOCP. See also e04saf where the input is read from a file.
This section contains the description of the underlying algorithms used in e04ptf, which implements the standard primal-dual path-following interior point method with Nesterov–Todd scaling and self-dual embedding. For further details, see Nesterov and Todd (1998), Nesterov and Todd (1997) and Andersen et al. (2003).
For simplicity, we consider the following primal Second-order Cone Programming (SOCP) formulation
where $c$, $x\in {\mathbb{R}}^{n}$, $b\in {\mathbb{R}}^{m}$, $A\in {\mathbb{R}}^{m\times n}$ with full row rank, and $\overline{\mathcal{K}}={\mathcal{K}}^{{n}_{1}}\times \cdots \times {\mathcal{K}}^{{n}_{r}}\times {\mathbb{R}}_{+}^{{n}_{l}}$. The dual formulation for problem (19) is given by
where $y$ and $z$ denote the dual variables and $\overline{\mathcal{K}}$ is as defined above (it is a self-dual cone). Solutions of the primal (19) and dual (20) problem are connected by the strong duality theory (see, for example, Nocedal and Wright (2006)) and are characterized by the first-order optimality conditions, the so-called Karush–Kuhn–Tucker (KKT) conditions, which are stated as follows:
where $\circ $ is the multiplication operator defined in a special case of a so-called Euclidean Jordan algebra $({\mathbb{R}}^{n},\circ )$ with the following definition
If (19) and (20) have a strictly feasible solution (i.e., there is a feasible solution $(\hat{x},(\hat{y},\hat{z}))$ such that $\hat{x}\in \mathrm{int}\overline{\mathcal{K}}$ and $\hat{z}\in \mathrm{int}\overline{\mathcal{K}}$), then they both have optimal solutions and the duality gap is zero. Moreover, a feasible solution pair $({x}^{*},{y}^{*},{z}^{*})$ is optimal if, and only if, the KKT conditions (21) hold at this point, see Alizadeh and Goldfarb (2003) for more details.
The underlying algorithm applies an iterative method to find an optimal solution $({x}^{*},{y}^{*},{z}^{*})$ of the system (21) employing variants of Newton's method and modifying the search direction and step length so that the cone constraints are preserved at every iteration.
11.1Homogeneous Self-Dual Algorithm
The homogeneous and self-dual (HSD) model was first studied by Goldman and Tucker (1956) for linear programming and simplified by Xu et al. (1996). Then a generalization of HSD was employed to solve SOCP problems by Andersen et al. (2003) and Sturm (2002). As its name suggests, the HSD model and its dual are equivalent. Self-dual formulations embed the original problem (19) in a larger conic optimization problem such that the latter is primal and dual feasible, with known feasible points, and from which solution we can extract optimal solutions or certificates of infeasibility of the original problem.
We define the homogeneous and self-dual model for problem (19) as follows:
The model (23) can be viewed as a self-dual optimization problem with a zero objective function. If $(\hat{x},\hat{\tau},\hat{y},\hat{z},\hat{\kappa})$ is any feasible solution to (23), then if $\hat{\tau}>0$, a primal-dual optimal solution to (19) and (20) is given by
and the duality gap is given by ${c}^{\mathrm{T}}{x}^{*}-{b}^{\mathrm{T}}{y}^{*}=\hat{\kappa}/\hat{\tau}=0$. The homogeneous algorithm is an application of the primal-dual method for the computation of a feasible solution to (23). In order to achieve this, we follow the guideline of path-following interior point method and define a central path that is a smooth curve connecting an initial interior point and a complementary solution. So the set of nonlinear equations
defines the central path of the homogeneous model parameterized by $\gamma \in [0,1]$, $({x}^{0},{z}^{0},{y}^{0},{\tau}^{0},{\kappa}^{0})$ is an initial feasible point and $\mu $ has the expression $\mu \u2254\frac{{x}^{\mathrm{T}}s+\tau \kappa}{r+1}$ where $r$ is the number of cones.
11.2The Nesterov–Todd Search Direction
The Newton search direction is only guaranteed to be well-defined in a narrow neighbourhood around the central path. The search direction corresponds to applying Newton's method to (24) in a scaled space and then scaling the resulting search direction back to the original space so that it is well-defined. A matrix $W$ is a scaling matrix if it satisfies the conditions $W\succ 0$ and $WQW=Q$ where $W\succ 0$ means $W$ is symmetric and positive definite and $Q$ is a symmetric block diagonal matrix composed by so called reflection matrices ${Q}_{i}$ with the following definition:
It is easy to see that if we scale $x$ to $Wx$, $z$ to ${W}^{\mathrm{-1}}z$, $A$ to $A{W}^{\mathrm{-1}}$, and $c$ to ${W}^{\mathrm{-1}}c$, the resulting primal and dual pair is equivalent to (19) and (20), see Alizadeh and Goldfarb (2003) for more details.
An important issue is the choice of the scaling matrix $W$. According to Andersen et al. (2003), the best results are obtained for the Nesterov–Todd (NT) scaling suggested by Nesterov and Todd (1997). In the NT scaling, $W$ is chosen such that
When Newton's method is applied to the perturbed complementarity conditions in (24), the quadratic terms are neglected. Instead of neglecting the quadratic term Mehrotra (1992) suggested using a second-order correction of the search direction which increases the efficiency of the algorithm significantly in practice (Lustig et al. (1992)).
To implement this idea, we first solve (24) for $\gamma =0$ to get an affine scaling direction and a maximum step size ${\alpha}_{n}^{\text{max}}$ to the boundary. Then use these directions to estimate the quadratic terms
$$W\Delta x\circ {W}^{\mathrm{-1}}\Delta z\text{\hspace{1em} and \hspace{1em}}\Delta \tau \Delta \kappa $$
from (24) and use ${\alpha}_{n}^{\text{max}}$ to choose
where $\delta \in (0,1)$ is a constant. Therefore, we can choose $\gamma $ dynamically depending on how much progress can be made in the pure Newton (affine scaling) direction.
11.4Solving the KKT System
The solution of the Newton system of equations (25) is the most computationally costly operation. To reduce the system, we need the following definition. Associated with each vector $x=({x}_{0};\overline{x})\in {\mathbb{R}}^{n}$ there is an arrow-shaped matrix $\mathit{Arw}\left(x\right)$ defined as:
Linear systems (26) and (27) are systems of $m+n$ variables, symmetric and indefinite. Submatrix $W$ is block diagonal and positive definite. Note that systems (26) and (27) have the same coefficient matrix so we only need to perform factorization once per iteration.
The system (27) can be further reduced by eliminating ${g}_{1}$ and ${h}_{1}$, to a positive definite system usually called normal equations defined as
Typically, formulation (28) is preferred for many problems as the system matrix can be factorized by a sparse Cholesky. However, this brings some well-known disadvantages: ill-conditioning of the system is often observed during the final stages of the algorithm. If matrix $A$ contains dense columns (columns with relatively many nonzeros), then $A{W}^{\mathrm{-2}}{A}^{\mathrm{T}}$ has many nonzeros, which in turn makes the factorization expensive. On the other hand, solving the augmented system by Bunch–Parlett type factorization is usually slower, but it normally avoids the fill-in caused by dense columns.
e04ptf can detect and handle dense columns in the KKT system effectively. Since matrix ${W}^{\mathrm{-2}}$ in (28) is block diagonal, so dense columns also come as a linear combination of some columns in $A$. Depending on the number and the density of the ‘dense’ columns, the solver may either choose to directly use an augmented system formulation or to treat these columns separately in a product-form Cholesky factorization as described by Goldfarb and Scheinberg (2005). It is also possible to manually override the automatic choice via the optional parameter SOCP System Formulation and let the solver use a normal equations or an augmented system formulation.
Badly scaled optimal solutions may present numerical challenges, therefore, iterative refinement is employed for reducing the roundoff errors produced during the solution of the system. When the condition number of the system $A{W}^{\mathrm{-2}}{A}^{\mathrm{T}}$ prevents the satisfactory use of iterative refinement, e04ptf switches automatically to an augmented system formulation, reporting RS (Restart) in the last column of the iteration log (I). Furthermore, e04ptf provides several scaling techniques to adjust the numerical characteristics of the problem data, see optional parameter SOCP Scaling.
Finally, factorization of the system matrix can degrade sparsity, so the resulting fill-in can be large, therefore, several ordering techniques are included to minimize it. e04ptf uses Harwell packages MA86 (see Hogg and Scott (2010) and HSL) or MA97 (see Hogg and Scott (2011) and HSL) for the underlying sparse linear algebra factorization and MC68 approximate minimum degree algorithm, and METIS (Karypis and Kumar (1998)) nested dissection algorithm for the ordering. The use of packages MA97 or MA86 may be specified using SOCP Factorization Method.
11.5Stopping Criteria
11.5.1Convergence-optimal termination
To measure the infeasibility, the following measures
are defined to measure the relative reduction in the primal, dual and gap infeasibility, respectively. In addition, an extra measure is considered to quantify the accuracy in the objective function, which is given by
Premature termination is triggered and the returned solution is considered as an optimal solution if the current iteration exhibits fast convergence and the optimality measures lie within a small range of desired precision. In particular, the self-dual algorithm is stopped if the above termination conditions are met within a small factor and $\tau >1000\kappa $. This measure is tracked after the first $10$ iterations.
In addition, the solver stops prematurely and reports suboptimal solution when it predicts that the current estimate of the solution will not be improved in subsequent iterations. In most cases the returned solution should be acceptable.
11.5.2Infeasibility/Unboundedness Detection
The problem is concluded to be primal or dual infeasible if one of the following conditions hold:
1.$\mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}({\rho}_{P},{\rho}_{D},{\rho}_{G})\le {\epsilon}_{1}\text{\hspace{1em} and \hspace{1em}}\tau \le {\epsilon}_{2}\mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}(1,\kappa )$.
2.$\mu \le {\epsilon}_{2}{\mu}_{0}\text{\hspace{1em} and \hspace{1em}}\tau \le {\epsilon}_{2}\mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}(1,\kappa )$.
Then the problem is declared dual infeasible if ${c}^{\mathrm{T}}x<0$ or primal infeasible otherwise.
11.6Further Details
e04ptf includes an advance preprocessing phase (called presolve) to reduce the dimensions of the problem before passing it to the solver. The reduction in problem size generally improves the behaviour of the solver, shortening the total computation time. In addition, infeasibility may also be detected during preprocessing. The default behaviour of the presolve can be modified by optional parameter SOCP Presolve.
12Optional Parameters
Several optional parameters in e04ptf define choices in the problem specification or the algorithm logic. In order to reduce the number of formal arguments of e04ptf these optional parameters have associated default values that are appropriate for most problems. Therefore, you need only specify those optional parameters whose values are to be different from their default values.
The remainder of this section can be skipped if you wish to use the default values for all optional parameters.
The optional parameters can be changed by calling e04zmf anytime between the initialization of the handle and the call to the solver. Modification of the optional parameters during intermediate monitoring stops is not allowed. Once the solver finishes, the optional parameters can be altered again for the next solve.
The option values can be retrieved by calling e04znf.
The following is a list of the optional parameters available. A full description of each optional parameter is provided in Section 12.1.
For each option, we give a summary line, a description of the optional parameter and details of constraints.
The summary line contains:
the keywords;
a parameter value,
where the letters $a$, $i$ and $r$ denote options that take character, integer and real values respectively;
the default value, where the symbol $\epsilon $ is a generic notation for machine precision (see x02ajf).
All options accept the value $\mathrm{DEFAULT}$ to return single options to their default states.
Keywords and character values are case and white space insensitive.
Defaults
This special keyword may be used to reset all optional parameters to their default values. Any argument value given with this keyword will be ignored.
Infinite Bound Size
$r$
Default $\text{}={10}^{20}$
This defines the ‘infinite’ bound $\mathit{bigbnd}$ in the definition of the problem constraints. Any upper bound greater than or equal to $\mathit{bigbnd}$ will
be regarded as $+\infty $ (and similarly any lower bound less than or equal to $-\mathit{bigbnd}$ will be regarded as $-\infty $). Note that a modification of this optional parameter does not influence constraints which have already been defined; only the constraints formulated after the change will be affected.
If $i\ge 0$, the
unit number
for the secondary (monitoring) output. If set to $\mathrm{-1}$, no secondary output is provided. The following information is output to the unit:
–a listing of the optional parameters;
–problem statistics, the iteration log, and the final status as set by Monitoring Level;
This parameter sets the amount of information detail that will be printed by the solver to the secondary output. The meaning of the levels is the same as with Print Level.
If $i\ge 0$, the
unit number
for the primary output of the solver. If ${\mathbf{Print\; File}}=\mathrm{-1}$, the primary output is completely turned off independently of other settings. The default value is the advisory message unit number as defined by x04abf at the time of the optional parameters initialization, e.g., at the initialization of the handle. The following information is output to the unit:
–a listing of optional parameters if set by Print Options;
–problem statistics, the iteration log, and the final status from the solver as set by Print Level;
This parameter defines how detailed information should be printed by the solver to the primary output.
$\mathit{i}$
Output
$0$
No output from the solver
$1$
Only the final status and the primal and dual objective value
$2$
Problem statistics, one line per iteration showing the progress of the solution with respect to the convergence measures, final status and statistics
$3$
As level $2$ but each iteration line is longer, including step lengths and errors
$4,5$
As level $3$ but further details of each iteration are presented
Constraint: $0\le {\mathbf{Print\; Level}}\le 5$.
Print Options
$a$
Default $=\mathrm{YES}$
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Options}}=\mathrm{YES}$, a listing of optional parameters will be printed to the primary output.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{Print\; Options}}=\mathrm{YES}$ or $\mathrm{NO}$.
Print Solution
$a$
Default $=\mathrm{NO}$
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Solution}}=\mathrm{X}$, the final values of the primal variables are printed on the primary and secondary outputs.
If ${\mathbf{Print\; Solution}}=\mathrm{YES}$ or $\mathrm{ALL}$, in addition to the primal variables, the final values of the dual variables are printed on the primary and secondary outputs.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{Print\; Solution}}=\mathrm{YES}$, $\mathrm{NO}$, $\mathrm{X}$ or $\mathrm{ALL}$.
SOCP Factorization Method
$a$
Default $=\mathrm{MA86}$
If the value of SOCP System Formulation is $\mathrm{AUGMENTED\; SYSTEM}$, then this parameter controls whether Harwell packages $\mathrm{MA86}$ or $\mathrm{MA97}$ is used for the sparse linear algebra factorization. Note that if the option value SOCP System Formulation is set to $\mathrm{AUTO}$ or $\mathrm{NORMAL\; EQUATIONS}$, then specifying $\mathrm{MA86}$ with this option will allow the solver to use this package in the case that the solver switches to the augmented system formulation.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{SOCP\; Factorization\; Method}}=\mathrm{MA97}$ or $\mathrm{MA86}$.
SOCP Iteration Limit
$i$
Default $\text{}=100$
The maximum number of iterations to be performed by e04ptf. Setting the option too low might lead to ${\mathbf{ifail}}={\mathbf{22}}$.
This parameter defines the frequency of how often subroutine monit is called. If $i>0$, the solver calls monit at the end of every $i$th iteration. If it is set to $0$, the subroutine is not called at all.
This parameter allows you to reduce the level of presolving of the problem or turn it off completely. If the presolver is turned off, the solver will try to handle the problem as given by you. In such a case, the presence of fixed variables or linear dependencies in the constraint matrix can cause numerical instabilities to occur. In normal circumstances, it is recommended to use the full presolve which is the default.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{SOCP\; Presolve}}=\mathrm{FULL}$, $\mathrm{BASIC}$ or $\mathrm{NO}$.
SOCP Scaling
$a$
Default $=\mathrm{NONE}$
This parameter controls the type of scaling to be applied on the constraint matrix $A$ before solving the problem. More precisely, the scaling procedure will try to find diagonal matrices ${D}_{1}$ and ${D}_{2}$ such that the values in ${D}_{1}A{D}_{2}$ are of a similar order of magnitude. The solver is less likely to run into numerical difficulties when the constraint matrix is well scaled.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{SOCP\; Scaling}}=\mathrm{ARITHMETIC}$, $\mathrm{GEOMETRIC}$ or $\mathrm{NONE}$.
SOCP Stop Tolerance
$r$
Default $=\sqrt{\epsilon}$
This parameter sets the value ${\epsilon}_{1}$ which is the tolerance for the convergence measures in the stopping criteria, see Section 11.5.
As described in Section 11.4, e04ptf can internally work either with the normal equations formulation (28) or with the augmented system (26) and (27). A brief discussion of advantages and disadvantages is presented in (27). Setting the option value to $\mathrm{AUTO}$ leaves the decision to the solver based on the structure of the constraints. This will typically lead to the normal equations formulation unless there are many dense columns or the system is significantly cheaper to factorize as the augmented system. Note that in some cases even if ${\mathbf{SOCP\; System\; Formulation}}=\mathrm{NORMAL\; EQUATIONS}$ the solver might switch the formulation through the computation to the augmented system due to numerical instabilities or computational cost.
This parameter allows you to turn on timings of various parts of the algorithm to give a better overview of where most of the time is spent. This might be helpful for a choice of different solving approaches. It is possible to choose between CPU and wall clock time. Choice $\mathrm{YES}$ is equivalent to $\mathrm{WALL\; CLOCK}$.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{Stats\; Time}}=\mathrm{YES}$, $\mathrm{NO}$, $\mathrm{CPU}$ or $\mathrm{WALL\; CLOCK}$.
Task
$a$
Default $=\mathrm{MINIMIZE}$
This parameter specifies the required direction of the optimization. If ${\mathbf{Task}}=\mathrm{FEASIBLE\; POINT}$, the objective function (if set) is ignored and the algorithm stops as soon as a feasible point is found with respect to the given tolerance. If no objective function is set, Task reverts to $\mathrm{FEASIBLE\; POINT}$ automatically.
Constraint: ${\mathbf{Task}}=\mathrm{MINIMIZE}$, $\mathrm{MAXIMIZE}$ or $\mathrm{FEASIBLE\; POINT}$.
Time Limit
$r$
Default $\text{}={10}^{6}$
A limit to the number of seconds that the solver can use to solve one problem. If during the convergence check this limit is exceeded, the solver will terminate with ${\mathbf{ifail}}={\mathbf{23}}$.