Underlying paths in interior point methods for the monotone semidefinite linear complementarity problem

Chee-Khian Sim, Gongyun Zhao

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An interior point method defines a search direction at each interior point of the feasible region. The search directions at all interior points together form a direction field, which gives rise to a system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs). Given an initial point in the interior of the feasible region, the unique solution of the ODE system is a curve passing through the point, with tangents parallel to the search directions along the curve. We call such curves off-central paths. We study off-central paths for the monotone semidefinite linear complementarity problem (SDLCP). We show that each off-central path is a well-defined analytic curve with parameter μ ranging over (0, ∞) and any accumulation point of the off-central path is a solution to SDLCP. Through a simple example we show that the off-central paths are not analytic as a function of μ √ and have first derivatives which are unbounded as a function of μ at μ = 0 in general. On the other hand, for the same example, we can find a subset of off-central paths which are analytic at μ = 0. These “nice” paths are characterized by some algebraic equations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-499
JournalMathematical Programming
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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