Quasi-Newton Methods for Saddle Point Problems

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 35 (NeurIPS 2022) Main Conference Track

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Chengchang Liu, Luo Luo


This paper studies quasi-Newton methods for strongly-convex-strongly-concave saddle point problems. We propose random Broyden family updates, which have explicit local superlinear convergence rate of ${\mathcal O}\big(\big(1-1/(d\varkappa^2)\big)^{k(k-1)/2}\big)$, where $d$ is the dimension of the problem, $\varkappa$ is the condition number and $k$ is the number of iterations. The design and analysis of proposed algorithm are based on estimating the square of indefinite Hessian matrix, which is different from classical quasi-Newton methods in convex optimization. We also present two specific Broyden family algorithms with BFGS-type and SR1-type updates, which enjoy the faster local convergence rate of $\mathcal O\big(\big(1-1/d\big)^{k(k-1)/2}\big)$. Our numerical experiments show proposed algorithms outperform classical first-order methods.