On Khachiyan's algorithm for the computation of minimum-volume enclosing ellipsoids

Michael J. Todd*, E. Alper Yildirim

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Abstract

Given A {colon equals} { a1, ..., am } ⊂ Rd whose affine hull is Rd, we study the problems of computing an approximate rounding of the convex hull of A and an approximation to the minimum-volume enclosing ellipsoid of A. In the case of centrally symmetric sets, we first establish that Khachiyan's barycentric coordinate descent (BCD) method is exactly the polar of the deepest cut ellipsoid method using two-sided symmetric cuts. This observation gives further insight into the efficient implementation of the BCD method. We then propose a variant algorithm which computes an approximate rounding of the convex hull of A, and which can also be used to compute an approximation to the minimum-volume enclosing ellipsoid of A. Our algorithm is a modification of the algorithm of Kumar and Yi{dotless}ldi{dotless}ri{dotless}m, which combines Khachiyan's BCD method with a simple initialization scheme to achieve a slightly improved polynomial complexity result, and which returns a small "core set." We establish that our algorithm computes an approximate solution to the dual optimization formulation of the minimum-volume enclosing ellipsoid problem that satisfies a more complete set of approximate optimality conditions than either of the two previous algorithms. Furthermore, this added benefit is achieved without any increase in the improved asymptotic complexity bound of the algorithm of Kumar and Yi{dotless}ldi{dotless}ri{dotless}m or any increase in the bound on the size of the computed core set. In addition, the "dropping idea" used in our algorithm has the potential of computing smaller core sets in practice. We also discuss several possible variants of this dropping technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1731-1744
Number of pages14
JournalDiscrete Applied Mathematics
Volume155
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2007

Keywords

  • Approximation algorithms
  • Core sets
  • Ellipsoid method
  • Löwner ellipsoid
  • Rounding of polytopes

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