%0 Journal Article
%D 2011
%T A First-Order Smoothing Technique for a Class of Large-Scale Linear Programs
%A J. Chen
%A S. Burer
%X We study a class of linear programming (LP) problems motivated by large-scale machine learning applications. After reformulating the LP as a convex nonsmooth problem, we apply Nesterov's primal-dual smoothing technique. It turns out that the iteration complexity of the smoothing technique depends on a parameter O that arises because we need to bound the originally unbounded primal feasible set. We design a strategy that dynamically updates O to speed up the convergence. The application of our algorithm to two machine learning problems demonstrates several advantages of the smoothing technique over existing methods.
%8 11/2011
%G eng
%1 http://www.mcs.anl.gov/papers/1971-1111.pdf