Haim Avron (Tel Aviv University)
We consider optimization problems of the form max f(x) s.t. x^T B x=1 where B is a symmetric positive definite matrix which is the Gram matrix of some input n-by-d data matrix X. This problem naturally occurs in quite a few application, such as finding the largest or smallest singular value, linear discriminant analysis and canonical correlation analysis. Since the constraint set is a manifold, Riemannian optimization is natural tool for tackling such problems. However, the prevalent method in which this method is materilized leads to an O(nd^2) cost, which is not attractive if n is large and/or X is sparse. The underlying reason is that these methods are based on a Riemannian metric that require the factorization of the Gram matrix B. We propose to use an alternative metric which is based on randomized precoditioning of X (e.g. the construction used in Blendenpik). Theoretical and empirical aspects will be discussed.