By E. de Klerk

Semidefinite programming has been defined as linear programming for the 12 months 2000. it's an exhilarating new department of mathematical programming, because of vital purposes up to the mark conception, combinatorial optimization and different fields. in addition, the winning inside aspect algorithms for linear programming may be prolonged to semidefinite programming.

In this monograph the elemental conception of inside aspect algorithms is defined. This contains the most recent effects at the homes of the primary direction in addition to the research of an important sessions of algorithms. a number of "classic" functions of semidefinite programming also are defined intimately. those comprise the Lovász theta functionality and the MAX-CUT approximation set of rules through Goemans and Williamson.

Audience: Researchers or graduate scholars in optimization or similar fields, who desire to examine extra concerning the concept and functions of semidefinite programming.

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The primal optimal solution remains unique and unchanged, however. 3 THE CENTRAL PATH Preamble If the system of necessary and sufficient optimality conditions for (P) and (D) is perturbed by introducing a parameter in a special way, then the solution of the perturbed system defines an analytic curve (parameterized by through the feasible region, which leads to the optimal set as This curve is called the central path and most interior point methods ‘follow’ the central path approximately to reach the optimal set.

Proof: Let and let be primal nondegenerate. We can assume that the orthogonal matrix with eigenvectors of as columns takes the form where is an orthogonal matrix, whose columns include those eigenvectors of that correspond to positive eigenvalues, and where is an orthogonal matrix whose columns span the space To fix our ideas, we assume that dim such that is an matrix. 18), we can write where and are suitable positive semidefinite matrices of size We will prove that Note that and Let now be given, and recall that by nondegeneracy We can therefore decompose Z as say, where is zero: and We now show that the inner product of Z and where we have used the fact that We conclude that since was arbitrary.

G. Bazaraa et al. 2. 2 THE CENTRAL PATH 43 Note that is a minimizer of and only if and are minimizers of and respectively. 1). 1). Note that is given as the sum of two strictly convex functions up to a constant, and is therefore also strictly convex. We therefore only have to prove that its level sets are compact in order to establish existence and uniqueness of the central path. We will do this in two steps: 1. 1); 2. 1). 1 (Compact level sets of duality gap) Assume that (P) and (D) are strictly feasible.