Variable Metric Relaxation Methods, Part II: The Ellipsoid Method

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The deepest, or least shallow, cut ellipsoid method is a polynomial (time and space) method which finds an ellipsoid, representable by polynomial space integers, such that the maximal ellipsoidal distance relaxation method using this fixed ellipsoid is polynomial; this is equivalent to finding a linear transformation such that the maximal distance relaxation method of Agmon, Motzkin and Schoenberg in this transformed space is polynomial. If perfect arithmetic is used, then the sequence of ellipsoids generated by the method converges to a set of ellipsoids, which share some of the properties of the classical Hessian at an optimum point of a function; and thus the ellipsoid method is quite analogous to a variable metric quasi-Newton method.

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