Knowledge and Information Systems

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 423–438 | Cite as

A new accelerated proximal technique for regression with high-dimensional datasets

  • Mridula Verma
  • K. K. Shukla
Regular Paper


We consider the problem of minimization of the sum of two convex functions, one of which is a smooth function, while another one may be a nonsmooth function. Many high-dimensional learning problems (classification/regression) can be designed using such frameworks, which can be efficiently solved with the help of first-order proximal-based methods. Due to slow convergence of traditional proximal methods, a recent trend is to introduce acceleration to such methods, which increases the speed of convergence. Such proximal gradient methods belong to a wider class of the forward–backward algorithms, which mathematically can be interpreted as fixed-point iterative schemes. In this paper, we design few new proximal gradient methods corresponding to few state-of-the-art fixed-point iterative schemes and compare their performances on the regression problem. In addition, we propose a new accelerated proximal gradient algorithm, which outperforms earlier traditional methods in terms of convergence speed and regression error. To demonstrate the applicability of our method, we conducted experiments for the problem of regression with several publicly available high-dimensional real datasets taken from different application domains. Empirical results exhibit that the proposed method outperforms the previous methods in terms of convergence, accuracy, and objective function values.


Nonsmooth convex minimization Proximal methods Regression 



The first author would like to acknowledge the financial support by Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) in terms of teaching assistantship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringIIT (BHU)VaranasiIndia

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