On Geodesically Convex Formulations for the Brascamp-Lieb Constant

Authors Suvrit Sra, Nisheeth K. Vishnoi, Ozan Yildiz

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Suvrit Sra
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA
Nisheeth K. Vishnoi
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
Ozan Yildiz
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

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Suvrit Sra, Nisheeth K. Vishnoi, and Ozan Yildiz. On Geodesically Convex Formulations for the Brascamp-Lieb Constant. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 116, pp. 25:1-25:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


We consider two non-convex formulations for computing the optimal constant in the Brascamp-Lieb inequality corresponding to a given datum and show that they are geodesically log-concave on the manifold of positive definite matrices endowed with the Riemannian metric corresponding to the Hessian of the log-determinant function. The first formulation is present in the work of Lieb [Lieb, 1990] and the second is new and inspired by the work of Bennett et al. [Bennett et al., 2008]. Recent work of Garg et al. [Ankit Garg et al., 2017] also implies a geodesically log-concave formulation of the Brascamp-Lieb constant through a reduction to the operator scaling problem. However, the dimension of the arising optimization problem in their reduction depends exponentially on the number of bits needed to describe the Brascamp-Lieb datum. The formulations presented here have dimensions that are polynomial in the bit complexity of the input datum.

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  • Theory of computation → Nonconvex optimization
  • Theory of computation → Convex optimization
  • Geodesic convexity
  • positive definite cone
  • geodesics
  • Brascamp-Lieb constant


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