An improved gradient projection-based decomposition technique for support vector machines
Computational Management Science
In this paper we propose some improvements to a recent decomposition technique for the large quadratic program arising in training support vector machines. As standard decomposition approaches, the technique we consider is based on the idea to optimize, at each iteration, a subset of the variables through the solution of a quadratic programming subproblem. The innovative features of this approach consist in using a very effective gradient projection method for the inner subproblems and a special rule for selecting the variables to be optimized at each step. These features allow to obtain promising performance by decomposing the problem into fewlarge subproblems instead of many small subproblems as usually done by other decomposition schemes.We improve this technique by introducing a newinner solver and a simple strategy for reducing the computational cost of each iteration.We evaluate the effectiveness of these improvements by solving large-scale benchmark problems and by comparison with a widely used decomposition package.