# On Local Convergence of the Method of Alternating Projections

Abstract: The method of alternating projections is a classical tool to solve feasibility problems. Here we prove local convergence of alternating projections between subanalytic sets $$A,B$$A,B under a mild regularity hypothesis on one of the sets. We show that the speed of convergence is $${\mathcal {O}}(k^{-\rho })$$O(k-?) for some $$\rho \in (0,\infty )$$??(0,?).

Topics: Subanalytic set (60%), Local convergence (54%), Convergence (routing) (52%)

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TL;DR: This work considers the method of alternating projections for finding a point in the intersection of two closed sets and proves local linear convergence and subsequence convergence when the two sets are semi-algebraic and bounded, but not necessarily transversal.

Abstract: We consider the method of alternating projections for finding a point in the intersection of two closed sets, possibly nonconvex. Assuming only the standard transversality condition (or a weaker version thereof), we prove local linear convergence. When the two sets are semi-algebraic and bounded, but not necessarily transversal, we nonetheless prove subsequence convergence.

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TL;DR: It is conjecture that the classical algorithm of alternating projections (Gerchberg–Saxton) succeeds with high probability when no special initialization procedure is used, and it is conjectured that this result is still true when nospecial initialization process is used.

Abstract: We consider a phase retrieval problem, where we want to reconstruct a $n$-dimensional vector from its phaseless scalar products with $m$ sensing vectors. We assume the sensing vectors to be independently sampled from complex normal distributions. We propose to solve this problem with the classical non-convex method of alternating projections. We show that, when $m\geq Cn$ for $C$ large enough, alternating projections succeed with high probability, provided that they are carefully initialized. We also show that there is a regime in which the stagnation points of the alternating projections method disappear, and the initialization procedure becomes useless. However, in this regime, $m$ has to be of the order of $n^2$. Finally, we conjecture from our numerical experiments that, in the regime $m=O(n)$, there are stagnation points, but the size of their attraction basin is small if $m/n$ is large enough, so alternating projections can succeed with probability close to $1$ even with no special initialization.

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Abstract: We consider a phase retrieval problem, where we want to reconstruct a $n$ -dimensional vector from its phaseless scalar products with $m$ sensing vectors, independently sampled from complex normal distributions. We show that, with a suitable initialization procedure, the classical algorithm of alternating projections (Gerchberg–Saxton) succeeds with high probability when $m\geq Cn$ , for some $C>0$ . We conjecture that this result is still true when no special initialization procedure is used, and present numerical experiments that support this conjecture.

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Abstract: We synthesize and unify notions of regularity, both of individual sets and of collections of sets, as they appear in the convergence theory of projection methods for consistent feasibility problems. Several new characterizations of regularities are presented which shed light on the relations between seemingly different ideas and point to possible necessary conditions for local linear convergence of fundamental algorithms.

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Abstract: We develop a framework for quantitative convergence analysis of Picard iterations of expansive set-valued fixed point mappings. There are two key components of the analysis. The first is a natural generalization of single-valued averaged mappings to expansive set-valued mappings that characterizes a type of strong calmness of the fixed point mapping. The second component to this analysis is an extension of the well-established notion of metric subregularity - or inverse calmness - of the mapping at fixed points. Convergence of expansive fixed point iterations is proved using these two properties, and quantitative estimates are a natural by-product of the framework. To demonstrate the application of the theory, we prove, for the first time, a number of results showing local linear convergence of nonconvex cyclic projections for inconsistent (and consistent) feasibility problems, local linear convergence of the forward-backward algorithm for structured optimization without convexity, strong or otherwise, and local linear convergence of the Douglas-Rachford algorithm for structured nonconvex minimization. This theory includes earlier approaches for known results, convex and nonconvex, as special cases.

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