Convergence analysis of a Lasserre hierarchy of upper bounds for polynomial minimization on the sphere

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We study the convergence rate of a hierarchy of upper bounds for polynomial minimization problems, proposed by Lasserre [SIAM J. Optim. 21(3) (2011), pp. 864-885], for the special case when the feasible set is the unit (hyper)sphere. The upper bound at level r of the hierarchy is defined as the minimal expected value of the polynomial over all probability distributions on the sphere, when the probability density function is a sum-of-squares polynomial of degree at most 2r with respect to the surface measure. We show that the exact rate of convergence is Theta(1/r^2), and explore the implications for the related rate of convergence for the generalized problem of moments on the sphere.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMathematical Programming
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jan 2020



  • polynomial optimization on sphere
  • Lasserre hierarchy
  • semidefinite programming
  • generalized eigenvalue problem

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