On self-concordant barriers for generalized power cones

Scott Roy, Lin Xiao

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In the study of interior-point methods for nonsymmetric conic optimization and their applications, Nesterov (Optim Methods Softw 27(4–5): 893–917, 2012) introduced a 4-self-concordant barrier for the power cone, also known as Koecher’s cone. In his PhD thesis, Chares (Cones and interior-point algorithms for structured convex optimization involving powers and exponentials, PhD thesis, Universite catholique de Louvain, 2009) found an improved 3-self-concordant barrier for the power cone. In addition, he introduced the generalized power cone, and conjectured a “nearly optimal” self-concordant barrier for it. In this paper, we prove Chares’ conjecture. As a byproduct of our analysis, we derive a self-concordant barrier for a nonnegative power cone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-694
Number of pages14
JournalOptimization Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Generalized power cone
  • Nonsymmetric conic optimization
  • Self-concordant barrier


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