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RSOpt (Riemannian stochastic optimization algorithms)

Authors: Hiroyuki Kasai, Bamdev Mishra and Hiroyuki Sato

Last page update: September 13, 2018

Latest version: 1.0.2 (see Release notes for more info)


Let f: M -> R be a smooth real-valued function on a Riemannian manifold M. The target problem concerns a given model variable w on M, and is expressed as min_{w in M} f(w) := 1/n sum_{i=1}^n f_i(w), where n is the total number of the elements.

This problem has many applications; for example, in principal component analysis (PCA) and the subspace tracking problem, which is the set of r-dimensional linear subspaces in R^d. The low-rank matrix comletion problem and tensor completion problem are promising applications concerning the manifold of fixed-rank matrices/tensors. The linear regression problem is also defined on the manifold of fixed-rank matrices.

A popular choice of algorithms for solving this probem is the Riemannian gradient descent method, which calculates the Riemannian full gradient estimation for every iteration. However, this estimation is computationally costly when n is extremely large. A popular alternative is the Riemannian stochastic gradient descent algorithm (R-SGD), which extends the stochastic gradient descent algorithm (SGD) in the Euclidean space to the Riemannian manifold. As R-SGD calculates only one gradient for the i-th sample, the complexity per iteration is independent of the sample size n. Although R-SGD requires retraction and vector transport operations in every iteration, those calculation costs can be ignored when they are lower than those of the stochastic gradient; this applies to many important Riemannian optimization problems, including the low-rank tensor completion problem and the Riemannian centroid problem.

Similar to SGD, R-SGD is hindered by a slow convergence rate due to a decaying step size sequence. To accelerate the rate of R-SGD, the Riemannian stochastic variance reduced gradient algorithm (R-SVRG) has been proposed; this technique reduces the variance of the stochastic gradient exploiting the finite-sum based on recent progress in variance reduction methods in the Euclidean space . One distinguished feature is reduction of the variance of noisy stochastic gradients by periodical full gradient estimations, which yields a linear convergence rate. Riemannian stochastic quasi-Newton algorithm with variance reduction algorithm (R-SQN-VR) has also recently been proposed, where a stochastic quasi-Newton algorithm and the variance reduced methods are mutually combined. Furthermore, the Riemannian stochastic recursive gradient algorithm (R-SRG) has recently been also proposed to accelerate the convergence rate of R-SGD.

This RSOpt package provides the MATLAB implementation codes dedicated to those stochastic algorithms above.

Note that various manifold algrithms on various manifolds are implemented in MATLAB toolbox manopt. The RSOpt codes are compliant to manopt. Also, please see here for more comprehensive explanation of optimization algorithms on matrix manifolds.


Folders and files

./                      - Top directory.
./             - This readme file.
./run_me_first.m        - The scipt that you need to run first.
./demo.m                - Demonstration script to check and understand this package easily. 
|solvers/               - Contains various Riemannian stochastic optimization algorithms.
|tool/                  - Some auxiliary tools for this project.
|manopt/                - Contains manopt toolbox.

First to do

Run run_me_first for path configurations.

%% First run the setup script

Demonstration script

Run demo for computing the Riemannian centroid of N symmetric positive-definite (SPD) matrices of size dxd. This problem frequently appears in computer vision problems such as visual object categorization and pose categorization. This demonstation handles N=500 and d=3.


More plots

Run show_centroid_plots for the same Riemannian centroid problem. This scripts compares R-SGD, R-SVRG, R-SRG and R-SRG+ as well as batch algorithms including R-SD and R-CG. This scripts handles N=5000 and d=10.



  • The code is free and open source.
  • The code should only be used for academic/research purposes.


  • The code is compliant to MATLAB toolbox manopt.

Problems or questions

If you have any problems or questions, please contact the author: Hiroyuki Kasai (email: kasai at is dot uec dot ac dot jp)

Release Notes

  • Version 1.0.2 (Sep. 13, 2018)
    • MC problem (with Jester dataset) example is added.
  • Version 1.0.1 (July 20, 2018)
    • Initial codes are available.
  • Version 1.0.0 (July 12, 2018)
    • Initial version.
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