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The mixing time of the Dikin walk in a polytope-A simple proof

We study the mixing time of the Dikin walk in a polytope a random walk based on the log-barrier from the interior point method literature. This walk, and a close variant, were studied by Narayanan (2016) and Kannan-Narayanan (2012). Bounds on its mixing time are important for algorithms for sampling and optimization over polytopes. Here, we provide a simple proof of their result that this random walk mixes in time O(mn) for an n-dimensional polytope described using m inequalities. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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