Reductions¶
A Reduction
is a transformation
from one problem to an equivalent problem. Two problems are equivalent
if a solution of one can be converted to a solution of the other with no
more than a moderate amount of effort. CVXPY uses reductions to rewrite
problems into forms that solvers will accept.
Reductions allow CVXPY to simplify problems and target different categories of solvers (quadratic program solvers and conic solvers are two examples of solver categories). Appropriating terminology from software compilers, we classify reductions as either middleend reductions or backend reductions. A reduction that simplifies a source problem without regard to the targeted solver is called a middleend reduction, whereas a reduction that takes a source problem and converts it to a form acceptable to a category of solvers is called a backend reduction. Each solver (along with the mode in which it is invoked) is called a backend or target.
The majority of users will not need to know anything about the reduction API; indeed, most users need not even know that reductions exist. But those who wish to extend CVXPY or contribute to it may find the API useful, as might those who are simply curious to learn how CVXPY works.
Solution¶

class
cvxpy.reductions.solution.
Solution
(status, opt_val, primal_vars, dual_vars, attr)[source]¶ Bases:
object
A solution to an optimization problem.

status
¶ The status code.
 Type
str

opt_val
¶ The optimal value.
 Type
float

primal_vars
¶ A map from variable ids to optimal values.
 Type
dict of id to NumPy ndarray

dual_vars
¶ A map from constraint ids to dual values.
 Type
dict of id to NumPy ndarray

attr
¶ Miscelleneous information propagated up from a solver.
 Type
dict

Reduction¶

class
cvxpy.reductions.reduction.
Reduction
(problem=None)[source]¶ Bases:
object
Abstract base class for reductions.
A reduction is an actor that transforms a problem into an equivalent problem. By equivalent we mean that there exists a mapping between solutions of either problem: if we reduce a problem \(A\) to another problem \(B\) and then proceed to find a solution to \(B\), we can convert it to a solution of \(A\) with at most a moderate amount of effort.
A reduction that is instantiated with a nonNone problem offers two key methods: reduce and retrieve. The reduce() method converts the problem the reduction was instantiated with to an equivalent problem. The retrieve() method takes as an argument a Solution for the equivalent problem and returns a Solution for the problem owned by the reduction.
Every reduction offers three lowlevel methods: accepts, apply, and invert. The accepts method of a particular reduction specifies the types of problems that it is applicable to; the apply method takes a problem and reduces it to an equivalent form, and the invert method maps solutions from reducedto problems to their problems of provenance.
 problemProblem
A problem owned by this reduction; possibly None.

__init__
(problem=None)[source]¶ Construct a reduction for reducing problem.
If problem is not None, then a subsequent invocation of reduce() will reduce problem and return an equivalent one.

accepts
(problem)[source]¶ States whether the reduction accepts a problem.
 Parameters
problem (Problem) – The problem to check.
 Returns
True if the reduction can be applied, False otherwise.
 Return type
bool

abstract
apply
(problem)[source]¶ Applies the reduction to a problem and returns an equivalent problem.
 Parameters
problem (Problem) – The problem to which the reduction will be applied.
 Returns
Problem or dict – An equivalent problem, encoded either as a Problem or a dict.
InverseData, list or dict – Data needed by the reduction in order to invert this particular application.

abstract
invert
(solution, inverse_data)[source]¶ Returns a solution to the original problem given the inverse_data.
Chain¶

class
cvxpy.reductions.chain.
Chain
(problem=None, reductions=[])[source]¶ Bases:
cvxpy.reductions.reduction.Reduction
A logical grouping of multiple reductions into a single reduction.

accepts
(problem)[source]¶ A problem is accepted if the sequence of reductions is valid.
In particular, the ith reduction must accept the output of the i1th reduction, with the first reduction (self.reductions[0]) in the sequence taking as input the supplied problem.
 Parameters
problem (Problem) – The problem to check.
 Returns
True if the chain can be applied, False otherwise.
 Return type
bool

apply
(problem)[source]¶ Applies the chain to a problem and returns an equivalent problem.
 Parameters
problem (Problem) – The problem to which the chain will be applied.
 Returns
Problem or dict – The problem yielded by applying the reductions in sequence, starting at self.reductions[0].
list – The inverse data yielded by each of the reductions.

SolvingChain¶

class
cvxpy.reductions.solvers.solving_chain.
SolvingChain
(problem=None, reductions=[])[source]¶ Bases:
cvxpy.reductions.chain.Chain
A reduction chain that ends with a solver.
 Parameters
reductions (list[Reduction]) – A list of reductions. The last reduction in the list must be a solver instance.

solver
¶ The solver, i.e., reductions[1].
 Type
Solver

prepend
(chain)[source]¶ Create and return a new SolvingChain by concatenating chain with this instance.

solve
(problem, warm_start, verbose, solver_opts)[source]¶ Solves the problem by applying the chain.
Applies each reduction in the chain to the problem, solves it, and then inverts the chain to return a solution of the supplied problem.

solve_via_data
(problem, data, warm_start=False, verbose=False, solver_opts={})[source]¶ Solves the problem using the data output by the an apply invocation.
The semantics are:
data, inverse_data = solving_chain.apply(problem) solution = solving_chain.invert(solver_chain.solve_via_data(data, ...))
which is equivalent to writing
solution = solving_chain.solve(problem, ...)
 Parameters
problem (Problem) – The problem to solve.
data (map) – Data for the solver.
warm_start (bool) – Whether to warm start the solver.
verbose (bool) – Whether to enable solver verbosity.
solver_opts (dict) – Solver specific options.
 Returns
The information returned by the solver; this is not necessarily a Solution object.
 Return type
raw solver solution