Abstract:We present an interior-point method for the P∗(κ)-linear complementarity problem (LCP) that is based on barrier functions which are defined by a large class of univariate functions called eligible kernel functions. This class is fairly general and includes the classical logarithmic function and the self-regular functions, as well as many non-self-regular functions as special cases. We provide a unified analysis of the method and give a general scheme on how to calculate the iteration bounds for the entire class. We also calculate the iteration bounds of both long-step and short-step versions of the method for several specific eligible kernel functions. For some of them we match the best known iteration bounds for the long-step method, while for the short-step method the iteration bounds are of the same order of magnitude. As far as we know, this is the first paper that provides a unified approach and comprehensive treatment of interior-point methods for P∗(κ)-LCPs based on the entire class of eligible kernel functions.