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### The space of loops as a Banach space [on hold]

Let $S$ be the space of all loops in $\mathbb{R}^2$, i.e. all continuous mappings $\gamma:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}^2$ such that $\gamma(0)=\gamma(1)$. Is there any canonical interpretation of $S$ as a ...

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### Almgren's mimeographed lectures notes on varifolds

I am trying to get some insights for the combinatorial argument of Pitts (in his PhD thesis 'Existence and regularity of minimal surfaces in Riemannian manifolds', Princeton University Press, 1981) to ...

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### Reference Request: Variational Problem

I want to solve approximately the following variational problem:
Given a function $c:[-1,1]^2\rightarrow [0,1]$, constants $p_1...p_n\in \mathbb{R}^+$, $\alpha_1...\alpha_n\in \mathbb{R}$, and ...

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### Total absolute variation of brownian motion, with different sampling rates

Let $(B_t)$ be a brownian motion on [0,1]. For the following, let $\omega$ be fixed.
Let's compute the total absolute variation when sampling period = $\delta$ is fixed:
$$V(\delta) = ...

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### Interchange of integral and infimum

Can anyone please suggest how to justify widely used formula for interchange of integral and infimum:
$
\inf_{u(t)\in U}\int_{t_0}^{t_1}g(t,u(t))dt=\int_{t_0}^{t_1}\inf_{u\in U}g(t,u)dt,
$
where $ ...

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### How can you compute the maximum volume of an envelope(used to enclose a letter)?

It's obvious that the volume of a envelope is 0 when flat and non-0 when you open it up. However, if you were to fill it with liquid, there must be some shape where it has a maximum volume. Is there a ...

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### a variational problem related to weighted logarithmic capacity

Consider the following multiple contour integral:
$$ \oint \ldots \oint \prod_{1 \le j < k \le n} (z_j - z_k) \prod_{j=1}^n \prod_{k=1}^n (1 - z_j x_k)^{-1} \prod_{j=1}^n z_j^{1-j - \lambda_j} ...

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### The term for problems “like” Brachistocrone?

Is there a commonly-accepted umbrella term for infinite-dimensional calculus problems where the goal is to compute an optimal geometric path between a pair of points? Three examples of this would be ...

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### Is there a reason for different nomenclature on Calculus of Variations?

While sightseeing aspects of Calculus of Variations, the following fact elludes me: there is a plethora of new definitions which seem redundant to me. This phenomenom happens, of course, with other ...

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### Numerical techniques for nonlinear, coupled integro-differential equations

The gist of the problem I have is I want to be able to find a numerical solution to these three coupled, rather unpleasant looking integro-differential equations
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$$ \frac{d^2 x(t)}{dt^2} = ...

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### Well-posedness of gradient flows

For a convex lower-semicontinuous functional on a Hilbert space $I\colon H\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$, it is shown in Evans' PDE that the Hilbert-space-valued ODE
$$\begin{cases}\mathbf{u}'(t)\in-\partial ...

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### gradient descent in space of functions

Differential equations of the form
$$\frac{d}{dt}\vec{x} = - \nabla E(\vec{x})$$
can be analyzed using phase portrait method. In particular, if the function $E$ (we call it energy) has local minimums, ...

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### A continuous path between two Sobolev functions

Let $\Omega\subset \mathbb R^N$ be open bounded, smooth boundary. Let $u_1$, $u_2\in H^{1}(\Omega)$ such that $T[u_1]=T[u_2]=T[\omega]$ where $T$ stands for the trace operator and $\omega\in ...

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### Double Integral Equations

In my research I've come across a handful of double integral equations, and I'm nearly at a total loss for how to derive anything useful from such things.
I've been lead to believe that even single ...

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### Questions about the regularity of the “norm” associated to a convex set

Suppose $K\subset \mathbb{R} ^n$ is a closed convex set whose interior contains the origin. We can assign a gauge function to $K$ as $g_{K}(x):=\inf\{\lambda>0 \mid x\in\lambda K\}$. $g_K$ has all ...

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### What is the maximal convex hull in $\mathbb R^3$ of a tree with fixed total length?

Denote by $\mathcal T_n$ the set of all trees on $n$ nodes. For a tree $T\in\mathcal T_n$, we assign to each edge a non-negative length such that the sum of all lengths is 1. Denote by $v(T)$ the ...

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### Methods of variational calculus in analytic number theory

What methods of calculus of variations have been used in analytic number theory?
I mean do Hamilton-Jacobi theory of PDE found usage in analytic number theory, which raises yet another question has ...

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### Closed curve whose neighborhood is as large as possible

Let $C$ be a closed curve in the plane and let $N_\epsilon(C)$ be an $\epsilon$-neighborhood of $C$, like this:
(ignore the fact that the "curve" is polygonal in this picture, I drew it in MATLAB)
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### Why should the map $-\Delta^{-1}$ be continuous?

I'm reading an article by Wei-Ming Ni about the existence of solutions for the elliptic problem $$\Delta u +|x|^\lambda |u|^\tau =0,$$
in the unit ball $\Omega$ in dimension $>2$. I'm looking for ...

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### Minimisers and critical points of variational integrals

In the following we consider $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^n\ (n\geq2)$ to be open, bounded and with Lipschitz boundary. Consider the following regular variational integral:
\begin{equation*}
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### electron configuration on manifolds

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold. For $k\geq 2$, suppose there are $k$ particles whose mass and volume can be regarded as zero and negatively charged with electricity equally. These $k$ particles move ...

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### Existence of at least one positive solution for semilinear biharmonic equation with critical exponent

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^N$, $N\geq 5$. Now assume the biharmonic problem with singular term as follow
\begin{cases} \Delta^2u=\lambda \dfrac{u}{|x|^4}+u^{p} & ...

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### Fair surfaces - general mathematical theory

Fairness measures for surfaces are, in general, functionals containing more complicated terms thatn the usual bending energy, and may depend not only on the mean curvature but also on principal ...

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### Can Mumford-Shah functional be adapted to lower $L^1$ space?

The well know Mumford-Shah functional functional
$$
F(u)=\int_\Omega|\nabla u|^2+\mathcal H^{N-1}(S_u) \tag 1
$$
where $u\in SBV(\Omega)$ and $\nabla u$ is the absolutely continuous part of ...

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### Is this function $u\in SBV(\Omega)$ also belongs to $L^\infty(\Omega)$?

Some early discussion can be found here.
My question:
Let $\Omega\subset \mathbb R^N$ be open bounded with smooth boundary. Also $\mathcal H^{N-1}(\partial\Omega))<\infty$.
Let $u\in ...

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### Nonlinear optimization problem with inequality constraints

Consider a real valued function $g(x_i)=\frac{1}{a_1+ \frac{a_2}{x_i}}, \forall i=\{1,2,3,...,n\}$.
The objective function $H$ is
$H=\sum_{i=1}^{n}\frac {1}{g(x_i)-a_3x_i}$
The optimization ...

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### question about $TGV^2$ space

Let us just stay in $\mathbb R^1$. The space $TGV^k$ is defined as the function $u\in L^1(I)$ and
$$
TGV^k(u,I):=\sup\left\{\int_I u\,\phi^{(k)}\,d\mu, \,\phi\in ...

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### Is this has anything to do with Riesz representation?

The Riesz representation is very useful in study BV space. There is a lot of version of it and one of the good one can be found in this book, page 49.
Here I come up with a question which has similar ...

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### Constrained optimal control problem

I am trying to solve an optimization problem which is probably reminiscent of optimal control theory but all of this is not exactly my field of expertize and I am a little bit lost in translation. If ...

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### How to modify a SBV convergence sequence to obtain uniform integrability?

Given $\Omega\subset \mathbb R^N$ is open bounded with smooth boundary. Assume $(u_n)\subset SBV(\Omega)$ a sequence of functions such that $u_n\to u_0$ weakly in $SBV$ for some function $u_0\in ...

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### Is it true that for dimension d=3, if $v\in H_0^1(\Omega)$ but $v\notin L_\infty(\Omega)$ then exponent of v or -v is not summable?

I have the following Question:
1) Is it true that
if $\Omega\subset\mathbb R^3$, $\Omega$ - bounded, $v\in H_0^1(\Omega)$ but $v\notin L_\infty(\Omega)$ implies $\int\limits_{\Omega}{e^vdx}=+\infty$ ...

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### How to modify a $H^1$ weak convergence sequence so that I have the $L^2$ equi-integrability of gradient?

Assume $u_n\to u$ weakly in $H^1(\Omega)$ where $\Omega\subset \mathbb R^N$ is open bounded Lipschitz boundary.
My goal is to find a new sequence $\bar u_n$ and a new function $\bar u$ such that
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### Which domain maximizes the energy of the Lebesgue measure?

This could be asked in more generality, but let me stick to a concrete case.
Usually one considers a fixed domain $E \subset \mathbb{C}$ and attaches to it the equilibrium probability measure ...

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### Morse index in variational calculus

Let $f(t,x,v)$ be a smooth function on $\mathbb{R}\times \mathbb{R}^n\times \mathbb{R}^n$, $\mathcal{C}_{x,y}$ be the set of smooth paths $c:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}^n$ with $c(0)=x,c(1)=y$, $E(c)$ be a ...

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### Lagrangian flow preserves symplectic form

Let $X$ be a configuration space and $L: TX \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ a Lagrangian. Then I want to show that the Lagrangian flow $F^t(x(0),x'(0)) = (x(t),x'(t))$ preserves the symplectic form just like ...

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### Functional minimization problem

Is there a smooth solution to minimize this:
$$
\int_0^1{x \over {1+k^2f'(x)^2}}dx, f(0)=1, f(1)=0, f'(x)\leq 0, k^2>0.
$$
I could "solve" it using a numeric approximation (my algorithm converged ...

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### Rigorous justification that overdetermined systems do not have a solution

There is the following well known and very useful heuristic principle: Assume one has a natural map from the space of $k$-tuples of functions in $n$ variables into the space of $K$-tuples of functions ...

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### A priori estimates for a nonlinear elliptic problem singular on the boundary

Let us consider the following elliptic problem
$$
\begin{cases}
-\Delta u = \frac{u^p}{|x|^2} \mbox{ in } \Omega \\
u >0 \mbox{ in } \Omega \\
u = 0 \mbox{ on } \partial \Omega.
\end{cases}
$$
with ...

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### Euler-Lagrange Equation and “Eigen Value ”

I posted this question on Math.SE, but I could not get any help.
The eigenvalue $\lambda(t)$ is characterised as the minimum of the Rayleigh quotient (where $t$ is a scalar variable)
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### About bounding values of quadratic forms

It would be helpful if someone can share (either as references) examples of calculations/analysis which achieves bounding of values of quadratic forms in say either of the following situations,
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### Gross's log Sobolev inequality proof with variational calculus?

For $f\in C^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{n})$, Gross's logarithmic Sobolev inequality says that
$$\int f^{2} \log f^{2}\,d\mu -\int f^{2}\,d\mu \log\left(\int f^{2}\,d\mu\right)\leq \frac{2}{c}\int |\nabla ...

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### A special approximation of BV functions

Suppose $\Omega:=B(0,1)\subset \mathbb R^2$. Let $u\in BV(\Omega)$ be a radially symmetric, i.e., $u(x)=u(Rx)$ for all $R\in SO(2)$. In addition, suppose $w$ to be an affine function,. i.e., ...

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### Inequality of the norm of the convolution in $L^p(\mathbb{R}^n)$ with symmetric decreasing rearrangement?

Is it true that
$$
||f*g||_p \le ||\,|f|^* * |g|^*||_p\quad ?
$$
where $|f|^*$ and $|g|^*$ are the symmetric decreasing rearrangements of the functions $|f|$ and $|g|$. Under what conditions on $f$ ...

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### Method of proving the regularity of the minimizer of geometric variational problems

Recall the proof of the $(\Lambda,r_0)$-perimeter minimizer.
We say that $E$ is a $(\Lambda,r_0)$-perimeter minimizer in an open set A provided $sptD\chi_E=\partial E$ and there exist two constants ...

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### Mountain Pass theorem for minimization problems with constraints

Let $I[u]$ be a functional on a (possibly infinite dimensional) Hilbert space. Then, under some conditions, the Mountain Pass theorem guarantees the existence of a saddle point (see ...

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### Showing existence of positive weak solution of a PDE by CoV

Given the following PDE
$$
\begin{cases}
-\Delta u+\alpha=u^q &x\in\Omega\\
u=0 &x\in\partial\Omega
\end{cases}
$$
where $\Omega\subset\mathbb R^3$ is open bounded with smooth boundary, ...

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### Calculus of variation

This is probably simple but I'm stuck somewhere. I am trying to solve the calculus of variation problem that arise in an applied field: $$\min_{f \in C^1} \int^1_0 \int^1_0 (x-y)^2f(x,y)dxdy$$ ...

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### Survey paper on isoperimetry

I am searching for a comprehensive survey article (or more different articles) on the subject of isoperimetric problems from ancient Greece to modern mathematical physics. Could you point out some ...

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### Free Endpoint of Minimization Problem

Consider the following minimization problem $$\inf \left\{ \int\limits_{-\infty}^0 \left[ (\psi')^2 + m(y)(\psi - F)^2 \right]\; : \; \psi \in H^1(\left(-\infty,0\right]) \right\}$$ where $m(y) > ...

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### Convergent algorithm for dividing a body into two regions of equal volume

Let $\Omega \subset R^3$ be a bounded open region. It is well known that there exists a smooth surface $\Gamma$ with minimum area and constant mean curvature which is orthogonal to $\partial \Omega$ ...