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### Are there examples of functions with Nesterov's convergence bound between convex quadratic and strongly convex cases?

Are there examples of simple and strongly convex functions for which the convergence bound of Nesterov’s Accelerated Gradient Method is better than Nesterov’s bound for strongly convex case ($\sqrt{1 -...

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### The Teichmüller space $T_g$ of a closed riemann surface $S_g$ of genus $g \geq 2$ can't be parametrized by $6g−6$ geodesic length functions

I asked this question almost a month ago on Math SE. After waiting three weeks for an answer or a comment, I opened a bounty on the question in hope that it might get an answer this way. The bounty ...

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### L-natural convex optimal criterion

Let $g: \mathbb{Z}^V \to \mathbb{R} \cup \{+\infty\}$ be L-natural convex function.
I know that this is equivalent to the following statement:
$\forall p, q \in \mathbb{Z}^V, \forall \alpha \in \...

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### Differntiability of Distance to a CLosed Convex Set

Let $A$ be a closed convex set in Banach space $( \mathbb{R}^n, \| \cdot\| )$. For any $\mathbf{x} \in \mathbb{R}^n$, define $$Ｐ_{A}(\mathbf{x}) = \arg\min_{\mathbf{y}\in A} \| \mathbf{x} - \mathbf{y} ...

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### Minimize sum of $\ell_2$ norm and linear combination, on simplex

Let $\Delta_n := \{x \in \mathbb{R}^n | x \ge 0, \sum_{1 \le i \le n}x_i = 1\}$ be the $n$-simplex. For $a, b \in \mathbb R^n$, with $\Delta_n \not \ni a$, consider the problem of computing the ...

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### When is a mapping the proximity operator of some convex function?

Is there a characterization of mappings $p : \mathbb R^n \rightarrow \mathbb R^n$ which are proximity operators (in the sense of Moreau) of l.s.c (extended) real-valued functions ?
That is, given $p : ...

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### In what sense is the Bayesian posterior mean a “convex combination”?

I asked this on math.stackexchange with no response, I'm hoping someone here might have something.
Suppose I want to estimate $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ from two signals with zero mean, normally ...

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### Extremal Lipschitz convex functions

Let $B_d$ the unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^d$, and let $F_d$ be the set of convex functions with Lipschitz constant at most 1 from $B_d$ to $\mathbb{R}$.
When $d=1$ (so the domain is the just the ...

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### Concavity of maxima [closed]

Suppose we have the following optimization problem : $\min\limits_x kf(x) + g(x)$ where $f$ is a decreasing convex function in $x$ and $g$ is an increasing convex function. Can we say that $x^*$ is ...

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### Bounds on the curvature of a sequence of convex functions

Let $\{f_n\}$ be a sequence of (real-valued) smooth convex functions on $[0,1]$, with $f_n(0) = f_n(1) = 0$ for all $n$.
Let $t_n \in [0,1]$ be the minimizer of $f_n$ and assume that $M_n:= f_n(t_n) ...

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### What is the dual of an semidefinitely representable (SDR) cone?

The Question
Let $V\simeq \mathbb{R}^r$ be an $r$-dimensional vector space with the usual Euclidean inner product.
Let $\mathcal K\subset V$ be a cone defined as
$$
\mathcal K=\Big\{x\in V\ \...

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### How to show that there's a continuous function separating convex sets of Radon measures?

First, the setup: $X$ is a compact set. By Riesz's representation theorem $C(X)^*=${all Radon measures on $X$}. $K$ is a convex, closed set of probability measures. $m$ is a probability measure out of ...

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### Gaussian and the convex hull of moment curves

Let $c_1,\dots, c_d$ be the first $d$ moments of the standard normal distribution. Does the point $(c_1,\dots, c_d)$ lie in the convex hull of the set $\{(t,t^2,\dots,t^d)\colon t\in[-b,b]\}$, for a ...

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### Projecting on a convex compact polytope with special form

Let $E$ be a large sparse $l$-by-$n$ matrix ($l$ and $n$ can be in the billions...) with coefficients in $\{-1, 0, 1\}$: the first row of $E$ is the vector $(1,0,0,\ldots,0) \in \mathbb R^n$, and ...

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### Projecting on a a special polyhedron

Let $X$ be an $n$-by-$p$ matrix and consider the closed convex polyhedron
$$\mathcal P_X := \{y \in \mathbb R^n | \|X^Ty\|_\infty \le 1\}.$$
Notice that $\mathcal P_X$ is symmetric about the origin.
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### Constructing an independent uniform random variable from two independent ones

Does there exist a continuous (differentiable) function $h:[0,1]\times [0,1] \to [0,1]$ such that if $\alpha,\beta\in [0,1]$ are independent and uniformly distributed on $[0,1]$, the random variable $...

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### Derivatives of Minkowski function?

Let $A\subset \mathbb R^n$ and $M$ be the convex hull of the set $A$, e.g., $M:=Conv(A)$. The Minkowski function on $M$ is defined as follows
\begin{align*}
&f: \mathbb R^n \to \mathbb R\\
&f(...

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### On the remarkable property of the concave function's level sets

Consider a smooth function $f(x) \colon \mathbb{R}^2_+ \to \mathbb{R}_+$ such that $f$ is concave and positively homogeneous of order one. Consider a linear transform $P$ given by matrix
$$
P = \...

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### orthogonal projector onto the set of convex functions

Let $\Omega\subset \mathbb R^d$ be an open, convex domain, and consider the Hilbert space $L^2(\Omega)$. Each sum of convex functions is convex, hence the subset $Conv(\Omega)$ of all convex functions ...

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### Convex Optimization in an Ellipsoid

Suppose we want to minimize a linear objective inside an ellipsoid that is,
$\min _x l^Tx$
such that $(x - \mu)^TA(x - \mu) \leq \beta ^2$.
Here, A is PSD and $\mu$ is a fixed vector. Can this be ...

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### Two (new?) variants of convex functions

I find that the following two types of functions are useful to my research.
(i) We know that a function $f: \mathbb{R}_+^m\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is called convex if for all ${\bf x,y}\in \mathbb{R}...

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### Maximum value of linear function on the intersection of a parametrized family of balls

Let $C$ be a (nonempty) closed convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $a, b \in \mathbb{R}^n$. Using the normal cone characterization of the euclidean projection operator $\mathrm{proj}_C$ (recall that $\...

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### Generalization of standard convex problem

In standard convex programming, the objective function and each of the constraint inequalities are convex. in such case, if the KKT condition hold for a point, and Slater condition is also hold for ...

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### Proximal mapping of composition with linear operator

Let $A$ be an orthogonal matrix. Then the proximal mapping $prox_{f \circ A}(x)$ can be evaluated efficiently by
$$
(I + \partial (f \circ A))^{-1}(x) = prox_{f \circ A}(x) = A^T prox_{f}(A x),
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as ...

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### A question about the approximation of convex cones

I have the following question which maybe is too naive.
Let $K$ be a convex cone on $\mathbf{R}^n$. Can we approximate $K$ by a sequence of polyhedral convex cone $K_i$ such that for any compactly ...

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### A family of convex bodies in Banach-Mazur position

Let $\{K_i\}$ be a family of smooth, origin-symmetric, strictly convex bodies such that $K_i$ converge in the Hausdorff distance (or you may assume $\partial K_i\to \partial K$ smoothly, in the sense ...

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### Order between two completely monotone functions?

I am wondering if the following assertion is true:
Let $f,g:\mathbb{R}_+\rightarrow [0,1]$ be completely monotone functions on $\mathbb{R}_+^*$, that is, $(-1)^n f^{(n)}(x)\geq 0$ and $(-1)^n g^{(n)}...

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### How to compute the direction of slowest ascent from the minimum of a strongly convex function?

Consider a twice differentiable strongly convex function $f:\mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R^+}$ that attains its minimum value at the point $x^*$. I am wondering if one can compute a direction of ...

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### concavity of a vector function

I'm given a function $g:\mathbb{R}^n \mapsto \mathbb{R}$, $g(y) = \prod_{i\in[n]} (1+y_i\cdot c_i)$, where $c_i>0$.
Let $e_a,e_b$ be two arbitrary standard vectors. It is easy to show that for any ...

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### Bounding the difference in the value of a strongly convex function at its integer minimum and other integer points

I am currently working on a problem where I have to minimize a $m$-strongly convex function
$$f ~: ~\mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^+$$
over a bounded integer lattice,
$$L = \mathbb{Z}^n \cap [-...

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### Area defined with $\pm$ closedness

Denote $B_n\subset\Bbb R^n$ to be unit ball at origin.
Denote $S\subset B_n$ to region of type $\mathsf I$ if it satisfies
$$s\in S\iff\forall t\in S, s+t\in S\mbox{ or }s-t\in S$$
I am convinced $\...

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### Finding an unfrustrated set of local linear constraints with given minimal value

Let $ \{F_{i}\} $ be a finite set of linear functionals on a convex compact subset $B\subset\mathbb{R}^{n}$ such that each $F_i$ is $k$-local (acts on $k\ll n$ variables only).
Assume $F=\sum_{i}F_{i}$...

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### Dimension reduction for low-order moments of Rademacher-weighted sums of vectors

Let $x_1,\dots,x_n$ be vectors in a Euclidean space $H$. Let $\varepsilon_1,\dots,\varepsilon_n$ be independent Rademacher random variables (r.v.'s), so that $P(\varepsilon_i=\pm1)=1/2$ for all $i$.
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### Self-concordant function for dual cone

I wonder if there is any existing result for self-concordant function in the literature about the following question.
Suppose $f$ is a self-concordant barrier function of a proper cone $K$ (pointed, ...

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### Generating independent random variable from two correlated random variables

Suppose two random variables $X$ and $V$ are given. I am wondering what kind of condition we need to impose on joint distribution of $V$ and $X$ to make sure that there exists a random variable $Z$ ...

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### Efficient computation of “discrete infimal convolution”

This question arises from an application to graphical models in probability theory, but I have abstracted that part out so only algebra remains. Let $\mathbb{R}$ denote standard field of real numbers ...

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### Constructing a quasiconvex function [closed]

Let $C\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ be a nonempty convex set. A function $f:C\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is called
convex if
$$
f(\lambda u+(1-\lambda)v)\leq\lambda f(u)+(1-\lambda)f(v), \quad\forall u,v\in C, \...

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### Linear projections of convex sets with unique preimages of boundary points

Fix a compact convex subset $C \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ with nonempty interior. For any subspace $S \subset \mathbb{R}^n$, let $P_S$ denote the orthogonal linear projection onto $S$. I'd like to claim ...

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### Concavity of mixed volumes and mixed discriminants

For $n\times n$ symmetric matrices $A_1, \ldots, A_n$, the mixed discriminant $D(A_1, \ldots, A_n)$ can be defined as $1/n!$ times the coefficient of $t_1\ldots t_n$ in the homogeneous polynomial $\...

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### Convexity of the product of two exponential matrices

Let $S\subset\mathbb{R}$ be a convex set and $\mathbb{S}^{n}$ be the set of real symmetric matrices of order $n\times n$.
A matrix valued function $\Gamma: S \rightarrow \mathbb{S}^{n}$ is said to ...

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### A question involving Mazur's Lemma

Consider the Mazur's Lemma (H. Brezis - "Functional analysis, ..."):
"Assume $(x_n)$ converges weakly to $x$. Then there exists a sequence $(y_n)$ made up of convex combinations of the $x_n$'s that ...

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### Takahashi convex metric spaces

A Takahashi convex metric space is a metric space $(X,d)$ such that $\exists W : X \times X \times [0,1] \rightarrow X$ that satisfies :
$d (u, W(x,y; \lambda)) \leq \lambda d(u,x) + (1- \lambda) d(u,...

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### Gradient estimate of convex functions

Consider a special type of convex function $g(\cdot):\mathbb{R}^d \to \mathbb{R}_+\cup\{+\infty\}$ such that $g(x)=+\infty$ as $|x|\to \infty$. Then $g$ is differentiable almost everywhere within its ...

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### monotone parabolic systems, convex variational structure and Legendre transform

The context:
for my research I am currently looking at parabolic systems of the type
$$
\left\{
\begin{array}{ll}
\partial_t b(u)-\Delta u=0 \qquad & (t,x)\in \mathbb{R}^+\times\Omega\\
u=0 & ...

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### generalized mean inequality extension

from generalized inequality, we now that for $p>q$, we have $M_p(\mathbf{x})\ge M_q(\mathbf{x})$. now I am curious to know if we can find a constant $\alpha(p,q)$ which is only function of $p,q$ ...

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### monotonicity alike functions

assuming we have two smooth function ${f_1},{f_2}:{R^N} \to R$,
under what condition, we have
${f_1}\left( {{{\bf{x}}_1}} \right) \ge {f_1}\left( {{{\bf{x}}_2}} \right) \leftrightarrow {f_2}\...

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### Largest ball with fixed center in a a convex region

Let $x_0$ be a point contained inside a compact, convex set $C\subset\mathbb{R}^d$, which is of the form $C=\{x:f(x)\leq0\}$ for some explicit convex function $f$. Is there a computationally ...

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### A version of isotone projection cones

We write $a \succeq b$, where both $a, b \in \mathbb{R}^n$, as a shorthand for $a_i \ge b_i$ for all $1 \le i \le n$. Let $C$ be a closed convex cone in the first orthant of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and denote ...

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### A convex analysis theorem improvement

John's theorem states that to any full-dimensional symmetric convex set $K\subseteq R^n$ and any Ellipsoid $E\subseteq R^n$ that is centered at origin, there exists an invertible linear map $T$ so ...

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### number of affine pieces of linear interpolation of convex functions in high dimension

Consider a convex function $f$ defined on a $d$-dimensional hypercube $[0,1]^d$. Now for fixed $m \in \mathbb{N}$, consider the grids $\mathcal{G}_m=\{(i_1/m,\cdots,i_d/m)\}$ where $i_\alpha\in\{0,1,\...