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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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### How large are the smallest-area projections of a high-dimensional convex body?

Let $B$ be a convex body in $\mathbb{R}^d$, equipped with its standard Euclidean form, and assume that
$$\intop_B x \, dx = 0$$
$$\frac{1}{|B|_d} \intop_B x_i x_j \, dx = \delta_{ij},$$
a ...

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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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### On the convexity of element-wise norm 1 of the inverse

Question first asked on math.stackexchange here: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/317209/on-the-convexity-of-element-wise-norm-1-of-the-inverse
On the convexity of element-wise norm 1 of the ...

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### Uniform convergence of convex functions

It is a well-known result that if a sequence of convex function $f_n(\cdot)$ converges on a dense set $C'$ of an open set $C$, then the limit function $f$ exists on $C$, and the converge is uniform ...

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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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### Strong convexity of the trace of the square root of a matrix function

Any clues about how to prove that the following function is strongly-concave in $x$? (We conjecture it is $2$-strongly concave but cannot prove it. We have already proved strict concavity through ...

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### Continuous functions with convex level sets

Assume that $f:\mathbb{R}^{2}\to \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function such that each level set $f^{-1}(c)$ is a convex set.
To what extent such functions are studied?
In particular:
Is there ...

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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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### When does a cone contain its dual cone?

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional vector space with an inner-product $(,)$ and let $C\subset V$ be a cone in $V$. Let $C^\vee$ denote the dual of $C$ with respect to $(,)$, i.e., the set of vector $v\in ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Does the minima of a sequence of convex convergent functions converge?

Suppose $f_1,f_2,\ldots $ is a sequence of convex functions that converges to a continuous convex $f$. Let $x_1^*,x_2^*$ be their respective (not necessarily unique) minima, and let y be a minima of $...

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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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### 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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### Quantitative Version of Jensen's Inequality?

Hi,
I've been looking at situations where Jensen's inequality is almost tight, and found myself proving a lemma that I'm nearly certain exists somewhere in the literature.
The specifics are as ...

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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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### An intuition for three different types of subgradients (proximal, regular, limiting)

I'm having a bit of difficulty getting my head around the different types of subgradients we're currently covering in a nonsmooth optimisation class I'm taking.
These subgradients are (assume $x \in$ ...

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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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### When is a sequentially closed cone, closed?

The following question I also posed here, but still got no answer. Let $X$ be a locally convex, Hausdorff topological vector space and $C\subseteq X$ a convex cone, which is sequentially closed. What ...

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### Is there a non-compact Poulsen simplex?

A Choquet simplex is a closed, convex and metrizable subset of a locally convex Hausdorff topological vector space in which every point is a barycenter of a unique probability measure supported on the ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Perimeter of a 'trapped' convex set

Consider the following setup: three bounded, 'nice' convex sets $A \subseteq B \subsetneq C \subset \mathbb{R}^2$, and three points $x,y,z\in \partial A\cap \partial B\cap \partial C$ (see edit below)....

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### infinite dimensional polyhedra

I have a reference request which I hope some reader here can help me with.
I have encountered a set that has all the properties that one would expect from a polyhedral set (in the sense of finite ...

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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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### Projection exists => Uniformly convex?

Hello,
I know that: Let X be a uniformly convex Banach-Space, $a\in X$ and $C\subset X$ closed and convex, then there is a unique $b\in C$ with $\left\Vert a-b\right\Vert=\inf_{x\in C}\left\Vert a-x \...

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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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### Is the prox-residual monotone?

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Let $f$ and $g$ be two proper, convex and lower semi-continuous functions (on a Hilbert space $X$ or $X=\mathbb{R}^n$) and let ...

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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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### The epigraph of a semi-convex function has positive reach

I've been trying to prove the following theorem for several hours with no result so far.
Claim. Let $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be a semi-convex function, i.e. there exists a constant $C > 0$ ...

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### Possible to find a set of log-concave functions with log-concave sums?

While the set of log-convex functions is closed under addition, the set of log-concave functions is not. Yet if $f$ is log-concave, $\ln(k f) = \ln(k)+\ln(f)$, with $k \in \mathbb{R}^+$ constant, is ...

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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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### 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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### $\mathcal{H}$-polyhedron under a linear map

Let $P = \{ x \in \mathbb{R}^n \mid Ax \leq b \}$ be a (bounded) polyhedron for $A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$ and $b \in \mathbb{R}^m$, $n,m > 0$.
Moreover, let $M \colon \mathbb{R}^n \to \...

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### Characterization of a set in $\mathbb{R}^d$

Let $X= (X_1,\dots, X_d)$ be a fixed vector of random variables on the space $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, \mathbb{P})$. Consider the following set.
\begin{equation}\label{main12}
C= \{x\in \mathbb{R}^d ~|~ ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### error estimate of linear interpolation in high dimension

Consider convex functions $f,g$ on $[0,1]^d$. Let $x_1,\cdots,x_n$ be $n\geq d+1$ fixed point in $[0,1]^d$ that is equally 'distributed' in the sense that
$$c_1\leq \frac{n\mathrm{vol}(K)}{\mathrm{...

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### Decreasing sequence of closed convex sets in a Banach space

Let $(C_n)$ be a decreasing sequence of closed convex subsets in a Banach space $(E,\Vert \cdot \Vert)$. The question I have is about the content of $C=\bigcap_{n=0}^\infty C_n$.
If the $C_n$ are ...

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### Minimax-like theorems involving union and intersection of regions in $\mathbb R^d$

From Minimax theorems, we roughly know that if $f(x,y)$ is convex on $X$ and concave $Y$ for both compact $X,Y$, then:
$$
\max_{x\in X}\min_{y\in Y} f(x,y)=\min_{y\in Y}\max_{x\in X} f(x,y).
$$
We can ...

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### Ways to establish equality of measures on locally compact spaces

Let $M$ be a locally compact space and $\mu$ be some probability measure on $M$. Let $y^\ast \in M$, $f(x,y)$ be a real continuous bounded function $M \times M \to \mathbb{R}$. Consider an equality
$$
...

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### Distance between two sets

Let $A, B$ be two convex and closed subsets of $\mathbb{R}^n$. We would like to the minimum distance between these two sets. i.e., we want to find a solution for the following problem.
$$ \min \{||x-y|...

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### Projection onto rotated box

Does anyone know if there is an efficient way to find the projection of an arbitrary point $z$ onto a rotated box, i.e. onto the set $\Omega=\{x \mid a \leq Ux \leq b\}$ where $U$ is a unitary matrix?
...

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### How to examine the convexity of a complex function numerically?

I have a function which does not have a closed form . Large numerical effort should be done to evaluate the function for even a single point. How can I examine the convexity of my function over the ...