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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Is the prox-residual monotone?

$\newcommand{\scp}[2]{\langle #1,#2\rangle}\newcommand{\id}{\mathrm{Id}}$ 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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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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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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$\mathcal{H}$-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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Integral inequality for convex function

Let $u(x)$ be a smooth function from $\mathbb{R}$ to $\mathbb{R}$. Suppose that for some real numbers $a,b$ with $a < b$ the following equality is true: \begin{equation} \frac{1}{b-a} \int_a^b ...
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A certain type of Quadratic Constrained Quadratic Programming Problem (QCQP)

Let $P_1$, $P_2$ be two hermitian matrices. Can anyone comment about the following (QCQP) \begin{equation} \min_{z}~z^{H}z \\\ ~~subject~to ~z^{H}P_1z+1\leq 0,~z^{H}P_2z+1\leq 0 \end{equation} I am ...
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Sufficient conditions for gradient descent convergence

I have an unconstrained optimisation problem with convex objective function $f(x)$. Suppose I have access only to some function of the gradient $\hat{\nabla}= g(\nabla f)$, and I take gradient steps ...
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existence of a minimum for a convex functional on a non-reflexive space

Let $X$ be a Banach space; $K\subset X$ nonempty, closed and convex; and $f:K\to \mathbb R$ lower semicontinuous, convex functional. Let also $f$ be coercive, i.e., $f(x)\to +\infty$ as $\|x\|\to ...
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Known Results on Convexity of Numerical Range

Let $A_1,A_2,\dots,A_M$ be given $N\times N$ hermitian matrices. The numerical range is defined as the set \begin{align} \mathbb{S}=\{(u^HA_1u,\dots,u^HA_Mu)\in \mathbb{R}^M\mid u^Hu=1\} \end{align} ...
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Proving that a specific function is quasiconvex

Hello all, Assume we have a sequence of quasiconcave functions (in $X$) denoted by $f_{i,j}(X)$ for $i,j = 1,\ldots,n$. Denote by $F(X)$ the $n\times n$ matrix whose $(i,j)$ entry is the function ...
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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 ...
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Lower convex envelope of a function involving entropy

Suppose two discrete random variables $X$ and $Y$ defined on finite sets $\mathcal{X}$ and $\mathcal{Y}$ are given and also suppose the conditional distribution $P_{Y|X}$ (i.e, channel) is fixed. We ...
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Showing $\langle \frac{\partial b(v)}{\partial t}, v \rangle_{H^{-1}(\Omega), H^1(\Omega)} = \frac{d}{dt}\int_{\Omega}\Psi^*(b(v))$

Let $b$ be continuous and increasing with $b(0) = 0$. Define $\Psi(t) = \int_0^t b(s)\;ds$ and $\Psi^*(s) = \sup_{r \in \mathbb{R}} (sr-\Psi(r))$. (Note $\Psi^*(b(s)) + \Psi(s) = sb(s)$). Let $v ...
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Convex functions with non-singular hessian measure are continuously differentiable?

It is known that every convex function $f: \Omega\to \mathbb{R}$, $\Omega$ convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$, has a weak derivative of bounded variation $Df\in BV_{loc}(\mathbb{R}^n)$ (e.g. Evans and ...
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Lipschitz continuity of solution set mapping of a parametric convex optimization problem

I have a parametric convex optimization problem: \begin{array}{cl} \underset{x}{\text{minimize}} & f\left(x,z\right)\\ \text{subject to} & g\left(x\right)\leq0 \end{array} where $x$ is the ...
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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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How to prove convexity for a complex integral including the variable in both limits and integrand?

During my research [on inventory management policies, i.e., something really applied ;-) ] I stumbled on integrals of the following type and I'm curious under which circumstances there are convex. ...
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Are all points x of the boundary of a convex set C of a Hilbert space H projections onto C of a point different than x?

It appears that this is not true if H is of infinite dimension. My question is therefore the following: does anyone have a counter-example? Is there a caracterisation for the points of the boundary ...
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positive semigroups and convex operator

Let $\{Z(t)\}_{t\geq 0}$ be a strongly continuous positive semigroup on a Banach lattice V. (endowed with ordering $\leq$). $\phi:V\rightarrow V$ is a convex operator. I want to prove that ...
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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 ...
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When does the finite union of convex sets have a hole in it?

Let $f_1, \dots, f_j$ be convex functions from $\mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$. I am trying to develop a test that decides whether or not the set $\{x | f_1(x) \le k_1\} \cup \dots \cup \{x | f_n(x) ...
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determining a convex set by mixed volumes

For a convex set $K \subset \mathbb{R}^2$ let $\phi_K:$ convexsets in $\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow [0,\infty), A \mapsto MV(A,K)$. Where by $MV(A,K)$ I mean the mixed volume of $A$ and $K$ in the ...
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How does the complex convex set look like?

The usual convex set is the real linear convex set, if we change the real linear map into complex linear map, we can get the complex convex set. A system way to do this is in the several complex ...
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Ergodic decomposition and integral representation of functions that depends on a measure

Let $X$ be a compact metric space, $T:X \to X$ continuous, $M_T(X)$ the set of borel measure that are $T$-invariant and $E_T(X)\subseteq M_T(X)$ the set of ergodic measures. The ergodic decomposition ...
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Relative interior and dense subsets

(This is a cross-post from here.) Let $A,B\subseteq \mathbb R^d$ be non-empty, such that $B\subseteq \overline A.$ For $S\subseteq\mathbb R^d$ define the relative interior of $S$ by ...
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Hessian of function of covariance matrices

Suppose we have a typical logdet function $\mathcal{L}$ with respect to a covariance matrix $\mathbf{A}$, $$ \mathcal{L}(\mathbf{A}) = \log\vert \mathbf{I} + \mathbf{A}\mathbf{S} \vert - ...
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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 ...
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Subgradient of Minimum Eigenvalue

Consider three $N \times N$ Hermitian matrices $A_0$, $A_1$, $A_2$. Consider the function \begin{align} f(t_1,t_2)=\lambda_{\text{min}}(A_0+t_1A_1+t_2A_2) \end{align} where $\lambda_{\text{min}}$ ...
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Question regard checking convexity by “restriction to any line that intersects the function domain”

Hello all, I have a question (probably stupid one) about the fact that " A function is convex if and only if it is convex when restricted to any line that intersects its domain". In Stephen Boyd and ...
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Convex Optimization related problem

Suppose two non-negative convex functions $f$ and $g$ be given. We want to solve the following optimization $$\max_{g\leq\epsilon}f.$$ Now suppose that both $f$ and $g$ can be upper-bounded by a ...
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On increasing the penalty term in convex optimization with regularization

Given the two strictly convex (unique solution) optimization problems as: $$Problem\:1:\min_{X} f(X)+\|X\|_{F}^2 \hspace{2cm}Problem \:2:\min_{X}f(X)+n\|X\|_2^2$$ where $X\in\mathbf{S}_{++}^{n}$ ...