Optimization with convex constraints and convex objectives; notions related to convex optimization such as sub-gradients, normal cones, separating hyperplanes

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Formulation of constraints

I would like to formulate the following constraints in a tractable form so that I can perform an optimization over the decision variables $A,x_i,y_i$: $$ A + \sum_{i=1}^N x_i D_i + \beta \big(\sum_{i=...
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Covering Number of a Positive Semidefinite Cone (Approximate the Objective of a SDP)

I was wondering what the covering number of a positive semidefinite cone is. Consider the semidefinite optimization program \begin{align} \max\langle \mathbf{C}, \mathbf{X} \rangle~~\text{subject to}~...
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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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About the critical points of quasi-convex functions

What do we know about the structure of critical points of quasi-convex functions? I am looking for statements like "the critical points of a quasi-convex function are always either a global minima ...
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Multi-objective optimization for large matrices

I have a large matrix 102400 x 600 to optimize for two different criteria (maximum likelihood over a large dataset and another more complicated one). In practice, it represents a factors loading ...
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Under which conditions discretization of convex\concave function is submodular?

Say, I have $f(x)$ with $x \in [0,1]$, then by discretization I mean $f(x_h)$ with $x_h \in \{0, h, 2h, \dots, 1\}$. I know about Lovasz extension, but it works in other way: given discrete function ...
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About a particular definition of a Hessian of a function of tuples of matrices

Say I have a function $L : (W_1,..,W_{H+1}) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ i.e it takes a tuple of $n$ matrices of different dimensions and computes a number from them. Then I see being defined a ...
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Complexity for solving linear equations?

What is the best known complexity for finding a vector $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ to minimize $||Ax - b||^2$ and/or to solve (when possible) the system of linear equations $Ax=b$? I am interested in ...
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Nesterov's Methods for minimizing composite functions

There are some methods originally from Nesterov, which accelerates optimization methods, e.g. Nesterov 1983, Nesterov 2003, Nesterov 2005 ( smooth minimization of non-smooth functions), Nesterov 2013 (...
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optimize a Quadratic Matrix Programming with multi-spherical constraints

I have got the following quadratic problem restricted on the Cartesian product of Euclidean spheres. $\underset{X \in \mathbb{R}^{n\times 3}}{\text{min}}$ $Q(X) = \frac{1}{2} Tr(X^TA X) + Tr(B^T X)$ ...
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Practical application of envelope theorem for linear programs

Assume that we have solved a (standard) linear program $$ \text{minimize}_{x\in {\mathbb R^n}}\,\, c_0^Tx, \,\,\,\,\, \text{s.t. } A_0x \leq b_0, $$ and would like to know how sensitive is the optimal ...
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Limits of argmin ratios and sums

In my research on convergence properties of certain Bayesian methods I have encountered $\mathop{\mathrm{arg\,min}}$ limits of the forms \begin{equation} \lim_{n\to\infty} \mathop{\mathrm{arg\,min}}_{\...
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Minimization over function space [closed]

This is the first time I encounter a problem where I need to minimize a function defined in a function space. Define the function space $A=\{\theta:\mathbb{R}^3 \rightarrow\mathbb{R}|\ \theta\ \text{...
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Can the extragradient method be computed only based on proximal steps?

As we know, for solving saddle point problems, the forward-backward algorithm is generally not guaranteed to converge. But the extragradient method converges Structured Prediction via the ...
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How to solve this nonlinear optimization problem?

I have a nonlinear optimization problem with linear constraints. How to solve this? $\sigma_i$ and $\rho_i$ are the optimization variables. $\min\hspace{1mm}\max\hspace{1mm}\left\{\frac{\sigma_1}{c_1-...
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Limit of argmin of sum

Suppose that I know $f_n\rightarrow f$ and $g_n\rightarrow g$ are both continuous maps from a Complete Riemmanian Manifold $X$ to $\mathbb{R}$ which converge pointwise almost everywhere. Then is it ...
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Separation on discrete set

Consider the set $L = \prod_{i=1}^n\{1,0\}$, i.e. L consists of the element of n-tuples whose entries are 0 or 1. Also we can regard $L$ as a subset of $R^n$. Define linear functions $f(x)= a_1x_1+ \...
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A possible condition on a set of vectors to be uniquely determined by their gramian?

Suppose you are given a gramian matrix $G=W^TW\in R^{k\times k}$, $W\in R^{d\times k},\;d>k$. The given gramian $G$ determines, up to a unitary transformation, the columns of $W$, i.e. an ...
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Optimizing sum of approximate and exact functions

This is a research question that I had asked in Math.SE about a month ago, but even after putting a bounty on it, I did not get any answers. I have two real values functions, where one ($g(w;x):\...
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Finding orthogonal basis with constraint

Is there any fast algorithm that output an orthogonal basis $e_i,i\leq n$ of $R^n$ with $e_i\in V_i$? Where $V_i,i\leq n$ are given linear subspaces of $R^n$. And is there any condition on $V_i,i\leq ...
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Dennis More' Superlinear Convergence_refrences request

Why in the proof of superlinear convergence of restricted broyden class (for the unconstrained optimization) we need the bounded deterioration condition for the approximation of all the true hessian ...
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Which algorithm is most efficient for a specific QP problem

I have a QP problem of the following kind: $\min_{\alpha\in\mathbb{R}^n}\frac{1}{2}\alpha^T M \alpha - p^T\alpha$ s.t. $l\leq \alpha \leq u$ The matrix $M$ is symmetric and positive definite and of ...
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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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Designing Character Other Than Temperature for Simulated Annealing on Combinatorial Optimization

Many research on designing temperature for simulated annealing is carried out. We wonder if there is any research on designing general feature of the Hamiltonian used in Simulated Annealing. For ...
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About optimization with Renyi divergence

Can someone link me to some pedagogic example of computing the Renyi divergence between two discrete/continuous distributions? Like examples where someone has been able to obtain a neat closed form or ...
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Closed-form solution of a linear programming question

Among all the probability matrices \begin{equation*} P = \left(\begin{array}{cccc} p_{00} & p_{01} & \ldots & p_{0,J-1} \\ p_{10} & p_{11} & \ldots & p_{1,J-1} \\ \vdots & \...
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Minimum of sum of modulus [closed]

How can I evaluate the minimum of $$ \left|7x-1\right|+\left|7y-5\right|+\left|7z-1\right| $$ if $x,y,z$ are non negative reals such that $ x+y+z=1$ and $y^2 \le xz$? Is there a standard way to ...
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Global minimum of nonlinear least square

We have a continuous and differentiable function $f(\cdot)$ that maps from $R^n$ to $R^n$. We are trying to solve a nonlinear least square problem: Minimize $J(x)=\Vert f(x)-z\Vert^2$ subject to box ...
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On optimizing a function whose projection and projected vector go through a linear transformation

Assume the two sets of vectors $\{\mathbf{a}_1,\ldots,\mathbf{a}_N\}$ and $\{\mathbf{b}_1,\ldots,\mathbf{b}_N\}$ of equal length. My goal is to find the optimum matrix $\mathbf{C}$ to the following ...
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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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Does element-wise concavity guarantee joint concavity?

I have a function of two variables, and I have checked that along one direction (fixing another variable), it is a monotonically increasing and concave function. Whereas in another direction (fixing ...
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More general than semidefinite program?

I was TAing my convex optimization class and explaining that Linear Programs are a special case of Second Order Cone Programs, which are themselves special cases of Semidefinite Programs. My question ...
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Is the linear production game a convex game?

In cooperative game theory, the linear production game (LPG) is defined by letting the characteristic function have the form of a linear programming problem. Does anyone know if the LPG is a convex ...
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Find optimal value for a regularization parameter in generalized eigenvalue problem

Consider the generalized eigenvalue problem : $ \Sigma_{XY} \Sigma_{YX} {W} = \lambda \Sigma_{XX} {W} $ where $\Sigma_{XX} $ and $\Sigma_{XY}$ are sample covariance matrices are of the matrices $X$...
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Nuclear norm maximization

I am trying to solve a nuclear norm maximization problem: $$\arg \max_{Q \in O(n)} \|WQV^T\|_*$$ where $Q$ is an $n \times n$ orthogonal matrix and $W$ and $V$ are real $d \times n$ matrices. I've ...
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Is this a log-concave function?

Let $(a_k)$ be a log-concave positive decreasing sequence. Is $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n a_k(1-e^x)^{k-1}$ log-concave in $x<0$, for each natural $n$?
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A bound on the number of bilinear functions needed in order to obtain the minmax

For $n\in\mathbb N$, let $\Delta(n)=\{x\in\mathbb R^n:x_i\geq 0, \sum_ix_i=1\}$ be the set of probability vectors in $\mathbb R^n$. Is there a function $m:\mathbb N\to\mathbb N$ such that for any ...
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Bounding the error of the optimal solution from an approximated objective

Let $f$ be a smooth convex function defined in a bounded region $X$ and its Hessian is bounded $m I \le |\frac{\partial^2 f(x)}{\partial x^2}| \le M I$ for some $M>m>0$. Let $x^*=argmin_{x\in X} ...
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Question on solving an optimization problem using Variable splitting and ADMM

Tell me if I have found the right approach to the following optimization problem: $$ min_{x} \frac{1}{2}\left \| Ax-b \right \|_2^2 \\ s.t. \ \ \Phi v=x \ , \ {x^T(1-x)}=0 $$ $A$ and $\Phi$ ...
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Envelope theorem for second derivative

I am maximizing a function $f(x,z)$ on $x$ ($z$ is treated a parameter in the maximization). The function $f$ is strictly concave on both variables. I know how to use the envelope theorem for the ...
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Is this QCQP convex or nonconvex

\begin{equation} \begin{split} \min_{x\in \mathbb{R}^n}\:f(x)=(1/2)x^{T}Q_0x+c_0^T x \end{split} \end{equation} s.t. $$ g_i(x)=\frac{1}{2}x^T Q_ix-lmax_i\leq0,i\in\{1,...,m/2\} $$ $$ g_i(x)=\frac{...
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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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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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Minimize Frobenius norm

My question is the following: Suppose $M$ is an $n \times n$ symmetric real matrix. I want to find an $n \times n$ symmetric real matrix X such that $|| X -M||_F$ is minimized with the constraint ...
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convergence of unconstrained convex optimization

I encounter an optimization problem. The simplified version is like following: Denote function $F(x):\mathbf{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbf{R}$, where $F(x)$ is a smooth lower bounded convex function (i.e. $...
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Sensitivity analysis in minimum norm problems under a linear constraint

Suppose $\Delta$ is some nice topological space, say compact, and Hausdorff. Let $A:\Delta \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ be a continuous $m\times n$ matrix valued map. Let $b\in \mathbb{R}^{m}$ ...
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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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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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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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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 ...