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

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Hadamard / matrix product adjoint

First of all I would like to thank everyone over here at mathoverflow for their amazing generosity and help (for both pros and newbies like myself). I apologize if this question seems dumb; I'm a new ...
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On compactness in Sion's minimax theorem

Sions minimax theorem (wiki, paper) can be stated as follows: Let $X$ be a compact convex subset of a linear topological space and $Y$ a convex subset of a linear topological space. Let $f$ be a ...
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Nested convex optimization

Suppose I have a convex optimization problem of the form $$\min_x f(x) ~~s.t.\\x\in X$$. Say that $f(x)$ and its (sub)gradient are not given in a closed form, but are determined by solving a convex ...
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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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Finding the optimal mixture of two convex functions

I am trying to find an efficient way to solve the problem $$\min_{p,x_1,x_2} p\cdot f(x_1)+ (1-p) \cdot f(x_2)~~~~~ s.t.\\p\cdot g_1(x_1) + (1-p)\cdot g_2(x_2)\leq 1 \\ 0\leq p \leq 1$$ where ...
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Explicit solution for a linear program with two constraints [migrated]

This is not a homework problem, although it wouldn't surprise me if it happens to exist in a textbook somewhere. Is there an explicit solution for the linear program $$\max_x c^Tx ~~ s.t. \\ d^Tx = q ...
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Analysis of first-order methods for constrained convex optimization with approximate oracles

In many first-order optimization methods an oracle is needed whose action enforces the constraint/regularizations. For example, in projected gradient descent, conditional gradient method, and proximal ...
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Maximizing Frobenius Norm of Commutator (an opposite Procrustes problem)

I was wondering if anybody has any suggestions on the following problem: Let $S$ be an $n\times n$ positive definite symmetric matrix. I wish to find an $n\times n$ orthogonal matrix $R$ which ...
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Characterizing matrices with rank constraint

Given matrix $M\in\Bbb Z_{\geq0,\leq b}^{n\times n}$, is there a nice method to characterize $$\mathscr{D}[M,b]=\{Q\in\Bbb R_{\geq0,\leq b}^{n\times n}:\mathsf{rank}(M-Q)= \mathsf{rank}(Q),\quad ...
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Likelihood convexification

I am doing constrained vector optimization using a non-convex non-linear likelihood function. My problem is of the following form: $$\begin{align*}\hat Q &= \underset{\vec Q}{\arg\min} -\log ...
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How to solve the following generalized quadratic programming problem [closed]

I want to solve a generalized form of a quadratic programming problem $$\min_x \left(\sqrt{x^TPx}+\sqrt{x^TQx}\right)^2+c^Tx$$, $$\textrm{ s.t. } Ax\le b.$$ Here, $P$ and $Q$ are both positive ...
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Lower bound for spectral radius on $\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb{Z})$

Consider the group of matrices $G =\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb{Z})$ with integer entries and determinant $\pm 1$. For each matrix $D \in G$, the product of the eigenvalues of $D$ is equal to $\det D ...
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A specific case of the $p$-center problem

Given a fixed positive integer $m$, let $\cal{S}$ be the subset from $\mathbb{R}^m$ defined as $\cal{S} = \{u \in \mathbb{R}^m \mid \forall i \in \{1, \dots, m\}, u(i) > 0$ and $\sum_{i=1}^m{u(i) = ...
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Least square problems with binary variables

I want to solve the heat equation $T_t(x,t) = - L_x . T(x,t) + F(x,t)$ in an edge-weighted graph where $L_x = \sum_i x_i e_{ij}$ is weighted Laplacian matrix of the graph. Then I conclude to the ...
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What's the most efficient way to solve this euclidean projection on non-negative affine space constraint?

I've come across this convex optimization problem in my research where I need to project a matrix $X_0$ onto a non-negative affine space constraint and box constraints. Concretely, $X \in ...
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accelerate convex optimization by proximal projection

I am using level method to solve non-smooth convex programming problem (where the objective function is given by an oracle from another program ): http://www2.isye.gatech.edu/~nemirovs/Lect_EMCO.pdf ...
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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 $$ (I + \partial (f \circ A))^{-1}(x) = prox_{f \circ A}(x) = A^T prox_{f}(A x), $$ as ...
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Two quadratic programming problems always same answer? [closed]

Was exploring quadratic programming optimization and for two types of problems the answers seemed to always equal. Problem 1: Minimize $\tfrac{1}{2} \mathbf{x}^T Q\mathbf{x}$ Subject to $ A ...
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Does removing some constraints in convex program change the optimal solution? [closed]

Suppose I have a convex program which has only two variables, the objective function is strictly convex, and the constraints are linear functions. I think removing all non-tight constraints doesn't ...
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An optimization problem in complex space

Consider the following optimization problem $$ \min \| \textbf{Ax-B}\| $$ $$ s.t.|x_i|=1,i=1,...,n $$ where $\textbf{x}\in \mathbb{C}^{n}$ is the optimization varaible, $x_i$ is the $i$-th ...
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Algorithm to minimally connect line segments in Euclidean plane

Suppose you have finitely many line segments in the Euclidean plane. How do you "connect them to form one chain of line segments of minimal length?" More formally and generally, what I'm looking for ...
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Restricted strong convexity for biconvex functions

Recently, it has been shown (arxiv paper) that non-convex functions with the restricted strong convexity (RSC) property has the interesting property that their local minima lie within a small ball of ...
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Finding maximum of a function with unfixed number of variables

Can anybody solve this: For a constant positive integer $n\geq6$ find $k$ and positive integers $a_{1},a_{2},...,a_{k}$ that maximize the expression ...
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When do people actually use the maximum entropy distribution?

One of the standard problems in convex optimization is the calculation of the maximum entropy distribution that satisfies some set of criteria. For example, if $\mathbf{x} \in \mathbb R^n$ is an ...
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Matrix equation

Let $A$ be $k\times n$ matrix i.e., $A=(a_{1},\ldots, a_{n})$ where $a_{j} \in \mathbb{R}^{k}$, $rank(A)=k$ and $1\leq k \leq n$. Let $q=(q_{1},\ldots, q_{n})\in\mathbb{R}^{n}$ be such that ...
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Necessary conditions for optimality in Banach spaces

Let $X$ denote the non-negative "orthant" of the Banach space $L^2$ (or whatever you call the set of functions in $L^2$ that are non-negative), and let $C$ be a closed, convex subset of $X$. Let $f$ ...
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Removing constraints in convex optimization

Say I have a convex optimization problem of the form $$\min_x f(x) ~~ s.t.\\ g_1(x)\leq0,\\\vdots \\g_n(x)\leq 0$$ with all functions convex. Suppose that $x^*$ is a unique optimizer to my problem and ...
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What is the purpose of the definition of “metric regularity”/“regularity modulus”?

A set mapping $F:X \rightrightarrows Y$ is said to be metrically regular for $\overline{x}\in X$ and $\overline{y} \in Y$ if there exists a $\kappa\in(0,\infty)$ for which $$ d(x,F^{-1}(y))\leq ...
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This function looks quasiconvex, can't understand why

Suppose that $\mathbf{C}$ is a given matrix with non-negative entries in $\mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ and $d$ is a given scalar, and let $g(\mathbf{y})$ be defined by ...
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Is there a unique tilted measure with specified marginals?

Suppose $\mathcal{A},\mathcal{B}$ are finite sets and $\mu_{A,B}(a,b)$ is a probability measure on the product set $\mathcal{A}\times \mathcal{B}$ so that $\mu_{A,B}(a,b)>0$ for each $a\in ...
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Convert constraint to do convex optimization or use Lagrange multiplier method [closed]

$w_1, w_2, w_3 ... w_n$ are the weights I need to find I have the following constraint: $|w_1| + |w_2| + .. |w_n| <= 5$ That is the sum of the absolute values of the weights has to be less than ...
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Linearly constrained eigenvalue problem

Suppose I'd like to: \begin{align} \mathop{\text{min}}_\mathbf{x} && \mathbf{x}^T\mathbf{A}\mathbf{x} \\ \text{subject to:} && \mathbf{x}^T \mathbf{M} \mathbf{x} = 1\\ && ...
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Convex Sets and Nearest Neighbors

For a set $S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ and a point $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$, let $c_S(x)$ be the point $s \in S$ that minimizes $\|x-s\|$ if such a point exists and is uniquely determined. It is known that ...
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Can one always find sparse solutions to an $\ell^1$-minimization problem?

Consider $A\in\mathbb{R}^{m \times N}$ and $b \in \mathbb{R}^m$, with $m<N$. Is it true that the optimization problem $$\min \|x\|_1 \quad s.t. \;\; A x = b,$$ admits an $m$-sparse solution in ...
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The distribution of the shortest path through $n$ points

In the big picture, I'd like to know: if I sample $n$ points uniformly at random in the unit square, what is the probability that the shortest path that visits each one of them is very small? More ...
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investigating positivity/negativity of a function [closed]

I'm investigating if and how the positivity or negativity of a multivariable function can be proved. Consider $y_{1},y_{2},y_{3}\in\mathbb{R}$ and the following function ...
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A difficult combinatorial optimization problem

Let $\mathcal{J}$ be a closed, bounded, compact, convex set in $\mathbb{R}^L$. (Notations: vector $\mathbf{x}$ is denoted in bold letters and its $i^{th}$ co-ordinate is denoted as $x_i$. ...
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The set of matrices with same spectral radius

I am working on an optimization problem over the set of positive matrices (that is, matrices where all entries are positive numbers) that have the same spectral radius. My main problem is how to ...
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Multiplicative gradient descent?

The normal gradient descent is additive: $w_{t+1}=w_t-\lambda_t\nabla f(w_t)$, but is there a multiplicative gradient descent that looks something like $w_{t+1}=w_t[-\lambda_t\nabla f(w_t)]$? I know ...
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Convergence of Coordinate Descent / Alternating directions

My question regards this method http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinate_descent, where at each step a function $f$ is minimized along one coordinate axis (or block of coordinates). Assume that $f: ...
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numerical and functional mixed optimization problem $\max f - \min f +\int_{-1}^1 (f'(x)-x)^2dx$

Given a function $g(x)$ and its domain, we want to get another function $f(x)$ whose derivative is approximately $g(x)$, but so that $f(x)$ itself has small variation. For example, for ...
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Linear dependency of real numbers with integer coefficients adding up to zero [closed]

Let $x = (x_1, \dots, x_n)$ be a vector of real number. I was asking myself if there was an efficient way of telling whether there exists a non-zero vector of integers $z \in \mathbb Z$ such that both ...
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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 $X\in\mathbf{S}_{++}^{n}$ ...
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Reference request: Edmond's Algorithm for integer hull

I'm looking for a good reference for the algorithm (supposedly by Edmonds) to compute the integer hull of a polytope, not by cutting plane methods but by starting with a set of integer points and then ...
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Changing a nonlinear equality constraint into some conic inequality plus rank constraint

If we have a constraint optimization problem in which one of our constraint is $\prod\limits_{k = 1}^N {\left( {x - {a_k}} \right) = 0} $ . How could this nonlinear equality condition be changed into ...
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Is first term of my cost function convex?

I have an optimization problem in the form of [\begin{array}{l} \mathop {{\rm{Minimize}}}\limits_{\bf{X}} \,\,\,2\left| \delta \right|\sqrt {{\rm{Tr}}\left( {{\bf{A}}{{\bf{X}}^2}} \right)} {\rm{ - ...
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Finding gradient of an optimization

I am trying to find the gradient of the following optimization problem and then add to objective, but I got some trouble in computing. Could you please help me? Assume that we have an optimization ...
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Characterization of the optimal solution in relative entropy minimization

The following optimization problem is related to relative entropy and to the limit of the iterative proportional fitting procedure. For $1 \leq i,j \leq n$ and fixed $w_{ij} \geq 0$, and fixed $a_i, ...
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optimization problem, any solution?

The objective is as follows: $\min_{\mathbf{F}} a Tr(\mathbf{F} \mathbf{F}^H) - Re\{\mathbf{b}\mathbf{F}^H \mathbf{C} \mathbf{F} \mathbf{d}\}$ $s.t.\ \ \ Tr(\Sigma \mathbf{F} \mathbf{F}^H)<p$ ...