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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 $x \in$ ...

**1**

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**1**answer

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### Semi Definite Relaxation for a Quadratic Feasibility Problem using CVX

Consider the following Semi-Definite Feasibility problem
\begin{align}
\max_{\mathbf{Z}}~0 \\\
\mathrm{trace}(\mathbf{Z})\leq \rho \\\
\mathrm{trace}(\mathbf{S}_1\mathbf{Z}) \geq \alpha \\\
...

**4**

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### A certain type of constrained Rayleigh-Ritz ratio

Let $\mathbf{A_1}$ and $\mathbf{A_2}$ be two hermitian matrices. Consider the problem
\begin{align}
\max_{\mathbf{u}^H\mathbf{u}=1}~\mathbf{u}^H\mathbf{A}_1\mathbf{u} \\\
...

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### Coordinate mirror descent

Let $f$ be a jointly convex function of 2 variables say $x,y$. I am interested in solving the optimization problem $$\min_{x,y\in\Delta} f(x,y)$$ where $\Delta$ is a $d$ dimensional simplex. An ...

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### convergence of the infima of convex functions

Can one give a reference to a result like this:
If a sequence of convex functions $f_{n}$ on $\mathbb{R}$ converges pointwise to a non-monotonic function $f$, then ...

**0**

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### Min of a real-valued Fourier transform

Let $P$ be a compact, convex, symmetric, $d$-dimensional body in $\mathbb R^d$, and let $\mu$ be a (necessarily) symmetric probability measure on $P$, so that
$\mu_P(x) = \mu_P(-x)$, for all $x \in ...

**0**

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**1**answer

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### Nonconvex optimization problem

I have a nonconvex optimization problem. It is actually optimizing a linear objective function over a set of linear constraints and a set of nonlinear, non convex constraints.
Is this problem ...

**0**

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### Rewrite optimization objective

Hi,
I wanted to ask, under which conditions can one rewrite the optimization objective
$\min_x f(x)\;\;\;s.t.\;\;\;g(x) \leq s$
as
$\min_x g(x)\;\;\;s.t.\;\;\;f(x) \leq t$
I have particular ...

**1**

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**2**answers

597 views

### 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 - ...

**1**

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### Recovering a partition from spectral properties of the graph Laplacian

Let $G$ be a weighted graph with vertices $V$. Let $W$ be its real-valued, non-negative, $|V|\times|V|$ adjacency/affinity matrix. Let $L = \mathrm{diag}(W\mathbf1)-W$ be the (unnormalized) graph ...

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**1**answer

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### Regularized Gradient with respect to a matrix (with a specific structure)

Suppose we have a typical logdet function $\mathcal{L}$
$$
\mathcal{L} = \log\vert \mathbf{I} + \mathbf{A}\mathbf{S} \vert - \mathbf{q}^T(\mathbf{A}^{-1} + \mathbf{S})^{-1} \mathbf{q},
$$
where ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### convexity of two linear spaces connected by convex nonlinear equality constraints

If there are two sets of linear constraints in different variables, Ax <= b with x_l <= x <= x_u and Cy <= d with y_l <= y <= y_u, and a set of equality constraints of a specific ...

**0**

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### Dense Matrix Estimation

I have a matrix $X \in \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ and I want to estimate it with a dense matrix $Y^{m\times n}$ such that $Y$ is still close to $X$ in some distance measure. Is this doable in a ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

307 views

### solve non-convex quadratic constrained quadratic programming

$\min_{\beta}\beta^{T} A \beta$
$s.t. \ \beta^{T} C \beta=1\ and\ \beta\geqslant 0$
Here $A,C\in \mathbb{R}^{M\times M}$, $\beta \in \mathbb{R}^{M}$
I saw in one paper saying that it could be ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Big eigenvalues of a special stochastic matrix

Given a matrix $M$ of size $n\times n,$ we write its different eigenvalues by $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_m$ with $m\leq n$ such that $|x_1|>|x_2|>|x_3|>\cdots|x_m|,$ and call $x_2\doteq ...

**1**

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**2**answers

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### On a version of gradient descent

I am trying to read this paper and have gotten stuck. The author considers the problem of minimizing a convex function whose gradient has Lipschitz constant $M$ and considers the scheme
$$ x(t+1) = ...

**1**

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**1**answer

85 views

### Constrained minimum maximal distance.

Let $C$ and $D$ be two convex sets. And suppose $C\cap D\neq \emptyset$. Let $x^*$ is the solution to the optimization problem:
$$\min_{x\in C} \max_{y \in D} |x-y|^2$$
Is it true that $x^* \in D$. ...

**1**

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**1**answer

152 views

### Regularizing a Convex function with itself

Hi,
This is a problem that has being bothering me the last few days.
Assume a convex function $f(x): {\mathbb R}^n \rightarrow {\mathbb R}$ with a unique minimizer $x^{\star}$. Now consider the ...

**2**

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**0**answers

158 views

### Quadratic optimization with parameter in constraint

Disclaimer: I posted the same question on math.stackexchange. However, the FAQ suggests to post research-level questions in this forum.
Question: Given a function $q: \mathbb R^{N\times N}\mapsto ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

273 views

### Minimum conditional expectation of complement of event given conditional expectation of event?

Suppose $X$ is a pdf over $[0,m]$ and $Y$ is a binary experiment on $X$ such that $P(Y=1|X)$ is continuous, and we have that $\mathbb{E}[X|Y=1] = \mu_y$ and $\mathbb{E}[X] < \mu_y$. Is it always ...

**1**

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**0**answers

109 views

### minimizing the sum of euclidean norms

minimizing the sum of euclidean norms with box constraints
I am a graduate student in computer science, making a thesis on uncertainty geometry. During my thesis I came across the following ...

**1**

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**2**answers

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### Feasibility of a given set of homogenuous nonconvex quadratic inequality constraints

Let $C_1$,$C_2$,...$C_N$ be $M \times M$ indefinite hermitian matrices. What can we say about the following quadratic constriants
\begin{align}
w^{H}C_1w>0 \\\
w^{H}C_2w>0 \\\
...~~~~~~~~~~ \\\
...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

530 views

### Maximizing supermodular functions

I have a real supermodular objective function which I want to maximize with constraint. The constraint is on the size, like |A|=k .
I am wondering if anyone can give me more information about a ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### The role of subgradient in programming with nonsmooth functions

It is obvious that there is similarity between subgradient and gradient. The subgradient of smooth functions is reduced to gradient. I have two questions.
The first is does there exist subgradient ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

288 views

### minimization of a function when the feasible set is an unbounded cone

I have the following semi-infinite programming problem: I need to minimize a strictly convex real-valued function $f:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ subject to infinite linear constraints. I know in advance ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

83 views

### Expected rank - computable approximations

I'm interested in finding the expected rank of some random matrix $A$ (I don't want to specify its distribution right now, since my question makes sense in general).
Computing $\mathbb{E} \ ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

391 views

### lipschitz constant of a multivariate function

I have a function $f:\mathbb{R}^{50} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and I need to compute the Lipschitz constant of $f$ to solve an optimization problem using a specific algorithm. Does any one have ...

**1**

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**2**answers

165 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

187 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

98 views

### Fastest 'Oracle' Algorithm for satisfying a single linear constraint on a convex set?

In this paper by Arora, Hazan, and Kale (http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~arora/pubs/MWsurvey.pdf) a method is given for using the Multiplicative Weights Update algorithm to quickly solve Linear Programs ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

192 views

### Is the Binomial Expectation of a Multivariate Convex Function Convex in the Vector p?

Let $\mathbf{p}=(p_1,\dots,p_m)$ be a vector in $[0,1]^m$ and let $\mathbf{X}=(X_1,\dots,X_m)$ be a vector of independently-distributed binomial random variables such that $X_i\sim ...

**1**

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**0**answers

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### Robust optimization in matlab using fmincon [closed]

I am trying to implement the following optimization (from this paper) in Matlab using fmincon:
$\min_\omega\omega'\Sigma\omega$ subject to $\min_Ur_p \geq r_0$
where $\Sigma$ is a positive definite ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

183 views

### 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 $\lambda_{\text{min}}$ ...

**1**

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**1**answer

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### Schur complement and negative definite matrices

Hello,
My question regards to the Schur complement lemma. Consider the matrix $M=\left( \begin{array}{cc}
A & B\\\
B^T & C \end{array}\right)
$.
According to the lemma $M\geq0$ iff $C>0$ ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

75 views

### Numerical optimisation for multivariate Gaussians

Hi,
I want to calculate
$
f_{\mathbf x}(x_1,\ldots,x_k)\, =
\frac{1}{(2\pi)^{k/2}|\boldsymbol\Sigma|^{1/2}}
\exp\left(-\frac{1}{2}({\mathbf x}-{\boldsymbol\mu})^T{\boldsymbol\Sigma}^{-1}({\mathbf ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

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### Numerical linear algebra: how to compute $B^TC^{−1}B$ efficiently

Hi,
my question is similar to this one. I have to compute $B^TC^{−1}B$, where $C$ is a strictly positive definite $n\times n$ matrix and $B$ is $n\times m$.
The matrix $C$ is huge ($n$ up to a ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

139 views

### Minimal point of the intersection of convex sets.

I am trying to find out if there is any known result in convex optimization that implies the following statement:
"A minimal point of the intersection of $N > 2$ convex sets in $\mathbb{R}^2$ is ...

**1**

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**2**answers

183 views

### Convex optimization problem to QPP

Briefly, have the following problem:
\begin{equation}
\sum_{i = 0}^n a_i \ (max [ F_i( \bar x ), 0 ] )^2 \rightarrow min, \\\\
s.t.\\\\
A \bar x \leq b
\end{equation}
where $ F( \bar x ) $ is a ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

293 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

304 views

### Is unconstrained integer convex optimization problem NP-hard?

Does anyone know a reference to the answer if unconstrained integer convex optimization problem (i.e. $\min_{x\in \mathbb{Z}^N} F(x)$, $F$ is convex and $N$ is NOT fixed) is NP-hard?
Thank you in ...

**0**

votes

**2**answers

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### Is minimum of convex envelope the same as minimum of the original function?

Hello everyone my question is:
$Question:$ Consider a function $f:X \rightarrow \mathbf R$ where $X$ is a convex subset of $\mathbf{R}^n$. The convex envelope of $f$ over $X$ is defined as the ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

745 views

### Finding linearly independent columns of a large sparse rectangular matrix

I have a problem that necessitates solving a large non-negative least-squares
problem. My matrix A is large, sparse, highly rectangular (num rows >> num cols)
and nearly binary. However, A is not ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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### How to Find a Matrix Closest to a Given One Under Certain Constraints

I was reading a paper about BFGS and met the following problem:
$\min_B \|B-B_k\|$, s.t. $B=B^{\top}, Bs_k=y_k, s_k^{\top}y_k>0$ and $B$ is positive definite. Here $B_k$ is a symmetric positive ...