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

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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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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 \\\ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) = ...
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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 $x^* \in D$. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 \\\ ...~~~~~~~~~~ \\\ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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} \ ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 $C>0$ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...