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

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Is there any way to compare between diagonals of a resolvent and a Cauchy transform?

Say $A$ is a symmetric matrix of $n$ dimensions. Then let the ``resolvent" of $A$ be the matrix valued function $R_A(z) = \frac{1}{z-A}$ and its Cauchy transform be the real valued function $C_A(z) = ...
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sum of fractional functions optimization problem

Consider the following sum of fractional functions optimization problem $$ \begin{array}{l} \mathop {\min }\limits_{\bf{x}} \,\,\,\sum\limits_{i = 1}^p {\frac{1}{{{\bf{a}}_i^T{\bf{x}} + {b_i}}}} \\ ...
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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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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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optimization of inverse matrix with constraint on matrix elements

everyone! I have this optimization problem with constraint. $D$ and $T$ are symmetric matrices, where T is known and D is the unknown parameter. $x$ and $v$ are two known p-dimensional vectors. The ...
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Reverse optimization of a minimum cost flow network

Given an undirected graph $(V,E)$, with $W$ as the weight of each edge, and a convex cost function $F(X)$, such as $|X|^k$ ($k>1$). The cost to send $x$ unit of flow through edge $e_i$ is defined ...
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Designing Better “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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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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Find the following transformation $G$

I asked this question 6 days ago on math.stackexchange.com (http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/656585/find-the-following-transformation-g). I didn't get any answers yet, so I'm posting here. I'm ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 V\ ...
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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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Log convexity for the norm of a vector-valued function

Log convexity of various functions defined on the space of Hermitian matrices plays an important role in matrix analysis and probability theory. Given $v \in \mathbb{C}^n$, $D$ a diagonal matrix with ...
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Maximizing modular function subject to supermodular constaint

I'm trying to solve a constrained optimization problem with submodular functions and get some nice properties of the solution. Unfortunately, I think I am in a setting where Topkis' theorem does not ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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. $$ g_i(x)=\frac{1}{2}x^T Q_ix-lmax_i\leq0,i\in\{1,...,m/2\} $$ $$ ...
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Nonlinear least square with quadratic equality constraint

I am looking for an appropriate method or hint to solve the following constrained nonlinear least square problem: $\operatorname{argmin}_X \sum_{i\in I} \|\mathbf{X}_i - \mathbf{X}_{i+1}\|_2^2 + ...
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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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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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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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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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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\\ ...
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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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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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Constrained optimization (QCLP) over $x$ with the constraint $x = Az$

I have a problem that looks very much like a (norm-constrained) linear program, but with an extra constraint that is unusual for me. The problem is, given a matrix $A$ and a vector $w$, $$ \min_{x ...
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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 ...
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Finding a semigroup that maximizes the trace of a sum of matrices

Let $H$ be a finite semigroup containing $n$ elements from a compact group $G$. I am trying to solve $$\max_{h_i,\ h_j\ \in\ H} \operatorname{tr} \sum_{i,\ j\ \leq\ n} \rho(h_i^{-1} h_j)(A_j ...
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How to use the property of Frobenius norm in this proof?

Let $A \in \mathcal{S}^{n}$($\mathcal{S}^{n}$ is the $n \times n$ symmetric matrix space), $P,Q \in\mathbb R^{n \times n}$, and $\rho \geq 0$ be given. Show that: $$A \succeq P^{T}ZQ+Q^{T}Z^{T}P$$ for ...
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Computational complexity of low rank SDP

Suppose we are given a general SDP of the form with an additinal rank requirement \begin{array}{rl} {\displaystyle\min_{X \in \mathbb{S}^n}} & \langle C, X \rangle_{\mathbb{S}^n} \\ \text{subject ...
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Homotopy with non piece-wise linear boundary

in the middle of a long proof I encounter the following problem. Let $E$ be a closed and convex set in $\mathbb R^n$ such that for all $\vec x\in E$ it holds that $\sum_ix_i=1$. (We can understand ...
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L-infinity-norm regularized proximity problem

I have a question: $$\min_x {1\over 2} \|x-t\|^2 + \lambda \|x\|_\infty$$ where $t, \lambda$ are given constant. I think this may be a classic problem? However, I didn't find closed form of its ...
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No strong duality In spite of Slater's condition

I was reading some course notes here. On Page 8, it says: Note that strong duality holds here (Slater's condition), but the optimal value of the last problem is not necessarily the optimal ...
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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 ...