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

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Optimization question: maximize quadratic objective with semidefinite constraints

I recently encountered the following optimization problem: $\max \|AX\|_F^2$ subject to: $X\succeq0$ and $Xb_i\leq c_i$ for a collection of $T$ conditions: $i=1,\ldots,T$. Matrices $A$ and $X$ are ...
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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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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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Relaxation of non-convex QCQP with one quadratic and one linear constraint

According to Boyd we know that a non-convex QCQP problem with one quadratic constraint has strong duality with the relaxed SDP or Lagrange counterpart. (check "Convex Optimization" by Boyd, Appendix ...
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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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Can I use proximal algorithms on complex real-valued functions?

There is a plethora of literature in proximal operators and proximal optimization algorithms specially for Compressive sensing. A proximal operator is defined as \begin{equation} ...
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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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Nuclear norm (convex) minimization with complex-valued matrices?

Rank minimization subject to some constraints can be accomplished in many cases through the nuclear norm. \begin{align} \min_{X}.\,\,& \left\|X\right\|_* \\ \text{s.t. }& X\in\mathcal{C} ...
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Self-concordant function for dual cone

I wonder if there is any existing result for self-concordant function in the literature about the following question. Suppose $f$ is a self-concordant barrier function of a proper cone $K$ (pointed, ...
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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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Find the minimum distance between two convex hulls

We work over $\mathbb{R}^N$. Let $\mathbf{P}_1$ denote the hyperplane constructed using $N$ points, each of which is on a different axis (there are $N$ axes). We denote by $\mathbf{P}_2$ the convex ...
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Constrained optimal control problem

I am trying to solve an optimization problem which is probably reminiscent of optimal control theory but all of this is not exactly my field of expertize and I am a little bit lost in translation. If ...
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Convex optimization with full subdifferential information

Can anyone direct me to any algorithms or theorems that describe the difficulty of solving a non-smooth convex optimization problem for the special case where the full subdifferential is available? ...
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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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Finding a movement taking out of a convex set

There is a convex set $S$ as the hull of M points in an D-dimensional Euclidean space and a point $\vec P$ in the set. Then, there is a set of vectors $\vec W$ taking the form $\vec W=\sum_{i=1}^N ...
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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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Lower bound for $ \sum_{i=1}^n x_i f(x_i)$ when $\sum_{i=1}^{n}x_i = K$

Considering, the set of all n dim. vectors $\{x_i\}_{i=1,...,n} $ such that $x_i \geq 0 $ and $\sum_{i=1}^{n}x_i = K$ Any continuous and strictly increasing function $f^+(x)$ : $ \mathbb R^+ \to ...
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Fixed point iteration on symmetric biconvex function

Suppose $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ is a convex set and that a function $g(x,y):X\times X\rightarrow\mathbb{R}_+$ is smooth, "strictly biconvex" (strictly convex in $x$ and $y$ independently but not ...
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How to prove the existence of the polytope in $\mathbb{R}^d$ with a given number of faces, minimizing the isoperimetric ratio?

This is the isoperimetric type question. We know that in $\mathbb{R}^d$, balls are the sets that minimize the isoperimetric ratio $\frac{S^{d}}{V^{d-1}}$, where $S$ is the surface area and $V$ is the ...
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How can I find the maximum value of this function?

For given values of $A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}, b \in \mathbb{R}^m$, how can I find the value of: $$ \max_{x \in [0,1]^n} \|Ax+b \|_1 $$ Or is this problem NP-hard?
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Condition for maximizer of convex combination to be expansion mapping

I have $\Pi_n:\mathbb R^{n+1}\rightarrow \mathbb R$ and $F_n:\mathbb R^2\rightarrow \mathbb R$ with $$F_n(x,a)=\Pi_n(x,...,x,a)$$ $$f_n(x)=\operatorname{ArgMax}_{a\in\mathbb R}\{F_n(x,a)\} $$ such ...
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Can one estimate the distribution of eigenvalues of a matrix by its Cauchy/Stieltje transform?

Given a real symmetric $n$ dimensional matrix $A$, with eigenvalues $\lambda_i$ I am defining its Cauchy transform as the function, $f_A(z) = \sum_i \frac{1}{z-\lambda_i}\,$ Is there any information ...
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Constructing a quasiconvex function [closed]

Let $C\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ be a nonempty convex set. A function $f:C\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is called convex if $$ f(\lambda u+(1-\lambda)v)\leq\lambda f(u)+(1-\lambda)f(v), \quad\forall u,v\in C, ...
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polynomial expression for counting number of integral points of a set

Let $v_i=a_ie_i\in\mathbb R^d$ and $w_i=b_ie_i\in\mathbb R^d$ for $i=1,\dots,d$ where $e_i$'s are unit vetcors and $a_i,b_i$ are positive integers. Let $$S=conv\{0,rv_i+sw_i:i=1,\dots,d\}.$$ Can we ...
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Condition number after preconditioning

Suppose $A$ and $P$ are symmetric, positive definite matrices and that we factor $P^{-1}=EE^\top.$ Is it true that the condition number of $PA$ is upper-bounded by the condition number of ...
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Is there some quantitative version of interlacing of eigenvalues of a matrix under rank-1 update?

Given a real symmetric matrix $A$ and a vector $v$ of the same dimension we know that the eigenvalues of $A + vv^T$ are left interlaced by the eigenvalues of $A$. But do we have any quantitative ...
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What methods do we have to understand the spectrum of matrices with restricted entries?

Consider questions of the form (or the "most probable value of" version of these questions rather than the "largest possible"), What is the largest possible spectral radius of a $n \times n$ matrix ...
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Minimum of squared sum minus sum of squares

I know that $$ \min_{\|x\|_2=1=\|y\|_2} \left(\sum_{k=1}^nx_ky_k\right)^2-\sum_{k=1}^nx_k^2y_k^2 \geq -1/2 $$ with equality whenever $|x_k|=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}=|y_k|$ for two coordinates. I'm ...
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Rate of convergence for cyclic gradient descent

I'm trying to solve the optimization problem $\min_x \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^n f_i(x)$ where $f_i$ are (strongly) convex, smooth, lower semi-continuous, etc. However, I am not able to do conventional ...
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Practical bundle methods

What is the most widely applied bundle method currently available? I am trying to solve a large convex optimization as accurate as possible with dimension being roughly 5000+.... Thank you.
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smooth minimization of piecewise linear convex function

Is it possible to apply Nesterov's smooth minimization of non smooth function on a problem of the form $$\mathop {\min }\limits_{\lambda \in {R^m}} \mathop {\max }\limits_{\sigma \in {{\left\{ ...
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Characterizing matrices with rank constraint

Given matrix $M\in\Bbb\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$, is there a nice method to characterize $$\mathscr{D}[M]=\{Q\in\Bbb\{0,1\}^{n\times n}:\mathsf{rank}(M-Q)= \mathsf{rank}(Q),\quad M-Q\in\Bbb\{0,1\}^{n\times ...
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When is a convex program continuous in its constraint vectors?

Consider $$F(z)=\min ae^{-x}+b e^{-y} s.t. x\ge 0, y\ge 0\text{ and } x+y=z$$ I checked if this function is continuous, but it is not at $z=0$. $F(z)=2\sqrt{ab}e^{-z/2}$ when $z\ne 0$, and ...
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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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l1 Quadratic Programming [closed]

Within a SQP- algorithm it can happen that the constraints of the quadratic sub- problems are infeasible. In order to overcome this infeasibilities, a l1 penalty method can be used according to ...
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Functions that are easy to compare to a norm

Let $X$ be a subset of $\mathbb{R}^d$, let $\|\cdot \|_p$ be a norm with $1\leq p\leq\infty$, and let $f:\mathbb{R}^d\to\mathbb{R}$ be a function. I'm trying to find examples of $X$, $p$, and $f$ for ...
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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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Characterization of the maximizer of a function based on a parameter's value

Consider a smooth, continuously differentiable, and jointly concave function $f(x,y,z;a)$, where $x,y$ and $z$ are decision variables and $a$ is a problem parameter. I have two optimization problems. ...
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generalized mean inequality extension

from generalized inequality, we now that for $p>q$, we have $M_p(\mathbf{x})\ge M_q(\mathbf{x})$. now I am curious to know if we can find a constant $\alpha(p,q)$ which is only function of $p,q$ ...
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monotonicity alike functions

assuming we have two smooth function ${f_1},{f_2}:{R^N} \to R$, under what condition, we have ${f_1}\left( {{{\bf{x}}_1}} \right) \ge {f_1}\left( {{{\bf{x}}_2}} \right) \leftrightarrow ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...