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### Can the extragradient method be computed only based on proximal steps?

As we know, for solving saddle point problems, the forward-backward algorithm is generally not guaranteed to converge. But the extragradient method converges Structured Prediction via the ...

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### Nesterov's Methods for minimizing composite functions

There are some methods originally from Nesterov, which accelerates optimization methods, e.g. Nesterov 1983, Nesterov 2003, Nesterov 2005 ( smooth minimization of non-smooth functions), Nesterov 2013 (...

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### algorithms to solve convex problems [on hold]

which algorithms are used to solve convex / SOCP problems? for instance, which numerical algorithm is implemented in Sedumi or cvxgen? interior-point methods, or something else?
Thanks

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### optimize a Quadratic Matrix Programming with multi-spherical constraints

I have got the following quadratic problem restricted on the Cartesian product of Euclidean spheres.
$\underset{X \in \mathbb{R}^{n\times 3}}{\text{min}}$ $Q(X) = \frac{1}{2} Tr(X^TA X) + Tr(B^T X)$
...

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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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votes

**1**answer

273 views

### 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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vote

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453 views

### 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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### 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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### 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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### Practical application of envelope theorem for linear programs

Assume that we have solved a (standard) linear program
$$
\text{minimize}_{x\in {\mathbb R^n}}\,\, c_0^Tx, \,\,\,\,\, \text{s.t. } A_0x \leq b_0,
$$
and would like to know how sensitive is the optimal ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### Limits of argmin ratios and sums

In my research on convergence properties of certain Bayesian methods I have encountered $\mathop{\mathrm{arg\,min}}$ limits of the forms
\begin{equation}
\lim_{n\to\infty} \mathop{\mathrm{arg\,min}}_{\...

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votes

**1**answer

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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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### Minimizing component-wise convex functions [migrated]

I want to minimize a function $f(\vec x,\vec y)$, whereby $\vec x$ and $\vec y$ are vectors. If I hold $\vec x$ constant, $f(\vec x,\vec y)$ is convex with respect to $\vec y$, and the reverse is true ...

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### Interior of a dual cone

Let $K$ be a closed convex cone in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Its dual cone (which is also closed and convex) is defined by $K' = \{ \phi\ |\ \phi(x) \geq 0,\ \ \forall x \in K\}$.
I know that the interior of $...

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### Minimization over function space [closed]

This is the first time I encounter a problem where I need to minimize a function defined in a function space. Define the function space $A=\{\theta:\mathbb{R}^3 \rightarrow\mathbb{R}|\ \theta\ \text{...

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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) = ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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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}}}} \\
...

**0**

votes

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### How to solve this nonlinear optimization problem?

I have a nonlinear optimization problem with linear constraints. How to solve this? $\sigma_i$ and $\rho_i$ are the optimization variables.
$\min\hspace{1mm}\max\hspace{1mm}\left\{\frac{\sigma_1}{c_1-...

**0**

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### Limit of argmin of sum

Suppose that I know $f_n\rightarrow f$ and $g_n\rightarrow g$ are both continuous maps from a Complete Riemmanian Manifold $X$ to $\mathbb{R}$ which converge pointwise almost everywhere. Then is it ...

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votes

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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 or ...

**2**

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**0**answers

212 views

### Reference request: functional analysis results used in Taubes paper (1980)

I am studying Taubes paper 'Arbitrary N-vortex solutions to the first order Ginzburg-Landau equations'. I am looking for a reference of three following theorems:
Let $f(x)$ be a convex funtional ...

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39 views

### Separation on discrete set

Consider the set $L = \prod_{i=1}^n\{1,0\}$, i.e. L consists of the element of n-tuples whose entries are 0 or 1. Also we can regard $L$ as a subset of $R^n$.
Define linear functions $f(x)= a_1x_1+ \...

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votes

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33 views

### Optimizing sum of approximate and exact functions

This is a research question that I had asked in Math.SE about a month ago, but even after putting a bounty on it, I did not get any answers.
I have two real values functions, where one ($g(w;x):\...

**0**

votes

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### A possible condition on a set of vectors to be uniquely determined by their gramian?

Suppose you are given a gramian matrix $G=W^TW\in R^{k\times k}$, $W\in R^{d\times k},\;d>k$.
The given gramian $G$ determines, up to a unitary transformation, the columns of $W$, i.e. an ...

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### Designing Character Other Than 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 ...

**0**

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16 views

### Finding orthogonal basis with constraint

Is there any fast algorithm that output an orthogonal basis $e_i,i\leq n$ of $R^n$
with $e_i\in V_i$? Where $V_i,i\leq n$ are given linear subspaces of $R^n$.
And is there any condition on $V_i,i\leq ...

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votes

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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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votes

**2**answers

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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 ...

**1**

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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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### 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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votes

**1**answer

126 views

### 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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votes

**4**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

101 views

### 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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**1**answer

44 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

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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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288 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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} ...

**0**

votes

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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 $X$...

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votes

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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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votes

**1**answer

251 views

### 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.
$$
g_i(x)=\frac{1}{2}x^T Q_ix-lmax_i\leq0,i\in\{1,...,m/2\}
$$
$$
g_i(x)=\frac{...

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votes

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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 + \...