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votes

**2**answers

882 views

### An Interesting Optimization Problem

You are given n non-negative integers $a_1, a_2 ,, a_n$. In a single operation, you take any two integers out of these integers and replace them with a new integer having value equal to difference ...

**16**

votes

**8**answers

947 views

### 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 ...

**8**

votes

**3**answers

286 views

### Lower bound for spectral radius on $\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb{Z})$

Consider the group of matrices $G =\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb{Z})$ with integer entries and determinant $\pm 1$. For each matrix $D \in G$, the product of the eigenvalues of $D$ is equal to $\det D ...

**8**

votes

**3**answers

711 views

### Is group theory useful in any way to optimization?

For what I have seen, optimization uses a lot of linear algebra and convex analysis, but I have not seen any group theory being used, so I was curious about it.
Is group theory useful in any way to ...

**7**

votes

**3**answers

345 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

206 views

### Removing constraints in convex optimization

Say I have a convex optimization problem of the form $$\min_x f(x) ~~ s.t.\\ g_1(x)\leq0,\\\vdots \\g_n(x)\leq 0$$ with all functions convex. Suppose that $x^*$ is a unique optimizer to my problem and ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

175 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 ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

173 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

93 views

### A specific case of the $p$-center problem

Given a fixed positive integer $m$, let $\cal{S}$ be the subset from $\mathbb{R}^m$ defined as $\cal{S} = \{u \in \mathbb{R}^m \mid \forall i \in \{1, \dots, m\}, u(i) > 0$ and $\sum_{i=1}^m{u(i) = ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

147 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

262 views

### What it is the volume of the unit ball section of the cone of positive definite matrices?

Let $PD_{n}$ be the cone of positive definite $n \times n$ real matrices and let $B$ be the unit sphere in $n \times n$ dimensions. What is the volume of $PD_{n} \cap B$?
EDIT: Let's assume that $B$ ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

201 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

121 views

### Reference request: Continuity of unique maximizer of linear functional on convex set

Does anyone know reference for a theorem of the following sort:
Proposition: Let $K \subset\mathbb {R}^n$ be a compact convex set, and assume that
$$f(w):=\operatorname{argmax}_{x\in K}w(x) $$ is ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

177 views

### Algorithm to minimally connect line segments in Euclidean plane

Suppose you have finitely many line segments in the Euclidean plane. How do you "connect them to form one chain of line segments of minimal length?"
More formally and generally, what I'm looking for ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

56 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

163 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

275 views

### Convex Sets and Nearest Neighbors

For a set $S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ and a point $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$, let $c_S(x)$ be the point $s \in S$ that minimizes $\|x-s\|$ if such a point exists and is uniquely determined. It is known that ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

206 views

### Minimax theorem on a non convex domain

A minimax theorem is a theorem which states that under certain conditions on $\mathcal{X}$, $\mathcal{Y}$ and $f$:
$$ \inf_{x \in \mathcal{X}}{\sup_{y \in \mathcal{Y}}{f(x,y)}} = \sup_{y \in ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

158 views

### 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} \\\
...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

183 views

### optimization problem, any solution?

The objective is as follows:
$\min_{\mathbf{F}} a Tr(\mathbf{F} \mathbf{F}^H) - Re\{\mathbf{b}\mathbf{F}^H \mathbf{C} \mathbf{F} \mathbf{d}\}$
$s.t.\ \ \ Tr(\Sigma \mathbf{F} \mathbf{F}^H)<p$
...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

393 views

### Gradient descent-like optimization on a convex landscape with noisy sampling

This is a rewrite of the original positing (below), and is crossposted to ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

110 views

### Two quadratic programming problems always same answer? [closed]

Was exploring quadratic programming optimization and for two types of problems the answers seemed to always equal.
Problem 1:
Minimize $\tfrac{1}{2} \mathbf{x}^T Q\mathbf{x}$
Subject to $ A ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

166 views

### When is the sum of a weak-$*$ closed convex cone and a subspace also weak-$*$ closed?

Let $X$ be a Banach space. Suppose $C \subset X^*$ is a convex cone and $V \subset X^*$ is a subspace, and suppose both $C$ and $V$ are closed in the weak-$*$ topology. Are there any general ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

190 views

### 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 ...

**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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

88 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

75 views

### Is the prox-residual monotone?

$\newcommand{\scp}[2]{\langle #1,#2\rangle}\newcommand{\id}{\mathrm{Id}}$
Let $f$ and $g$ be two proper, convex and lower semi-continuous functions (on a Hilbert space $X$ or $X=\mathbb{R}^n$) and let ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

70 views

### 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 $p,q$ ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

267 views

### SDP formulation of noisy low rank matrix completion

Exact low rank matrix completion using nuclear norm minimization can be formulated as a semidefinite program (SDP). Following the notation in the paper, a convex problem for noisy matrix completion ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

169 views

### Linear dependency of real numbers with integer coefficients adding up to zero [closed]

Let $x = (x_1, \dots, x_n)$ be a vector of real number. I was asking myself if there was an efficient way of telling whether there exists a non-zero vector of integers $z \in \mathbb Z$ such that both
...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

65 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

88 views

### Can one always find sparse solutions to an $\ell^1$-minimization problem?

Consider $A\in\mathbb{R}^{m \times N}$ and $b \in \mathbb{R}^m$, with $m<N$. Is it true that the optimization problem
$$\min \|x\|_1 \quad s.t. \;\; A x = b,$$
admits an $m$-sparse solution in ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

108 views

### A difficult combinatorial optimization problem

Let $\mathcal{J}$ be a closed, bounded, compact, convex set in $\mathbb{R}^L$.
(Notations: vector $\mathbf{x}$ is denoted in bold letters and its $i^{th}$ co-ordinate is denoted as $x_i$. ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

150 views

### Equivalent method for maximum likelihood estimation of covariance parameters

My goal is to estimate the parameters of a covariance matrix $\Omega$, by maximizing the following log-likelihood function:
$$\log L(\vec\tau, \rho, \sigma \mid W, X) = -m\ln(\left | \Omega \right |) ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

258 views

### Fast algorithm for maximizing smallest eigenvalue of linear combination of hermitian matrices

I have an engineering back ground. Due to work, I came across this problem
\begin{align}
&\max_{\lambda,y_i\in \mathbb{R}}~\lambda \\\
...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

118 views

### Constructing a quasiconvex function

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, ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

100 views

### This function looks quasiconvex, can't understand why

Suppose that $\mathbf{C}$ is a given matrix with non-negative entries in $\mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ and $d$ is a given scalar, and let $g(\mathbf{y})$ be defined by ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

273 views

### 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 $x \in$ ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

330 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

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252 views

### Distance between two sets

Let $A, B$ be two convex and closed subsets of $\mathbb{R}^n$. We would like to the minimum distance between these two sets. i.e., we want to find a solution for the following problem.
$$ \min ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

103 views

### Projection onto rotated box

Does anyone know if there is an efficient way to find the projection of an arbitrary point $z$ onto a rotated box, i.e. onto the set $\Omega=\{x \mid a \leq Ux \leq b\}$ where $U$ is a unitary matrix?
...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

112 views

### sensitivity analysis in conic optimization

I have a conic optimization of the form:
$\min_x \langle c, x \rangle$, s.t. $Ax = b$, $x \in K$.
Where $x \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$, $A$ is an $m \times n$ matrix, $b \in \mathbb{R}^m$, $K$ is a self ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

228 views

### quadratic programming on hypercube

I want to maximize a quadratic form $\mathbf x^T\mathbf Q\mathbf x$ and also want to find out which vector $\mathbf x$ maximizes the quadratic form when
$\mathbf Q$ is an $n\times n$ positive ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

178 views

### maximizing convex quadratic form over the intersection of unit sphere and positive orthant

For a positive semi-definite matrix $C$, I want to find the solution to the following problem:
$\arg\max_{h\geq 0} h^T C h\quad$ s.t. $\quad h^T h\leq 1$
Any pointers are welcome.

**2**

votes

**1**answer

357 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 ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

278 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

55 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

40 views

### 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\{ ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

46 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

83 views

### Is first term of my cost function convex?

I have an optimization problem in the form of
[\begin{array}{l}
\mathop {{\rm{Minimize}}}\limits_{\bf{X}} \,\,\,2\left| \delta \right|\sqrt {{\rm{Tr}}\left( {{\bf{A}}{{\bf{X}}^2}} \right)} {\rm{ - ...