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votes

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### 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 ...

**17**

votes

**8**answers

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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 ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

304 views

### 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 ...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

280 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 ...

**9**

votes

**3**answers

831 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 ...

**9**

votes

**4**answers

530 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 ...

**8**

votes

**3**answers

316 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

**2**answers

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### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

242 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

215 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

117 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

159 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

297 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

326 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

**2**answers

389 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 ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

110 views

### convert a special case of nonlinear fractional programming into a convex problem

Is it possible to convert a fractional problem (maximization) with objective function equal to the ratio of a concave function and convex function ? This question sound impossible but I have read this ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

726 views

### 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\\
&& ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

155 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

99 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

404 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

**1**answer

199 views

### optimization problem, any solution?

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

**5**

votes

**1**answer

211 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

71 views

### Basin of Attraction

I have a function $F$ which is defined as follows:
$$
F(x) = \sum_{i=1}^N f(z_i^T x)
$$
where ${z_i}$ are known $m \times 1$ vectors, $x$ is an $m \times 1$ vector, and for $t\in \mathbb{R}$, $f(t) = ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

68 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

178 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

340 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

104 views

### 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? ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

300 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

91 views

### Questions concerning convergence rate of Iterated Projections

Assume for simplicity $C_1,C_2,...,C_n\subset \mathbb{R}^m$ to be closed and convex subsets with $\underset{i=1}{\overset{n}{\bigcap{}}}C_i\neq\emptyset$.
Let $x^0\in\mathbb{R}^n$ and define the ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

175 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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

63 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

71 views

### 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, ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

144 views

### 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 + ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

99 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 ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

211 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

142 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

524 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

62 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

129 views

### 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 & ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

45 views

### How does one go from convexity to submodularity?

If I have a function which is convex in the hypercube, $[-1,1]^n$ then when would it imply that its restriction to $\{-1,1\}^n$ is submodular?
It would be helpful is someone can share some specific ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

104 views

### An inequality from the “Interlacing-1” paper

This question is in reference to this paper, http://annals.math.princeton.edu/wp-content/uploads/annals-v182-n1-p07-p.pdf (or its arxiv version, http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.4132)
For the argument to ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

136 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

191 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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

413 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

**1**answer

197 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

127 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

86 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

548 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

302 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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

104 views

### 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 ...