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### Conditions under which a set of points have a low weight representation under some basis

Let $S \subset R^d$ be a convex polytope in $d$ dimensional real space. Say that $S$ has weight $w$ if there exists some basis $x_1,\ldots,x_d$ such that for every point $v \in S$, we can write $v = ...

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### 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 ...

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### Fastest 'Oracle' Algorithm for satisfying a single linear constraint on a convex set?

In this paper by Arora, Hazan, and Kale (http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~arora/pubs/MWsurvey.pdf) a method is given for using the Multiplicative Weights Update algorithm to quickly solve Linear Programs ...

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### How do you prove that every curve of constant width is convex?

Cross-posted from math.stackexchange:
Let C be a simple closed plane curve and let D be its interior. Recall that the width of C in a direction θ is the distance between two supporting lines for D ...

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### Support Functions Of 3D Convex Bodies In Spherical Polar Coordinates

What are the known sufficient conditions,analagous to the planar curvature condition, in terms of functions of theta and phi, on the support function h(theta,phi) of a surface in 3D which imply it is ...

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### Covering the cone of positive semidefinite matrices by intervals

Is it possible to cover the cone of positive semidefinite matrices by a finite/countable/interesting family of closed intervals of matrices?
How about a general convex cone?
For the finite case the ...

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### Characterizing Convex Configurations of Quadrupels of Coplanar Points via Linear (In-)equalities between Distance Sums or Differences

Given 4 points $A$, $B$, $C$ and $D$ in general position in the euclidean plane, is it possible to determine from the 6 distances $AB$, $BC$, $CD$, $AD$, $AC$ and, $BD$ alone, whether every point is a ...

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### another diameter-perimeter-area inequality

Recently I learnt that $$
\inf\frac{diam(C)(per(C)-2diam(C))}{area(C)}=0$$ where the infimum is taken over all plane convex bodies $C$ (say, with non-zero area). In other words, there is no ...

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### a diameter-perimeter-area inequality for convex figures

Is the following inequality known? I believe it's true, but I could find no reference.
For any convex body $C$ in the plane
we have
$$\left(4-\frac{8}{\pi}\right)area(C)\leq
> ...

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### Convex bodies with symmetric shadows.

Theorem. If all orthogonal projections of a convex body $K \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ onto $2$-dimensional subspaces have a center of symmetry, then $K$ has a center of symmetry.
This is a classic result ...

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### Convexity of a Certain Set of Covariance Matrices

Hello,
My question is about a certain set of matrices being convex or not. I'll start with some preliminaries in order to define myself properly. Let $X_1,U,X_2$ be three zero-mean Gaussian random ...

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### Extreme rays in the cone of (semi)metrics

How many extreme rays are there on the polytopal cone formed by all semimetrics on a set with $n$ elements?
Some background. Given a set $X$ with $n$ elements, the set of all semimetrics
$d:X \times ...

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### Convex functions: bounding the difference

Suppose you are given a convex function $f: R^d \rightarrow R$. Let us say you are given $x,x' \in R^d$ and $x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n \in R^d$ such that
$$\sum_{i=1}^n (x_i - x') = x - x'.$$
Is it ...

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### When are cones of matrices “generated” by vectors?

The cone $P_{n}$ of positive semidefinite matrices of order $n$ can be represented in this form: $P_{n}=\{A|\forall x\geq 0: \langle A,xx^{T}>0 \rangle \}$ with $x$ running over ...

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### Minkowski's Inequality for Integrals in Orlicz spaces

EDIT: I have changed the question to have less parameters, fitting it into the context of Orlicz spaces.
Suppose $f:[0,\infty)\to[0,\infty)$ is convex and increasing, ...

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### Convex cones and self-duality

Consider the Euclidian space $E_n={\mathbb R}^n$, with standard scalar product
$$x\cdot y=x_1y_1+\cdots+x_ny_n.$$
A closed convex cone $\Gamma\subset E_n$ defines an order by $y\ge x$ iff ...

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### Convex upper bound on a linear-fractional function

I have a function of the form $f(x,y) = \frac{x}{c+y}$ where $c$ is a positive constant, $c \ge x \ge 0$, and $y \ge 0$. I would like to find a convex upper-bound for this function. Is there a ...

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### Smallest Lipschitz constant on non-convex domains

It is well known that if a function $f:U\to \mathbb C^n$, $U\subset \mathbb C^m$ satisfies $\sup_{x\in U}\|Df(x)\|_{\infty} = C < \infty$ uniformly on $U$ and $U$ is compact and convex, then $f$ is ...

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### A consequence of convexity

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ a convex decreasing function. Let $x_0 < x_1 < x_2$.
Studying the behaviour of the difference quotient, it is clear that
$$f(x_0)-f(x_2) \leq M (f(x_0)-f(x_1))$$
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### Can you see smoothness of the boundary of a convex body from its shadow?

Let $d \geq 3$ and suppose that $K \subset \mathbb{R}^{d}$ is a convex body (compact, convex, non-empty interior). Is the following true?
The boundary $\partial K$ is a $C^1$-manifold if and only ...

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### Convexity in $\{0,1\}^n$

how is convexity defined in a subset $A \subset \{0,1\}^n$?
furthermore, is there any extention of the Brunn-Minkowski inequality for subsets of $\{0,1\}^n$?
thanks.
Edit (previously posted as an ...

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### Geometric Mean of Positive Matrices

Hello all,
My question regards the geometric mean (GM) of two positive matrices. The definition of the GM for two positive matrices $(A,B)$ is given by:
...

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### necessary and sufficient conditions for a function to be DC

Hi, Does anyone know the necessary and sufficient conditions for a function to be a DC-function?
Definition: A function is a DC-function if and only if it can be written as a differnece of 2 convex ...

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### When a semigroup extension $S \times A$ of a semigroup $S$ with a commutative group $A$ contains a copy of $S$?

Maybe is a trivial question, but I don't know how to handle it.
Setting: Let $S$ be a semigroup (i.e. has an associative operation with neutral element $e$) and let $(A,+)$ be a commutative group ...

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### Approximating a convex function by a piecewise linear function

Suppose I have a Lipschitz-continuous convex function $f:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. I wish to approximate it on the unit ball by a piecewise-linear function $g:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow ...

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### A subclass of log-concave functions satifying a sum inequality

Suppose $f:[0,\infty)\to[0,\infty)$ is continuous and for all positive integers $m$ and real $x\geq0$, $\alpha,\beta>0$:
$$
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### Is $Q_n(x)=\sigma_{n+1}(x)/\sigma_n(x)$ logarithmically convex on $\mathbf{R}$?

In 1975 J. van de Lune considered the monotony properties of the canonical Riemann Upper and Lower sums for $\int_0^1 t^xdt$, with $x>0$.
Writing $\sigma_n(x) := 1^x+2^x+\cdots+n^x$ these sums are
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### Duality between extremal points and extremal maps

Suppose I have a convex set $C\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ such that $0\in C$ and every Cauchy sequence in $C$ converges in $C$, but $C$ need not be bounded. (Actually I want unbounded $C$). Consider the set
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### Is these two optimization problems share the same solution?

Hello all,
I am dealing with some SDP optimization, and I come across the following problem.
The optimization problem is given by
\begin{aligned}
&\operatorname*{min}_{t_1,\ldots,t_m,X}\ \sum ...

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### Eigenvalues of product of two symmetric matrices

This is mostly a reference request, as this must be well known!
Let $A$ and $B$ be two real symmetric matrices, one of which is positive definite. Then it is easy to see that the product $AB$ (or ...

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### Question regard checking convexity by “restriction to any line that intersects the function domain”

Hello all,
I have a question (probably stupid one) about the fact that " A function is convex if and only if it is convex when restricted to any line that intersects its domain".
In Stephen Boyd and ...

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### Is a jointly convex function of x and y convex as a function of x when y=z(x)?

Hi,
Suppose that $x \in R^m, y \in R^n, z(x) \in R^n$, and $f(x,y)$ is convex in $(x,y)$.
Is $f(x,z(x))$ a convex function in $x$ for arbitrary continuous functions $z(x)$?
Thanks!

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### non convex optimization

Hi there,
In my studies I come up with this nonconvex optimization problem
argmin |Ax|_2+lamda*|x|_1 subject to x'x=1
where cost function is nonsmooth but convex and the constrant in nonconvex.
I ...

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### (probably simple) optimization question

Suppose you have a concave function defined over a non-polyhedral convex cone and you are interested in the infimum. What would be standard approaches to tackle the question? (The cone is actually PSD ...

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### Proving that a specific function is quasiconvex

Hello all,
Assume we have a sequence of quasiconcave functions (in $X$) denoted by $f_{i,j}(X)$ for $i,j = 1,\ldots,n$. Denote by $F(X)$ the $n\times n$ matrix whose $(i,j)$ entry is the function ...

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### Conjecture that two nested convex curves have a point with the same slope

I'm trying to prove a conjecture and need some help.
Consider a continuous, twice differentiable function $p(a)$ such that $p(0) = 0$ and $\forall a$, $p'(a) > 0$ and $p''(a) < 0$ and $p$ is ...

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### Are faces of a compact, convex body “opposed” iff their extreme points are pairwise “opposed”?

Let $P$ be a compact, convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ (infinite-dimensional generalisations welcome, but not necessary). Let's say that disjoint subsets $W_1$, $W_2$ $\subset P$ are opposed if there ...

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### Characterising semi-definite positiveness on vectors with non-negative entries

My problem is to characterise (or find useful information on) the cone $C$ of $N\times N$ matrices $M$ ($N\geq 1$) such that $$V^t M V\geq 0$$ for every vector $V $ with non-negative entries. Is this ...

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### A Weak Form of Borsuk's Conjecture

Problem: Let P be a d-dimensional polytope with n facets. Is it always true that P can be covered by n sets of smaller diameter?
Background and motivation
The Borsuk conjecture (disproved in ...

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### Going in the direction of the gradient

First, a motivating example. Suppose $f(x)$ is convex, differentiable, with a single minimum $x^*$.
Then the differential equation $$\dot{x}(t) = -\nabla f(x(t))$$ drives $x(t)$ to $x^*$.
Now my ...

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### proving the interior of a dual cone is the set of vectors whose inner product is strictly positive on the cone

Apologies for posting such a simple question to mathoverflow. I've have been stuck trying to solve this problem for some time and have posted this same query to math.stackexchange (but have received ...

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### Packing and isoperimetrics

Suppose a manufacturer bottles small units of liquid and ships them via very large trucks.
If the transportation cost nothing, spherical bottles would minimize the packaging cost (isoperimetric ...

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### Convexity of a specific semialgebraic set

I have an engineering problem which maybe resolved with semi-definite programming optimization.
I have a set which I would like to know if is convex:
Being $m \in \mathbb{R}^+$ a positive real ...

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### Deciding the convexity of semialgebraic sets

Given a basic closed semialgebraic set, $S \subset \mathbb{R}^n$, defined by
$S = \{ x \in \mathbb{R}^n \mid g_1 (x) \geq 0 \land \dots \land g_m (x) \geq 0\}$
where $m \in \mathbb{N}$ and $g_1, ...

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### Is the intersection of boundaries of convex bodies a topological sphere?

Let $K_1, K_2, \ldots K_n$ be convex bodies in $R^d$. Assume that for any index set $I$, $\cap_{i \in I} K_i$ is not empty and is not properly contained in any body $K_i$ for $i\in I$.
Is it true ...

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### A natural center of a convex weakly compact set in Banach space

Question: Let $S$ be a convex weakly compact set in Banach space $H$. Propose a natural way to define the unique center $O \in S$.
Motivation: A lot! For example, in game theory $S$ can be a set of ...

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### Quermassintegrals as mean curvature integrals

It is well-known that the quermassintegrals $W_{i}$ of a convex body $K\subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$ can be written as a mean curvature integral
$$ W_{i}(K)=n^{-1}\int_{\partial K}H_{i-1} ...

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### Does the minima of a sequence of convex convergent functions converge?

Suppose $f_1,f_2,\ldots $ is a sequence of convex functions that converges to a continuous convex $f$. Let $x_1^*,x_2^*$ be their respective (not necessarily unique) minima, and let y be a minima of ...

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### Lipshitz Constant of the convex extension of a submodular function

The title says it all :)
Given a submodular function (take the rank function of a matroid, for a concrete example) $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, we can extend it to a convex function ...

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### A question regarding Danskin's theorem

Suppose $\phi({\bf x},{\bf z})$ is a continuous function of two arguments,
$\phi: {\mathbb R}^N \times Z \rightarrow {\mathbb R}$,
where $Z \subset {\mathbb R}^m$ is a (non-empty) compact convex ...