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### Do the elementary properties of mixed volume characterize it uniquely?

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Take 2 convex sets in $\mathbb{R}^2$, or 3 convex sets in $\mathbb{R}^3$, or generally, $n$ convex sets in $\mathbb{R}^n$. "Mixed volume" assigns to such a family $A_1, \ldots, A_n$ a ...

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### Wasserstein geometry of measures on manifolds related to the generalized Legendre transform and $d^2/2$-convexity

Let $(M,g)$ be a fixed closed Riemannian manifold, normalized to have volume 1. We'll write $d_M(x,y)$ for the (geodesic) distance between two points $x,y\in M$. I'm interested in the following class ...

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### Circumference of convex shapes

Here is a puzzle I found in "Mitteilungen der DMV" (roughly "Letters of the German Society of Mathematicians") issue 19/2011. It was posed by Alfred Schreiber in "Wie man Hasen fangt" (How to catch ...

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### Example in Guillemin-Sternberg's Convexity Paper

At the end of the introduction of Guillemin-Sternberg's 1982 Inventiones paper "Convexity Properties of the Moment Mapping", there is a nice picture of a non-Abelian moment polytope attributed to ...

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### Polar interpretation of convexity

Let $C$ be a convex polygon in the plane containing the origin, and let $r(\theta)$ for $\theta\in[0,2\pi)$ be a parametrization of its boundary. Is there a condition on $r$ that is equivalent to (or ...

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### Minimize trace of inverse of convex combination of matrices.

Hello! (First question--please forgive me if its unclear.)
I am interested in efficient/approximate optimization techniques for minimizing a norm of a convex combination of symmetric, positive ...

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### Distributing points with respect to a concave function

Suppose I have a concave function defined on the unit interval such that $f(0) = f(1) = 0$ and $\int_0^1 f(t) dt = \alpha$, where $\alpha$ is "small" (say $0.01$ or thereabouts). Say I distribute $n$ ...

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### How do control the boundary regularity of the Legendre transformation domain from a convex function

Let f(x) be a strongly convex smooth function (its Hessian matrix is positive definite) defined in a convex domain D, introduce the Legendre transformation
$$x=(x_1,...,x_n)\rightarrow ...

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### Convexity of a constrained optimization problem

Hi, this is a continuation of a previous question I asked about the convexity of an optimization problem I am working with.
Consider the function
\begin{multline}
B_i(a_0,\mathbf{p}) \equiv ...

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### Convexity of $\frac{1}{2}\vert x_1 + x_2 + x_3 - x_1x_2x_3\vert^2$

Anybody have any tips on how to show that the function $\frac{1}{2}\vert x_1 + x_2 + x_3 - x_1x_2x_3\vert^2$ is convex in $\mathbf{x}$, where $\vert x_i \vert \leq 1$?
This comes from the following ...

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### Are affine continuous functions on Bauer sub-simplices of the probability measures given by integration over continuous functions?

Let $X$ be a compact (non-metrizable) Hausdorff space and $\mathcal{P}(X)$ the set of Radon probability measures with
weak-$*$ topology (weak topology induced by the continuous functions).
Consider a ...

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### Integral in a σ−convex set.

Having had no (proper) answer to this question, I formulate the remaining case as a new question as follows. With $I=[0,1]$, let $E$ be a separable (real) Banach space, and let $\gamma:I\to E$ be ...

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### A lower bound of a particular convex function

Hello,
I suspect this reduces to a homework problem, but I've been a bit hung up on it for the last few hours. I'm trying to minimize the (convex) function $f(x) = 1/x + ax + bx^2$ , where ...

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### surfaces of constant centro-affine curvature

It is well-known that every closed surface in $\mathbb R^3$ having constant Gauss curvature is a round sphere. Inspired by this question, I'd like to ask whether a similar rigidity holds for ...

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### Convexity of a cone in CxC

Hi. I have trouble deciding if the set of couples $ \left( \xi, \zeta \right) \in \mathbb{C}^2 $ with $ Re \left( \xi \text{ } \overline{\zeta} \right) > 0 $ is convex. It is a (real) cone, but is ...

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### volume of the unit ball of the Banach space $\ell_1^n\otimes_{\epsilon}\ell_1^n$?

We denote by $\otimes_{\epsilon}$ the injective Banach tensor product.
Which is the asymptotic volume of the unit ball of the Banach space $\ell_1^n\otimes_{\epsilon}\ell_1^n$?

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### Existence of extreme points

Let $(X,d)$ be a complete metric linear space whose balls are convex. Let $Y\subseteq X$ be a bounded, closed and convex subset that verifies the following property: for all $y_0\in Y$, the distance ...

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### Polynomial roots and convexity

A couple of years ago, I came up with the following question, to which I have no
answer to this day. I have asked a few people about this, most of my teachers and some
friends, but noone had ever ...

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### Convex polynomial homogenization and convexity

I have a polynomial that I know to be convex. If I homogenize the polynomial, is the resulting homogeneous polynomial also convex? I know that the perspective of a convex function is convex, but ...

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### Convexity and line segments

Let S be a subset of a linear space. Let S1 be the union of all line segments that join pairs of points in S. Now what happens if we repeat this process and construct S2, S3,....(Thus for example S2 ...

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### Approximation of an integral of a concave function

I suspect this is a homework question somewhere, but I've not seen it elsewhere and it seems like it should be easy: let $f(x)$ be a concave function from $[0,1]$ to the reals such that $f(0) = f(1) ...

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### Infinite convex combinations in a Banach space

Let's say that a subset $C$ of a Banach space $X$ is $\sigma$-convex if the following property holds:
For any sequence $(x_k)_{k\ge0}$ in $C$, and for
any sequence of non-negative real numbers ...

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### Two-convexity ⇒ Lefschetz?

Assume that
$\Omega$ is an open simply connected set in $\mathbb R^n$
(two-convexity) if 3 faces of a 3-simplex belong to $\Omega$ then whole simplex in $\Omega$.
Is it true that any component of ...

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### Submanifolds lying on the boundary of a convex domain

Let $M$ be a submanifold of $\mathbb R^n$. Call $M$ locally convex if locally $M$ is contained in the boundary of a convex domain of $\mathbb R^n$.
Is there any known condition that is equivalent to ...

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### Radon transform and Log-concavity

This question is related to (but different from) that of Darsh Ranjan.
Is there a characterization of the functions $f:\mathbb R^n\rightarrow\mathbb R_{\ge0}$ whose Radon transform $\hat ...

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### Bounding point-wise maximum of the absolute difference of two convex functions

Let $\Delta: R \times R \rightarrow R_{+}$ be a positive and convex function (convex in, say, both the arguments) called the loss function.
Let $x \in R^d$. Moreover, let $H_1,...,H_r$ be sets of ...

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### If $f:R^n \to R$ is a smooth real-valued function such that $\nabla f : R^n \to R^n$ is a diffeomorphism, what can one conclude about the behavior of $f(x)$ at infinity?

This question may seem peculiar, so let me preface it by saying that it arose while I was trying to understand Legendre transformations better, and in that context it is fairly natural. Anyway, ...

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### Does a log-concave function on a convex set extend continuously to the boundary?

Let $U$ be an open convex set in a locally convex space $X$, and let $f : U \to [0,1]$ be a log-concave function on $U$ (i.e., bounded and real-valued). Under what conditions does $f$ have a ...

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### Does the dual Banach space $B(\ell^\infty)$ have weak* normal structure?

Let $K$ be a bounded closed convex subset of a Banach space $E$. A point $x$ in $K$ is called a diametral point if
$$
\sup_{y\in K} \|x-y\|={\rm diam}(K).
$$
where ${\rm diam}(K)$ denotes the ...

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### If $K$ and $L$ are compact convex sets with smooth boundary, does their union have piecewise-smooth boundary?

Clarification: by "piecewise", I mean a finite number of pieces.
I'm sure this must be true, but my search for a citation was in vain (although I did learn the new term "polyconvex").
Thanks!

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### Lower semicontinuity of Bregman distances/divergences

For a Banach space $X$ and a convex functional $J:X \to [0,\infty]$ (i.e. with values in the extended reals), consider the associated Bregman distance: For $x,y\in X$ and $\xi\in\partial J(y)$:
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### Lipschitz properties of minima/minimizers of convex functions of two variables

Suppose I have a function $f(x,y)$ from $\mathbb{R}^n \times \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$ that is convex in both $x$ and $y$. Set
$g(y) = \min_{x} f(x,y)$
What I would like is for $g(y)$ to be ...

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### Some questions about Invexity

Recently, I am looking into a non-convex optimization problem whose points satisfying KKT conditions can be obtained. Then the problem becomes how to decide whether the KKT conditions are sufficient ...

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### Can subgradient infer convexity?

It is known that
If $f:U→ R$ is a real-valued convex function defined on a convex open set in the Euclidean space $R^n$, a vector v in that space is called a subgradient at a point $x_0$ in $U$ if for ...

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### Polygons and mirrors

Given a point $A$ inside a non-convex polygon $P$, is it always possible to place a finite set of mirrors (not necessarily along the boundary of $P$, any position inside $P$ is allowed) given by ...

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### Convex sets and projections

Hello!
I recently started (it's purely self-education) reading a "Mathematical programming and optimizations" book, did a vast part of the exercises related to the theoretical part and at one moment ...

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### Orthogonal similarity of matrices

Given $M\in M_n({\mathbb R})$
and $\ell\in{0,\ldots,n-1}$, we define
$$d_\ell(M)=\sum_{j=1}^nm_{j,j+\ell},$$
where the indices are understood mod $n$. In particular, $d_0$ is the trace operator.
Let ...

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### a different algebra/representation for convex sets

Hi,
I was dealing with finding a feasible region for a set of norm inequalities and the feasible region is convex. The question is not about how to find the feasible region but how to represent the ...

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### Banach-Mazur distance between $\ell^p$-norms

Let $E^n$ be the real or complex space of dimension $n$. If $N$ and $M$ are two norms over $E^n$, and if $A$ is an endomorphism, then
$$\|A\|^M_N:=\sup_{x\ne0}\frac{M(Ax)}{N(x)}$$
is an operator norm ...

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### convex hull of k random points

suppose we have $k$ points placed uniformly at random in the unit cube in $\mathbb{R}^n$.
what is the probability that their convex hull has all of the $k$ points as extreme points?
[if it would be ...

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### Convexity and Strong convexity of subsets of Surfaces

In the book Riemannian geometry - modern introduction by Isaac Chavel, three different definitions of convexity are introduced. I am looking for an example of a set which is convex but not strongly ...

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### A differential inclusion relating to the slope of a convex function

This question is concerned with a possible lemma which would be very useful in one of my current research projects, but which I am currently unable to prove. The project as a whole relates to the ...

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### Is all non-convex optimization heuristic?

Convex Optimization is a mathematically rigorous and well-studied field. In linear programming a whole host of tractable methods give your global optimums in lightning fast times. Quadratic ...

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### Ways to prove an inequality

It seems that there are three basic ways to prove an inequality eg $x>0$.
Show that x is a sum of squares.
Use an entropy argument. (Entropy always increases)
Convexity.
Are there other means?
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### Volumes of Sets of Constant Width in High Dimensions

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The n dimensional Euclidean ball of radius 1/2 has width 1 in every direction. Namely, when you consider a pair of parallel tangent hyperplanes in any direction the distance between them ...

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### A characterization of convexity

While doing some research on polytopes I came to the following question. Maybe it's already somewhere but anyway I'll post it here.
Let $X\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be such that, for every plane $P$, ...

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### Covering a circle with red and blue arcs

We have a circle and two families of $n$ red arcs and $n$ blue arcs, positioned on the circle so that every two arcs of different colors intersect. Can one show that there is a point in the perimeter ...

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### A variation on “Hearing the shape of a drum” for polytopes.

Let $\varphi:\mathcal S^{d-1}\longrightarrow \mathbb R_{>0}$ be a strictly positive function describing the boundary $\varphi(\mathbf x)\mathbf x,\mathbf x\in\mathbb S^{d-1}$ of a $d-$dimensional ...

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### Proof that domains of positivity of symmetric nondegenerate bilinear forms are self-dual cones?

Max Koecher (in, for example, The Minnesota Notes on Jordan Algebras and Their Applications (new edition: Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics number 1710, 1999)), defined a domain of positivity for ...

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### Extreme point compact convex set.

The Krein-Milman theorem shows that a compact convex set in a Hausdorff locally convex topological vector space is the convex hull of its extreme points.
It seems this implies that a compact convex ...