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### The maximal “nearly convex” function

The following problem is only tangently related to my present work, and I do
not have any applications. However, I am curious to know the solution -- or
even to see a lack thereof, indicating that the ...

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### Generalized widths and reverse Urysohn inequalities

This question is inspired by the discussion in MO questions "Local minimum from directional derivatives in the space of convex bodies" and "Bodies of constant width?" about generalized notions of ...

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### Local minimum from directional derivatives in the space of convex bodies

I have a function $f(K)$ defined on the space of three-dimensional convex bodies for which I want to show that the unit ball $B$ is a local minimum. I have been able to show if $K$ is not homothetic ...

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### Characterizing curves that bound strictly convex regions

Consider a closed curve on the plane so that if we perform any translation and dilation on it, the resulting curve intersects the original curve at most twice. Does this property characterize the ...

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### Volume inequality between projections of a convex symmetric set in $\mathbb R^3$

Let $K$ be a centrally symmetric convex body in $\mathbb R^3$ with volume ${\rm vol}(K)=1$. For any subset $F \subset \lbrace1,2,3\rbrace$, let $K_F$ be the projection of $K$ in $\mathbb R^F$.
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### Extreme points of a set of probability measures

Consider the set of Borel-measurable probability measures over the interval $[0,1]$ with a given mean, say 1/2. To be precise, I'm talking about the following set $$M=\left(\mu\in \Delta([0,1]):\int ...

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### Shift invariant measures that are(n't) convex combinations of ergodic measures

Let $X=2^\omega = \lbrace 0,1 \rbrace^{\mathbb{N}}$ and $T\colon X \to X$ the (left) shift map. The space $\mathcal{M}$ of $T$-invariant Borel probability measures is convex with $\mathcal{M}^e$, the ...

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### minimizing functions over simple matrix inequalities

I'm wondering if anything is known about minimizing convex, not necessarily linear functions subject to "simple" matrix equalities. To be precise, consider the following example:
$min \Sigma x_i ln ...

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### Is it possible to solve the argument maximization problem $\arg\max_x \langle x,l \rangle −f_1(x)−f_2(x)$ via convex duality?

I am attempting to solve the argument maximization problem
$$\arg\sup_x \{ \langle x,l \rangle − f_1(x)−f_2(x) \} \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ (1)$$
where the functions $f_1$ and $f_2$ are concave but ...

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### Spline fit with bounded derivations

How can I do a Spline Fit with bounds on some derivations?
Problem
Given:
Set of data points $t_k, x_k$
Set of nodes $n_i$
order $D$ of the spline (in my case $D=5$)
lower and upper bounds ...

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### convexity of images of space-filling curves

Suppose $f:[0,1]\to[0,1]^2$ is continuous and for each $t\in[0,1]$, the area of $\lbrace f(s) : 0\le s\le t \rbrace$ is $t$. For what sets of values of $t\in[0,1]$ can $\lbrace f(s) : 0\le s\le t ...

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### Does a notion of convex graph make sense?

Let $X=(V,E)$ be a finite connected graph. I would be interested in some notion of convexity.
General question: Is there a notion of convexity for finite connected graphs? How does it look like?
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### Java library for SDP [closed]

People who frequently code semi definite programs, is there any java library for solving sdps? I have tried my luck but all I can find is C/C++ libraries or matlab toolboxes. I can write wrappers to ...

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### gradient of convex functions

Hello. Can somebody help me with the following question that I have thought over for quite some time, to no avail?
Let $f$ be a smooth function (class $\mathrm{C}^{\infty}$), $f:\mathbb{R}^n ...

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### Weighted area of a Voronoi cell

Let $X = \{ x_1,\dots,x_n\} $ denote a set of $n$ points in the unit square $S = [0,1]\times[0,1]$, and let $w = \{w_1,\dots,w_n\}$ denote a set of weights corresponding to the $n$ points in $X$. ...

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### Signed measure that is positive over convex sets

I have a signed measure $\mu$ on a convex subset $C\subset \mathbb{R}^n$, and I want to prove that $\mu$ is a probability measure, most importantly that it is positive everywhere.
I do know that ...

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### Minimally 6-connected 3D discrete lines that are convex lattice sets

There are several definitions of 3D discrete lines, e.g. http://diwww.epfl.ch/w3lsp/publications/discretegeo/nratddl.html , http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19867-0_4 . However, I know of none that ...

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### Does the automorphism group of a cone determine the cone?

A cone is a $R_+$-module. That is, a cone is an abelian monoid that is closed under nonnegative real scalar multiplication. An automorphism of a cone is a bijective $R_+$-linear map. That is a map ...

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### Linear and Isometric Automorphism Groups of the PSD Cone

Let $S_+$ be the cone of psd matrices ($n\times n$ real symmetric positive semidefinite matrices). This cone is a metric space induced from the inner product $\langle A,B\rangle = tr (AB)=tr(BA)$.
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### Status of the compact AR problem?

The so-called "compact AR Problem" reads:
Is every compact convex set in a metrizable topological vector space an absolute retract?
It is open according to the chapter by T. Banakh, R. Cauty ...

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### Finding smallest ellipsoid that circumscribes over intersection of two ellipsoids that do not have common center

Does this already exist in literature? The closest Ive been able to find is circumscribe intersection of two ellipsoids with a common center by W. Kahan ...

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### How do I optimize over (or take derivative wrt) a square diagonal matrix?

Hello. I'd like to solve the following optimization problem.
$P_i$ is a 6x6 matrix
$X$, $Y$ is a 6xk matrix
$w_i$ is a kx1 vector
$diag(w_i)$ is a square diagonal matrix with diagonal entries equal ...

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### Can extremal matrices of subcones of psd matrices have low rank?

Let $S$ be the cone of positive semidefinite symmetric real matrices of size $n\times n$. The cone $S$ spans a $d:=n(n+1)/2$ dimensional vector space.
Let $C\subset S$ be a subcone formed by ...

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### Is a solution of a linear system of semidefinite matrices a convex combination of rank 1 solutions?

The cone of symmetric positive semidefinite $n\times n$ matrices is the convex hull of rank $1$ matrices. That is, every symmetric positive semidefinite matrix is a convex combination of rank 1 ...

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### Are plactic classes convex under the right weak Bruhat order?

For those who are unfamiliar with the terminology, I'll explain a little.
The symmetric group $S_n$, as a type A Coxeter group, has generators $\{s_1,\ldots,s_{n-1}\}$ with relations (1) $s_i^2$ for ...

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### Surface fitting with convexity requirement

Hi all,
Consider a cloud of points in 3D space (x,y,z). The data is well-behaved, once plotted the surface looks like some sort of spheroid. I assumed a form for the fitting function f(x,y,z) = c1 ...

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### Computing the intersection of dual affine subspaces

Suppose we have a convex function , $\phi(x): R^d \to R$. It is well known that the Legendre transform of $\phi$ is also a convex function, and can (loosely) be thought of as the dual or derivative ...

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### Joint Convexity of Spectral functions of several matrices

$\{A_1 \ldots A_K \}$ is a set of matrices in $\mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$. Let $f (A_1,\ldots,A_K)$ be a function of the singular values of all matrices. For e.g., $f$ is just summation of singular ...

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### Global index of convexity/concavity of a function

We are looking for a global index of the convexity/concavity of a function.
For concreteness, how can I formalize the intuitive notion that a function $f$ is more convex than $g$ where ...

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

Background
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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### 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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### 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 ...