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Distance from constant width bodies

EDIT As @David has observed, my conjecture was clearly wrong for $\ n:=2.\ $ Let me still give it a chance for $\ n\ge 3$. I'll call a family $\ F\ $ of bound closed convex subsets of $\ \mathbb ...
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Non-asymptotic large deviations for a convex set

Let $X_1,\dots,X_n$ be $n$ i.i.d random variables taking values in a Polish vector space $\mathcal{X}$ and with (Borel) probability distribution $\mu$. For any convex, compact $\Gamma \subset ...
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Concavity of the solution of a parametric implicit function

Suppose $F(x,y;k)=f(x,y)+kg(x,y)=0$ uniquely defines the solution $y(x;k)$ for $x\in \mathbb{D}$, a compact domain, and $0\leq k \leq 1$ is a parameter. We know that for $k=0,1$, $y(x;0)$ and $y(x,1)$ ...
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When does a cone contain its dual cone?

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional vector space with an inner-product $(,)$ and let $C\subset V$ be a cone in $V$. Let $C^\vee$ denote the dual of $C$ with respect to $(,)$, i.e., the set of vector $v\in ...
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Star shaped sets with a midpoint

Suppose $U$ is an open subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ which is star shaped with respect to $p\in U$. I'll call $p$ a midpoint of $U$ if for any line $\ell$ through $p$, the point $p$ is the midpoint of the ...
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Convex Optimization related problem

Suppose two non-negative convex functions $f$ and $g$ be given. We want to solve the following optimization $$\max_{g\leq\epsilon}f.$$ Now suppose that both $f$ and $g$ can be upper-bounded by a ...
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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{ - ...
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Changing a nonlinear equality constraint into some conic inequality plus rank constraint

If we have a constraint optimization problem in which one of our constraint is $\prod\limits_{k = 1}^N {\left( {x - {a_k}} \right) = 0} $ . How could this nonlinear equality condition be changed into ...
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Convexity of a certain sublevel set

Consider the polynomial of degree $4$ in the variable $r$ : $$ r^4 + (x^2 + y^2)\ r^2 - 2 x y\ r + x^2 y^2 $$ The discriminant of this polynomial in $r$ is the following expression (obtained using ...
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Are all linear transformations measurable?

Let $V$ and $W$ be topological vector spaces over $\mathbb{F}$ (with $\mathbb{F}=\mathbb{R}$ or $\mathbb{C}$), and let $T:V \to W$ be a linear transformation. It is well-known that $T$ is not ...
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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 ...
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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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An inequality concerning convexity and expectation

Assume $f$ and $g$ are nonnegative with $$\int_0^\infty f(x)dx=1=\int_0^\infty g(x)dx $$ and $$\int_0^\infty xf(x)dx<\infty > \int_0^\infty xg(x)dx $$ Is it true for nonnegative numbers $p$, $q$ ...
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Convexity of the Frobenius norm of the product of two matrices

I have the following function for two matrices ${\bf A}$ and ${\bf B}$: $f({\bf A}, {\bf B}) = \| {\bf Y - XAB} \|_F^2 = trace\{({\bf Y - XAB)}^T({\bf Y - XAB)}\}$ where matrices ${\bf X}_{n \times ...
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Is this graph of reciprocal power means always convex?

Let $$ p = (p_1, \ldots, p_n) $$ be a finite probability distribution, which for convenience I'll assume to have no zeroes: thus, $p_i > 0$ for all $i$ and $\sum_i p_i = 1$. Is the function ...
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Lower convex envelope of a function involving entropy

Suppose two discrete random variables $X$ and $Y$ defined on finite sets $\mathcal{X}$ and $\mathcal{Y}$ are given and also suppose the conditional distribution $P_{Y|X}$ (i.e, channel) is fixed. We ...
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Convergence rate of stochastic gradient decent with projections

Given a strong (not only strict) convex function $f: \mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}$. On such problems, stochastic gradient decent (SGD) has a convergence rate of $O(1/T)$, where $T$ is the number of ...
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Finite union of closed convex sets is triangulable?

I posted this question on Stackoverflow, but didn't get an answer. Let $A_1, \ldots, A_k \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ be closed convex sets. Is the union $\bigcup_{i=1}^k A_i$ triangulable, that is, ...
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proving quasi convexity of multivariable function

Given an arbitrary $(N \times N)$ square matrix ${\bf X}$ a positive definite $(M\times M)$ matrix ${\bf T}$ a $(Q\times MN), Q< MN$ matrix ${\bf Z}$ consisting of only 1s and 0s where there is ...
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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 ...
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Inequalities for averaging over partially ordered sets

Let's start from a classical inequality: If $0\le a_1\le\cdots\le a_k$ and $0\le b_1\le\cdots\le b_k$ then $(a_1+\cdots+a_k)(b_1+\cdots+b_k)\le k(a_1b_1+\cdots+a_k b_k)$. It can be written also in ...
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Covering fat objects with fat objects

The family of rectangles has the cover property, i.e.: For every $R\geq 1$, $k\geq 1$: every rectangle with aspect ratio $kR$ can be exactly covered by $\lceil k\rceil$ (possibly overlapping) ...
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Strictly Convex Smoothing of a function defined on an affine manifold

A function defined on an interval is strongly convex if it has positive definite second derivative. A function on an affine manifold is strongly convex if its restriction to each line is. An affine ...
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Convex functions with non-singular hessian measure are continuously differentiable?

It is known that every convex function $f: \Omega\to \mathbb{R}$, $\Omega$ convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$, has a weak derivative of bounded variation $Df\in BV_{loc}(\mathbb{R}^n)$ (e.g. Evans and ...
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Closed approximately convex set is convex

In Convex Analysis and Nonlinear Optimization by Borwein and Lewis there's the following exercise, stating that a closed approximately convex is convex: ...
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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 $B$ ...
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Is an integral against a probability measure in the convex hull of the range?

This may be really obvious but I don't see it. Let $f:\Omega \to \mathbb R^n$ be integrable with respect to a probability measure $\mu$. Does it follow that $\int_\Omega f \, d\mu$ is in the convex ...
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Uniform convergence of difference quotients of a convex function

Let $f(\cdot):\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a convex function. At $x$ denote the subdifferential by $\partial f(x)$ which is compact and closed. Now, define the approximation of $f$ around a ...
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Trapping a convex body by a finite set of points

In $\mathbb{R}^n$, let $K$ be a convex body and $T$ a finite set of points disjoint from the interior of $K$. Say that $T$ traps $K$ if there is no continuous motion of $K$ carrying $K$ arbitrarily ...
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additive support functions of a convex set

Let $K \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ be a compact, convex set. It could be uniquely determined by its support function (for $u$ on the unit-sphere $S^{d-1}$), given by $$h_K(u) = \sup \{ \sum_{i=1}^d x_i ...
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Is there a name for functions f(x,y) that are only convex in x (and continuous in y). [closed]

This is just a notation question. If I cannot find a preexisting name, I would try one-sided convex, or something of the sort.
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Question about the log-det function

Suppose I have a diagonal $n \times n$ matrix $\Gamma$ with positive entries, and a fixed $n \times k$ matrix $P$ with $P^\intercal P = I$ (here, $k \leq n$). I'm interested in knowing whether the ...
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Geometry of the metric cone

Let us say that two metrics $d$ and $d_0$ on a set $X$ are related if there exist positive constants $0 < \alpha \leq \beta$ such that $$ \alpha \,\left(d_0(x,y) + d_0(y,z) - d_0(x,z)\right) \leq ...
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Smooth convex extensibility of combination of two line segments

This is a refined version of my earlier question Convex extensibility of combination of two lines. Is there a smooth function $f:[0,1]\times [0,1]\rightarrow\mathbb R$ such that for all $x\in ...
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An equivalence relation for norms

Let us say that two norms $\|\cdot\|_1$ and $\|\cdot\|_2$ on a real vector space $V$ are strongly equivalent if there exists a constant $\lambda \geq 1$ such that $$ \frac{1}{\lambda} \left( \|x\|_1 ...
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the validity of a basic statement involving the Hausdorff distance

Let $\Omega_1 \supset \Omega_2 \supset \cdots$ be a sequence of nonempty, open, bounded and convex sets in $R^n.$ Define $\Omega = \operatorname{int} \Bigl( \overline{\bigcap_{k=1}^{\infty} \Omega_k ...
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Convex extensibility of combination of two lines

This may be too easy, but: Is there a function $f$ on the first quadrant of $\mathbb R^2$ such that $$ f(x,1)=x,\qquad f(x,0)=0, $$ and $f$ is convex or concave? Note there is no solution of ...
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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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Which matrix/operator in a cone has the largest negative spectral part?

Background: Let $\mathcal{K}$ be set (convex cone, if you like) of symmetric matrices of order $n$. Each matrix $A \in \mathcal{K}$ can be decomposed in a unique way as $A=A_{+}-A_{-}$, where ...
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About generalized Minkowski inequality

For which functions $f:\mathbb{R}^+ \to \mathbb{R}^+$ does the inequality $f^{-1}\left(\sum\limits_{k=1}^n f(x_k+y_k)\right) \leq f^{-1}\left(\sum\limits_{k=1}^n f(x_k)\right) + ...
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Are there pathological examples of log-concave measures that admit no shifts?

Does there exist a random vector $X$ in, say, the space $\mathbb{R}^\infty$ of sequences that has the following properties? The distribution of $X$ is log-concave, i.e. for every $n$ the joint ...
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Is this function of a matrix convex?

Let $\mathcal{N}_{n}$ be the set of symmetric nonnegative irreducible matrices. For a matrix $A \in \mathcal{N}_{n}$ let $v^{A}$ be its Perron vector, normalized so that $||v^{A}||_{2}=1$. Define the ...
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Given a multivariate polynomial with even degree, can we find its tightest convex polynomial 'envelop'?

To be specific, given a multivariate polynomial function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ with even degree $2d$, can we construct a convex polynomial function $g$, such that: $\forall ...
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Can we decompose a polynomial into difference of convex polynomials?

Given a multivariate polynomial $p(x_1, ..., x_n)$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$, can we always decompose it into the difference of two convex polynomials? i.e., is there a pair of convex polynomials $f$ and $g$, ...
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Exponential Convexity Results [closed]

$\textbf{Definition:}$ 1. A function $h : (a,b)\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is exponentially convex if it is continuous and $$\sum _{i, j=1}^n\xi_i\xi_jh(x_i+x_j)\geq 0,$$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and all ...
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Volumes of Sets of Constant Width in High Dimensions

Background 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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Exponential Convexity

$\textbf{Definition:}$ 1. A function $h : (a,b)\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is exponentially convex if it is continuous and $$\sum _{i, j=1}^n\xi_i\xi_jh(x_i+x_j)\geq 0,$$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and all ...
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Lattice points and convex bodies

Given are two convex bodies $K, L \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ that contain the origin as an interior point. Assume the number of integer points contained in $\lambda K$ equals the number of integer points ...
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How large are the smallest-area projections of a high-dimensional convex body?

Let $B$ be a convex body in $\mathbb{R}^d$, equipped with its standard Euclidean form, and assume that $$\intop_B x \, dx = 0$$ $$\frac{1}{|B|_d} \intop_B x_i x_j \, dx = \delta_{ij},$$ a ...
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How to find the necessary and sufficient conditions for a non-convex function to be locally convex?

Let $f(X)\geq 0$ be a nonconvex $C^\infty$ function: $\mathbb R^3\to \mathbb R$. Give any fixed $X_0$ such that $f(X_0)=\epsilon^+$, and the level set: ${L}=\{X\in \mathbb R^3:f(X)\leq \epsilon^+\}$ ...