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### Generating Uniquely k-Optimal Point Sets

This question is motivated by the observation that finding an optimal tour through a set of points in the Euclidean plane is especially simple, if the points are in convex configuration and, that the ...

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### On convergence of convex bodies

Let $K\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a compact convex set of full dimension. Assume that $0\in \partial K$.
Question 1. Is it true that there exists $\varepsilon_0>0$ such that for any ...

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### Existence of an extreme point of a 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 ...

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### Is there a “last mile” criterion for a generalization of planar convex hulls to symmetric weighted graphs?

This question is motivated by an almost successful attempt to define planar convex hulls of a finite set of isolated points only via subset sums of the distances between point-pairs; the advantage of ...

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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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### sum of fractional functions optimization problem

Consider the following sum of fractional functions optimization problem
$$
\begin{array}{l}
\mathop {\min }\limits_{\bf{x}} \,\,\,\sum\limits_{i = 1}^p {\frac{1}{{{\bf{a}}_i^T{\bf{x}} + {b_i}}}} \\
...

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### In what sense is the Bayesian posterior mean a “convex combination”?

I asked this on math.stackexchange with no response, I'm hoping someone here might have something.
Suppose I want to estimate $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ from two signals with zero mean, normally ...

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### Maximal cones and lexicographic orderings

Let $V$ be a real vector space. It is well known that, given a totally ordered basis of $V$ (say $(b_i)_{i\in I}$ where $I,<$ is totally ordered), $V$ is totally ordered by the lexicographic ...

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### Hessian matrix positive definiteness (concavity test) [closed]

I have a rather simple scenario based optimization problem:
Maximize
$$
Q_1{_s}(A_1{_s}-Q_1{_s}-bQ_2{_s})+ Q_2{_s}(A_2{_s}-Q_2{_s}-bQ_1{_s})-[(Q_1{_s}-K_1)^+ + (Q_2{_s}-K_2)^+]c
$$
subject to ...

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### Sufficient conditions for weak majorization

Suppose $x_1\ge x_2\ge \cdots \ge x_n\ge 0$ and $y_1\ge y_2\ge\cdots\ge y_n\ge0$ be reals such that for any positive integer $p$,
$$
\sum_{i=1}^n x_i^p \geq \sum_{i=1}^n y_i^p.
$$
Question: Is ...

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### Global minimum of nonlinear least square

We have a continuous and differentiable function $f(\cdot)$ that maps from $R^n$ to $R^n$. We are trying to solve a nonlinear least square problem:
Minimize $J(x)=\Vert f(x)-z\Vert^2$
subject to box ...

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### Determining convexity of a polygon from its Fourier coefficients

Consider an $n$-sided polygonal curve in the plane, represented by an ordered set of points $(x_0, x_1, \ldots, x_{n-1})$; line segments connect consecutive points and also $x_{n-1}$ to $x_0$. It is ...

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### Eigenspace of convex combination of two idempotent matrices

Let $H_1,H_2\in\mathbb{Q}^{n\times n}$ be idempotent and symmetric matrices. For any $0<\mu<\frac{1}{2}$, consider the matrix
$$H_\mu:=\mu H_1+(1-\mu)H_2.$$
I'm looking for a description of ...

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### Representation of probability measure over product spaces

Trying to obtain some exchangeability-related results, I ended up with the following questions, which I couldn't answer (at least, not in the negative); this is also related to this MO thread (edit: ...

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### Shape whose translated and scaled copies are closed under intersection

The translated and scaled copies of an equilateral triangle with fixed orientation are closed under intersection - the intersection is again an equilateral triangle with the same orientation.
What ...

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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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### Choosing the weights of a Voronoi diagram — is this function always the gradient of another function?

This question is related to the earlier question Weighted area of a Voronoi cell . As in that question, let $X = \{ x_1,\dots,x_n\} $ denote a set of $n$ points in the unit square $S = ...

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### Calculating a Combinatorial Generalization of Planar Convex Hulls

In this question I have suggested a generalization of the notion of a set of points in the Euclidean plane being in convex configuration to the set of vertices of symmetric weighted graphs via ...

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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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### Is support function of a convex curve in $\mathbb{R}^2$ absolutely continuous? [closed]

There is an example of a convex function of two variables that is convex but not absolutely continuous. The level set of this function is a convex curve.
To construct one example of such a function ...

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### Tverberg partitions with less than (r-1)(d+1)+1 points

The Tverberg Theorem states the following: Let $x_1,x_2,\dots, x_m$ be points in $R^d$ with $m \ge (r-1)(d+1)+1$. Then there is a partition $S_1,S_2,\dots, S_r$ of $\{1,2,\dots,m\}$ such that $\cap ...

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### Is this a log-concave function?

Let $(a_k)$ be a log-concave positive decreasing sequence. Is $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n a_k(1-e^x)^{k-1}$ log-concave in $x<0$, for each natural $n$?

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### Choquet theory and Hilbert's fourth problem

The following text is an attempt to see Hilbert's fourth problem in a new light.
Definition. A pseudometric $d$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$ is called projective if whenever a point $z$ belongs to a line ...

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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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### Log-concave polynomial is a log-concave function?

A polynomial $\sum\limits_{k=0}^n a_kx^k$ is log-concave if $a_0,\ldots,a_n$ constitute a log-concave sequence. I wonder whether the log-concave polynomial is also a log-concave function with respect ...

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### does every compact convex set in c0 have but countably many extreme points

This seems plausible, given the properties of the unit ball of $c_0$.
I have a compact set in a complex Banach space $X$ whose closed convex hull has uncountably many extreme points. It would be ...

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### A Generalized Version of Maximal Correlation and Hypercontractivity of Conditional Expectation Operator

Given a pair of random variables $(X,Y)$ over a product space $\mathcal{X}\times \mathcal{Y}$, the maximal correlation coefficient is defined as
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### The center of a minimal convex superbody

Is the following true?
CONJECTURE: $\,$ Let $\ B\ C\subseteq\mathbb R^n\ $ be convex bodies in $\mathbb R^n$ such that $\ C\ $ is centrally symmetric, $\ B\subseteq C,\ $ and $\ t\!\cdot\! B\ $ ...

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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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### Continuous maps which send intervals of $\mathbb{R}$ to convex subsets of $\mathbb{R}^2$

Let $f : \mathbb{R} \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ be a continuous map which sends any interval $I \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ to a convex subset $f(I)$ of $\mathbb{R}^2$. Is it true that there must be a ...

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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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### Convex hulls of families of probability measures

Let $X$ be a standard Borel space, so that the space of Borel probability measures on $X$ is also a standard Borel space. We denote it by $\mathcal P(X)$.
In this paper for any family of probability ...

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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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### Finding non convex functions satisfying a weak form of convexity, without the axiom of choice

If a real-valued function $f$ over reals satisfies $$ (1) \; \; \; f({x+y\over2})\le {f(x)+f(y)\over2}, $$and it is continuous, then it is not hard to see that $f$ is indeed convex. On the other ...

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### Questions about the regularity of the “norm” associated to a convex set

Suppose $K\subset \mathbb{R} ^n$ is a closed convex set whose interior contains the origin. We can assign a gauge function to $K$ as $g_{K}(x):=\inf\{\lambda>0 \mid x\in\lambda K\}$. $g_K$ has all ...

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### Is every open convex subset of a Riemannian manifold necessarily contractible?

Question: Is every open convex subset $C$ of a Riemannian manifold $M$, necessarily contractible?
Here by a "convex subset" I mean a set $C$ having the property that between each pair of points in ...

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### A functional inequality about log-concave functions

Let $f,g$ be smooth even log-concave functions on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$, i.e.,$f=e^{-F(x)}, g=e^{-G(x)}$ for some even convex functions $F(x),G(x)$. Is it true that:
$$
\int_{\mathbb{R}^{n}} \langle ...

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### Two (new?) variants of convex functions

I find that the following two types of functions are useful to my research.
(i) We know that a function $f: \mathbb{R}_+^m\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is called convex if for all ${\bf x,y}\in ...

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### Generalization of standard convex problem

In standard convex programming, the objective function and each of the constraint inequalities are convex. in such case, if the KKT condition hold for a point, and Slater condition is also hold for ...

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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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### Symmetry of Sundry Planar Convex Sets of Constant Width & Minimal Area

In a much broader paper in “Optimization Methods & Software 27,6 (2012) pp1073-1099” Bayen & Henrion consider planar compact, convex sets with support functions which are finite Fourier ...

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### Geodesically convex neighborhood in Finsler manifolds

It is well known that every point of a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ possesses a fundamental system $\{U_n\}_{n\in\mathbb N}$ of geodesically convex neighborhoods. This means that every pair of points ...

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### Convexity of Isoperimetric Domains

I am interested in what is known about the convexity of isoperimetric domains in compact Cartan-Hadamard manifolds (Riemannian manifolds that are complete and simply-connected and have non-positive ...

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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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### Log-concave distributions: Weighted sum of pdfs

Assuming $f_n(\cdot)$ is a log concave function (e.g., pdf of Gaussian distribution) and $0\le q_n\le 1$ for all $n\le N$, I am trying to find conditions under which the following holds
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### when does elementwise-log preserve positive-semidefiniteness?

Let $Z$ be a positive semidefinite matrix with nonnegative entries, and define $X=\log(1+Z)$, where the $\log$ is taken entrywise, i.e., $X_{ij}=\log(1+Z_{ij})$. Are there some simple sufficient ...

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### Why are all these families of polynomials finally log-concave?

This started when I was examining certain families of unimodal polynomials, i.e. $\sum_{k=0}^n a_kx^k$ where $a_0\le a_1\le\cdots \le a_k\ge\cdots \ge a_n$.
(Notation: in the following, the $a_k$ ...

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### (A kind of) Irreducibiliy of regular open convex sets in the Cartesian space

I am looking for a proof of the fact which is formulated at the bottom of this post. The property of regular convex sets which the fact expresses seems to be true to me, yet I have not been able to ...

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### Fixed point iteration on symmetric biconvex function

Suppose $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ is a convex set and that a function $g(x,y):X\times X\rightarrow\mathbb{R}_+$ is smooth, "strictly biconvex" (strictly convex in $x$ and $y$ independently but not ...

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### Generalization of Popoviciu's inequality

Popoviciu's inequality states that for convex $f$ and numbers $x_1,x_2,x_3$, we have
$f(x_1)+f(x_2) + f(x_3) + 3\cdot f(\frac{x_1+x_2+x_3}3) \geq 2\cdot f(\frac{x_1+x_2}2)+2\cdot ...