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### maximize non-convex composite function

I want to maximize a composite function over a convex set
\begin{equation}
\begin{aligned}
& \underset{\mathbf{p}}{\text{maximize}}
& & f(\mathbf{p})-g(\mathbf{p})\\
& \text{subject ...

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### Basin of Attraction

I have a function $F$ which is defined as follows:
$$
F(x) = \sum_{i=1}^N f(z_i^T x)
$$
where ${z_i}$ are known $m \times 1$ vectors, $x$ is an $m \times 1$ vector, and for $t\in \mathbb{R}$, $f(t) = ...

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### Why does optimization of a sum of two terms result in “neat” answers? [closed]

This is a somewhat vague and philosophical question.
Consider the following three problems:
Problem 1:
Minimize over all real-valued $x,$ the function $f(x) = bx-ax^2$ where $a,b>0.$
...

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### Bounding the difference in the value of a strongly convex function at its integer minimum and other integer points

I am currently working on a problem where I have to minimize a $m$-strongly convex function
$$f ~: ~\mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^+$$
over a bounded integer lattice,
$$L = \mathbb{Z}^n \cap ...

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### “Most Similar Vector Problem” on an Integer Lattice?

I am currently working on problem that I think could be expressed as an integer lattice problem.
Given $u \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and a bounded integer lattice $L = \mathbb{Z}^n \cap [-M,M]^n$ I would like ...

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### Maximal minimum for a sum of two (or more) cosines

Please prove (or disprove, and give the correct answer):
$$2 =\mathrm{argmax}_{r\geq 1}\min_{x\in \mathbb{R}}\left[\cos\left(x\right)+\cos\left(rx\right)\right]
$$
In other words, find $r \geq 1$, ...

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### arg min_X ||A X B - C||^2, with X diagonal [closed]

Let $A, B, C$ be known matrices, and let $X$ be an unknown matrix.
Given that $C = AXB \Leftrightarrow \text{vec}(C) = K \text{vec}(X)$, where $\text{vec}(\cdot)$ denotes the vectorization of a ...

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### Maximize a sum of log of sum

For a matrix $c (m\times n)$ of non-negative constants, find values of $\lambda_1, \lambda_2, \ldots, \lambda_n$ that satisfy $\sum_{k=1}^n \lambda_k = 1$, $\lambda_k \ge 0 \, \forall k$ and maximize ...

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### Global optimisation of the real part of impedance

I have the following global optimisation problem:
$$
\underset{\omega}{\min}-c^{T}\left(\omega^{2}\mathbf{1}+A^{2}\right)^{-1}b
$$
where $A$ is a $n \times n$ real matrix, $c$ and $d$ are ...

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### Is there any algorithm can find local minima of nonconvex objective function in guaranteed polynomial time?

More precisely, The setting could be formulated as,
$min. F_{\lambda}(p)$ over permutation matrices $P$
Here $F_{\lambda}(p)$=$\lambda *F_{0}(p)+(1-\lambda)F_{1}(p)$
where both $F_{0}(p)$ and ...

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### Likelihood convexification

I am doing constrained vector optimization using a non-convex non-linear likelihood function. My problem is of the following form:
$$\begin{align*}\hat Q &= \underset{\vec Q}{\arg\min} -\log ...

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### A specific case of the $p$-center problem

Given a fixed positive integer $m$, let $\cal{S}$ be the subset from $\mathbb{R}^m$ defined as $\cal{S} = \{u \in \mathbb{R}^m \mid \forall i \in \{1, \dots, m\}, u(i) > 0$ and $\sum_{i=1}^m{u(i) = ...

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### Solution of a linearly constrained quadratic programming problem [closed]

What is the solution of the following optimization problem:
\begin{align}
&\min{\mathbf{p}^\mathrm{T} \mathbf{B} \mathbf{p}}\\
&\text{subject to}: \mathbf{0}\leq{\mathbf{p}}\leq \mathbf{1}.
...

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### Analytic solution $\underset{n} {\mathrm{argmin}} \frac{a}{r + ns} + \sum_{i=0}^{n-1}\frac{b}{r + is}$ [closed]

Could anyone provide some hints for solving:
$\underset{n} {\mathrm{argmin}} \frac{a}{r + ns} + \sum_{i=0}^{n-1}\frac{b}{r + is}$ for $n \in \{1,2,3,\ldots\}$
The problem is part of a coding ...

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### Modified Orthonormal Procrustes Problem

In the general orthonormal Procrustes problem, we want to find an orthonormal matrix $C$ to minimize $\|Y-XC\|_F^2$, where $Y$ is a known $n\times q$ matrix, $X$ is a known $n \times m$ matrix, and ...

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### iterative solution better than analytic solution? [closed]

My supervisor and I were discussing a specific optimisation problem this afternoon.
To be simple: solve for $R$ in the equation $Rx=y$, where $x$, $y$ are made of samples in two difference ...

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### Maximum of a mollified/convolution function

I have a function $f:{\mathbb R}\rightarrow {\mathbb R}_+$ which has a unique maximum at $x=0$. $f$ can be symmetric or asymmetric. I am interested on the mollified-f function
...

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### numerical solver for stochastic optimal control problems

can any one recommend numerical solver (c/c++ library preferred) for stochastic optimal control problems? For deterministic optimal control I found something like that: ...

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### maximizing a function involving factorial

Can someone suggest a way to calculate the maximum with respect to $x \ge 1$ of:
$$f(x)=\frac{1}{x!} \frac{1}{1-c^{1/\binom{x+n-1}{n-1}}}.$$
The constants $c$ and $n$ are parameters such that $c \in ...

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### How to fit the parameters of differential equations with known data?

I have the following data from chemical kinetics research to fit the parameters of ordinary differential equations:
$$
\left[
\begin{array}{ccccccc}
\text{No.}& t & y_1(t)&y_2(t) & ...

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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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### Software tools for medium-scale systems of polynomial equations

I am attempting to find all real solutions of a system of 12 polynomial equations in 12 unknowns. The equations each have total degree 6 and contain up to 1700 terms. I am only interested in real ...

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### Uniqueness of solution of a nonconvex optimization problem

What conditions need to be hold for a nonconvex optimization problem to have a unique solution?
Specifically, I have the following minimization problem that I'd like to know whether it has a unique ...

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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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### Sufficient optimality condition for a non-smooth quasiconvex problem

The result of relaxing to an integer program is the following optimization problem:
$$\min_{\textbf{x}} \sum_{i=1}^n \alpha_i h(x_i)\quad subject \; to \quad A\textbf{x} = \textbf{0}$$
where ...

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### range of the difference-of-two-qubit-$4 \times 4$-density-matrix-determinants

The determinant of a two-qubit $4 \times 4$ density matrix--that is, a Hermitian, nonnegative definite matrix with unit trace--lies between $0$ and $(\frac{1}{2})^8$. (A "pure state" has determinant ...

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### Finding the maximum of a multivariate polynomial of degree one

I need to find the global maximum of the function
\begin{align}
f\left(x\right) & = p_1 \max\left(\sum a_{1i} x_{1i}, \sum b_{1i} x_{1i}\right) - \sum c_{1i} x_{1i} \\
&+\ldots \\
&+ p_n ...

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### Maximizing an integral over a convex region

Let $C$ denote a compact, convex region in the plane containing the origin with unit area, and let $f$ be a probability distribution on $C$. Let $f^\ast$ denote the distribution that maximizes the ...

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### A Recursive Maximization Problem

Let $A\ge B>0$ be real constants. I say that a function $f:[0,1]\rightarrow[0,1]$ satisfies the $(A,B)$-condition if for all $p\in [0,1]$, the expression
$$q(A-Bp-Bf(q))$$
is maximized (not ...

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### Constructing an $\epsilon$-net for a Lipschitz subspace of $L^2$

Let $X$ be a subset of $L^2([0,1])$ which contains only Lipschitz function.
Also, the member of $X$ are uniformly bounded
$$
|x(t)| < M, \text{ for all $x \in X$ and $t \in [0,1]$}.
$$
Let $F: X ...

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### Why are optimization problems called “programming”?

Why are optimization problems often called programs?
linear programming
geometric programming
convex programming
Integer programming
...

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### Compactness of a semi algebraic set

Suppose I have a polynomial $p\in R[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ and I look at the set $S:=\{ x\in R^n : p(x)\geq 0\}$. Are there algebraic certificates on $p$ that will certify that $S$ is compact?

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### Maximum Dispersion of a Connected Geometric Graph

Let $\left\{\mathbf{p}_1,\dots, \mathbf{p}_k\right\}$ be a set of points in $n$-dimensional Euclidean space, and let the second moment of these points be defined as:
$
U=\sum \limits_{i=1}^{k} ...

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### Optimization problem - maximizing number of satisfied linear inequalities subject to a quadratic constraint

I am wondering what is known about optimization problems of the following type.
Our control x is a unit vector in $\mathbb{R}^n$. We are given a finite number of linear inequalities
$$Az≥b,$$
and we ...

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### Uniqueness of fixed points for rational transformations

Background
Let $a,b,c,d$ be nonnegative constants and consider the map $T\colon [0,1]\times[0,1] \rightarrow [0,1]\times[0,1]$ defined by
$$
T(x,y) := \left( \frac{1}{1 + ax + by}, \frac{1}{1 + cx + ...

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### Maximizing supermodular functions

I have a real supermodular objective function which I want to maximize with constraint. The constraint is on the size, like |A|=k .
I am wondering if anyone can give me more information about a ...

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### The role of subgradient in programming with nonsmooth functions

It is obvious that there is similarity between subgradient and gradient. The subgradient of smooth functions is reduced to gradient. I have two questions.
The first is does there exist subgradient ...

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### lipschitz constant of a multivariate function

I have a function $f:\mathbb{R}^{50} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and I need to compute the Lipschitz constant of $f$ to solve an optimization problem using a specific algorithm. Does any one have ...

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### Avoiding epsilon in mixed integer linear and quadratically constrained programs

I would like to represent the following constraint as MILP constraint where $x \in [a, b]$ with fixed $a, b \in \mathbb{R}$ and $y \in \lbrace 0, 1 \rbrace$.
$(x = 0 \wedge y = 1) \vee (x \neq 0 ...

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### Generalization of the equilateral triangle?

I consider points in the two-dimensional plane.
An equilateral triangle is a set of three points in the plane which are equidistant.
Suppose now I have $n$ points $x_1,...,x_n$. What is the ...

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### for what arguments the function reaches maximum?

Hi,
What is the maximum of the following function?:
$f(x_i,w_i)=\frac { \sum w_i}{ \sum \frac {w_i}{x_i} } - \frac{ 1 - \prod \left ( 1 - w_{i}\right )}{ 1 - \prod \left ( 1 - \frac{w_{i}}{ ...

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### What kind is this optimization problem

I come across a problem like
$\max {\frac{1+v}{1-u}}$
$s.t.~$ $ux^2+vy^2-xy\ge0$ $\forall x,y\in\mathbb{R}$
I do not know much of optimization.
What I have done is that $ux^2+vy^2\ge ...

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### Computing a point of refraction

Oddball question: say I want to travel from $(a, b)$ where $b > 0$ to $(c, d)$ where $d < 0$ using the shortest path, where I can travel at velocity $v_1$ in the upper half-plane and at velocity ...

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### Trying to get an idea of the maths I could use for this optimization problem

Firstly, apologies if some of the notation or terminology is odd, or if I am defining functions that have standard notation associated with them already - I am not familiar with the concepts in this ...

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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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### Finding the lowest cost set of disjoint paths using all nodes in a directed graph?

I have a directed graph with edges connecting nodes representing costs.
I wish to find the set of paths which
-go from node 'start' to node 'end'
-are node-disjoint (except for the start and end ...

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### Minimum weight bipartite graph clique covering

I was wondering if anyone here could give me any pointers as to how to solve the following problem.
Let $B=(L,R,E)$ be a bipartite graph, and $\forall u\in L\cup R$, let $c_u$ be a cost associated to ...

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### Gandhi's quote formalized [closed]

Hello,
I hope this question is appropriate for Mathoverflow. Gandhi said, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world". I don't understand anything in Game/optimization theory (I don't know ...

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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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### 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 ...