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### Robust black box function minimization with extremely expensive cost function

There is an enormous amount of information about the common applied math problem of minimizing a function.. software packages, hundreds of books, research, etc.
But I still have not found a good ...

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### Limit of argmin of sum

Suppose that I know $f_n\rightarrow f$ and $g_n\rightarrow g$ are both continuous maps from a Complete Riemmanian Manifold $X$ to $\mathbb{R}$ which converge pointwise almost everywhere. Then is it ...

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### Largest instance of highly nonlinear benchmark functions (e.g. Rastrigin function)

What is the largest instance size (number of variables) ever numerically solved for highly nonlinear (continuous, not combinatorial) optimization benchmarks functions, such as Rastrigin, Schwefel or ...

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### Simulated Annealing and Mixed Integer Non-Linear models [closed]

Has any research or study been done so far, in which a MINLP model being solved with Simulated Annealing algorithm,without "linearzing" the proposed MINLP model at first?

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### Dennis More' Superlinear Convergence_refrences request

Why in the proof of superlinear convergence of restricted broyden class (for the unconstrained optimization) we need the bounded deterioration condition for the approximation of all the true hessian ...

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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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### Optimization with vectors

I am trying to solve the following optimization problem as a small part of a research project, and I do not know if there exists closed form solutions. My linear algebra is very rusty and I am looking ...

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### A contractive mapping which I don't understand

Given a matrix $Y$ and a vector $c$ define the following iteration
$\hat{c} = f(c)$, where each element of $\hat{c}$ is given by
$$\hat{c}_{\ell} = \frac{\sum_k ...

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### Convert general optimization problem to LP problem

I am trying to convert the following problem into a linear programming problem:
There are $M\times N$ matrix $T$ of real numbers between 0 and 1 and $N\times 1$ vector $w$ of real numbers between 0 ...

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### Separable Least squares - is there a notion of conjugate directions?

I have a general question.
Suppose I have the following to optimize
$$\|Y-A(\mathbf{x})B(\mathbf{y})\|^2$$
where $Y$ is a vector, $A(\mathbf{x})$ is a matrix that depends on a vector $\mathbf{x}$ in a ...

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### Optimization of a function of a positive definite matrix and its inverse

This question is a little ill-posed, but I've been playing with some equations and am just wondering if this resembles any known problems that have been solved.
Suppose I have two real, positive ...

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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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### Is finding a local minimizer of a NP-hard optimization problem is still NP-hard [closed]

I was wondering if for a NP-hard optimization problem, I only want to find its local minimizer, is it still NP-hard or NP-hard is only true when trying to find a global minimizer?

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### Deterministic global solution to find the Optimal-knot placements for continuous piecewise linear functions to fit nonlinear data

I have been searching lately for a deterministic global technique to linearize a nonlinear function with continuous piecewise linear regions.
I've a univariate nonlinear function y=f(x). where f(x) ...

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### solution of an infinite horizon optimization problem

Give the following formulation:
$\min_{\{x_s(t):\forall s,t\}} \sum_{s \in \mathcal{S}} \mathbf{1}\left(\lim_{T\rightarrow \infty} \frac{1}{T} \sum_{t=1}^T \frac{y_s(t)}{x_s(t)}\leq 1\right)$
$s.t. ...

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### Solve non-linear Optimization Problem [closed]

I have to find $x$ that minimizes: $$ \sum_{k}(x^H\textbf A_kx - b_k)^2$$ where $A_k$ are 4 x 4 positive definite matrices ($A_1, A_2,...A_k$), $x$ is 4 x 1 vector and $b_k$ are scalars ...

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### Two fold optimization: is there an established approach for this kind of problem?

I have a list of thousands of linear expressions, with less than 100 total variables. Each expression is associated with a positive point value. I want to make as many of the expressions greater than ...

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### Optimization over space of probability measures

Consider an optimization problem as follows:
$$
\min\mathbb E_w[f_0(w)] \mathrm{\,\,\,\,\,\ s.t.\,\,\,\,} E_w[f_i(w)]\leq 0 ,\,\,\, i=1,\dots, k
$$
where the maximum is taken over $\mathscr M$, ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### A circle packing conjecture

Consider $n$ circles with variable radii $r_1,\ldots, r_n$ that pack inside a fixed circle of unit radius. In other words, all $n$ variable-radius circles are contained in the unit radius circle and ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Best algorithm/software for solving a planar transportation problem ?

I am looking for software (open-source or otherwise) or an implementable algorithm for solving a continuous transportation problem. The input consists of a pointset in a planar rectangle, and we need ...

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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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### 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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### how to estimate a polyhedron(convex hull) classifier from data sample

Given a set of points $X\in\Re^D$, they have labels $Y\in${$-1,+1$}. I would like to separate the data labeled +1 and the data labeled -1 by a polyhedron.
$min_w \sum_i \xi_i + \frac{1}{2}\|w\|_2^2$
...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Linear program to maximize the minimum absolute value of linear functions ?

I'd like to compute
$\max_{x,t} t$ such that $\forall i$, $t < a_i + |x - b_i|$.
where $a_i,\ldots, a_n$ and $b_1,\ldots,b_n$ are fixed and $x \in [0,1]$.
Can this be solved with a linear ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Efficient algorithm for finding the minima of a piecewise linear function

Consider real numbers $a_i$ and $b_i$ for $i=1\dots n$ and define a function by
$f(x) = \max_i ( a_i + b_i x )$
We desire to find $\min_x f(x)$. Obviously this occurs at an intersection of two ...

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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} ...