Nonlinear objectives, nonlinear constraints, non-convex objective, non-convex feasible region.

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### Conjecture on maximum of symmetric combinatoric function

A curious symmetric function crossed my way in some quantum mechanics calculations, and I'm interested its maximum value (for which I do have a conjecture).
(The question was first asked at math.SE, ...

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### Finding maximum of a function with unfixed number of variables

Can anybody solve this:
For a constant positive integer $n\geq6$
find $k$ and positive integers $a_{1},a_{2},...,a_{k}$
that maximize the expression
...

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### Best s-term approximation and unit balls in weak $\ell^p$ norm

In the book "A Mathematical Introduction to Compressive Sensing" by Foucart and Rauhut there is the following asymptotic estimate at page 332, equation (11.1):
$$\sup_{\mathbf{x}\in B^N_{r,\infty}} ...

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### Nonlinear system of equations whereas most of the equations are linear. How to minimise operation?

Let us say we have a n * n system of equations like KU=F where K is a n*n matrix and U and F are n*1 vectors. K and F are defined and the final goal is to find U values.
K is a sparse banded matrix ...

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### How can be a conservative field constraint be efficiently implemented in a continuous optimization problem?

Suppose we have the following continuous optimization problem:
$$
\underset{x}{\mathrm{minimize}}f\left(x\right)
$$
subject to
$$
\exists X:\nabla X=Jac\left(X\right)=x
$$
where $f$ is a function ...

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### Convert constraint to do convex optimization or use Lagrange multiplier method [closed]

$w_1, w_2, w_3 ... w_n$ are the weights I need to find
I have the following constraint:
$|w_1| + |w_2| + .. |w_n| <= 5$
That is the sum of the absolute values of the weights has to be less than ...

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### Convex Sets and Nearest Neighbors

For a set $S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ and a point $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$, let $c_S(x)$ be the point $s \in S$ that minimizes $\|x-s\|$ if such a point exists and is uniquely determined. It is known that ...

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### Containing a “fuzzy” ellipsoid within an ordinary ellipsoid

Consider the ellipsoid described by the inequality $(x - x_c)^T P^{-1} (x - x_c) \leq 1$, where the vector $x_c \in \mathbb{R}^n$ denotes the center of the ellipsoid and the symmetric positive ...

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### Optimization problem involving an entrywise function

Let $X$ a $n\times p$ real-valued matrix and $Y$ a $p\times q$ real-valued matrix. Let $\phi:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ a function. What is the appropriate way to deal with the following optimization ...

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### Convergence of Coordinate Descent / Alternating directions

My question regards this method
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinate_descent,
where at each step a function $f$ is minimized along one coordinate axis (or block of coordinates).
Assume that $f: ...

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### Maximizing the “uniformity” of a probability measure, with constraints, via path length minimization

Background
I want to find a probability measure for a continuous random variable, subject to moment constraints, that is maximally "uniform", as defined below:
Definition: Maximally Uniform ...

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### minimizing concave function

I am interested in using the algorithm of Harold Benson described in his 1991 paper: "A Branch and Bound-Outer Approximation Algorithm for Concave Minimization over a Convex Set". In the paper, he ...

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### Recursively calculate Tikhonov regularizer in b-spline objective function

I'm trying to write a program to calculate cubic b-spline based on set of inputs. But I can't figure out how to calculate value of Tikhonov regularizer.
My b-spline function is this:
I have ...

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### How to solve such an optimization problem

I encounter the following optimization problem, but I can't solve it.
Given $N$ variables satisfying $0 \leq x_1 \leq x_2 \leq x_3 \leq ... \leq x_N \leq 1$ and an integer $K$ no large than $N$, find ...

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### Levenberg's original article “A method for the solution of certain problems in least squares”

Does there exist any digital copy of the original article (or a transcript) K. Levenberg, A method for the solution of certain problems in least-squares, Quart. Appl. Math. 2 (1944): 164-168?
It is ...

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340 views

### 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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### Finding gradient of an optimization

I am trying to find the gradient of the following optimization problem and then add to objective, but I got some trouble in computing. Could you please help me?
Assume that we have an optimization ...

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### optimization problem, any solution?

The objective is as follows:
$\min_{\mathbf{F}} a Tr(\mathbf{F} \mathbf{F}^H) - Re\{\mathbf{b}\mathbf{F}^H \mathbf{C} \mathbf{F} \mathbf{d}\}$
$s.t.\ \ \ Tr(\Sigma \mathbf{F} \mathbf{F}^H)<p$
...

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### Solution of a nonlinear system of two equations

Given the matrix $A_{M,N}$ with $N\gt M$, the vector $y$, I have to find the vectors $x$ and $u$, satisfying the following equations:
$$D(x)x=A^Tu$$
$$y=Ax$$
where: $$D(x) = \left| \begin{array}{ccc}
...

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### A Optimization problem using co-ordinates of joint numerical range.

Let $\mathbf{A}_1,\dots,\mathbf{A}_L$ be $N\times N$ hermitian matrices. Define the mapping from the $N-$dimensional unit sphere to $\mathbb{R}^L$ as
\begin{align}
...

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### Approximate solution to large mixed integer programming problem

What are the available approaches to find an approximate solution to a large mixed integer programming problem?
I ran my problem in the Gurobi MIP solver.
It can find a feasible solution in ...

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### Solving a quadratic matrix equation with non-squared matrix

I was trying to solve the problem of finding the value of a non-squared matrix $T$ ($n \times m$) which solves
$$ T^T T = X$$
where $X$ is a symmetric and positive semidefinite $m \times m$ matrix, ...

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### Finding a point maximizing the minimal distance to a set of points

Given a set of of $N$ points $\{\mathbf x_i \in \mathcal{S}^d\}_{i = 1, \ldots, N}$, where $\mathcal{S}$ is a set of possible values, how can I find the point $\mathbf x^*$ that maximizes the minimum ...

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### Linear Programm with matrix [closed]

Is there a name for problems like this
min norm(Cx)
Ax = b
where C is a matrix and norm is the maximum norm.
This is kind of like a linear Programm. Could this be rewritten as linear programm? Or Any ...

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### QR-Decomposition of matrix valued function

Suppose I have a matrix valued function
$$
F:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^{m\times n},\qquad F(x)=\tilde Q\tilde R+xu_1v_1^T+xu_2v_2^T
$$
where $\tilde Q\in\mathbb{R}^{m\times m}$ is orthogonal, ...

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votes

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### How to minimize $-\sum p_b \ln{p_b}$?

Consider multisets of the form $A = \{a_1,\dots,a_n\}$ of integers. Let $q = P(a_i = a_j)$ when $i$ and $j$ are chosen independently and uniformly from $\{1,\dots, n\}$. Let $B$ be the set of ...

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### Optimization problem involving Multivariate Normal

I use $\phi(t)$ to describe the standard normal distribution density and $\Phi(t)$ as the normal distribution CDF and would like to prove that for all
$n\geq3$, the function:
...

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### Distance between two sets

Let $A, B$ be two convex and closed subsets of $\mathbb{R}^n$. We would like to the minimum distance between these two sets. i.e., we want to find a solution for the following problem.
$$ \min ...

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### Complexity of turning a d-degree polynomial to 2-degree polynomial

For a very simple example,
$(1+x)^4=x^4+4x^3+6x^2+4x+1$ is a 4 degree polynomial, and I want to change it to a 2-degree polynomial by add more variables, for this example, we can simply let $y=x^2$, ...

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### How to minimize the Bregman divergence on a convex hull spanned from a set of vectors?

everyone.
It has been well known that the following minimization problem of a Bregman divergence with linear inequality
can be solved by successively projecting the current point to each constraint ...

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### Bounding volume of cell in complement of zero set

I am given an integer polynomial $f \in \mathbb{Z}[X_1, \ldots, X_n]$ of bounded degree and bounded coefficient size. The polynomial's zero set partitions $\mathbb{R}^n$ into cells. What I am looking ...

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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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### No Strong Duality In Spite of Slater's Condition

I was reading some course notes here.
On Page 8, it says:
Note that strong duality holds here (Slater's condition), but the
optimal value of the last problem is not necessarily the optimal
...

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### Techniques for proving that a set of constraints over the integers are inconsistent

I have a problem which boils down to showing that a set of constraints has no solutions. A simplified version of this constraint system would be the following system:
$$
\left\{
\begin{array}{l}
...

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### Estimation of part of parameters from an ODE

Suppose, we have an ODE
$$ \frac{dy}{dt}= f(t,y;p',a)$$
or alternatively
$$ \frac{dy}{dt}= f(t,y;p)$$
where the set of all parameters $p = (p',a)$. We only need to estimate part of parameter set ...

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vote

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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:
${L}=\{X\in \mathbb R^3:f(X)\leq \epsilon^+\}$ ...

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### Lagrange multiplier and semidefinite programming

suppose we have a primal semidefinite programming. for finding its dual we use Lagrange multiplier $w_i$ for each semidefinite constraint. If the Lagrange multiplier be zero for one constraint what we ...

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### Subtour Elimination in Travelling Salesman Problem using MTZ

I am trying to formulation a problem similar to a Traveling Salesman with Time Window constraints.
To eliminate subtours, I need to use some constraint similar to a generalization of MTZ constraints ...

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### Why eigenvectors optimize this orthogonally constrained nonlinear minimization problem?

Given a $p \times p$ positive definite matrix $\Sigma$, why eigenvectors of $\Sigma$, stacked as columns of a matrix $R \equiv [r_1 \, r_2 \, \ldots \, r_p]$, optimize the following orthogonally ...

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### Decomposition of a semi-definite matrix into sums of sparse semi-definite matrices

I'll first provide the background.
Let $x\in\mathbb{R}^N$ be decomposed into $n$ non-overlapping blocks of variables
$x^{(1)},\ldots,x^{(n)}$.
We say that $f:\mathbb{R}^N\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is ...

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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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votes

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### Sparse approximation of the inverse of a sparse matrix

Is it possible to approximate an inverse of a sparse matrix with a sparse matrix?
The problem comes up in numerical non-linear quasi-Newton optimization: given a sparse Hessian a good starting point ...

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### Finding all local maximum points of a function?

Let ${\boldsymbol \theta}=(\theta_1,\theta_2,\ldots,\theta_n) \in{\mathbb T}^n$ and $P:{\mathbb T}^n\rightarrow {\mathbb R}$ be a function defined on $n$-torus as
$$
P({\boldsymbol \theta}) = ...

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### Intuition on a certain class of quadratic optimization problems

Let $\mathcal{X} = \{\mathbf{X}\in\mathbb{C}^{d\times d}:\|\mathbf{X}\|\leq 1\}$, where $\|\cdot\|$ is the Frobenius norm. Let $\mathbf{y}\in\mathbb{C}^{d\times 1}$. We are familiar with the following ...

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### An intuition for three different types of subgradients (proximal, regular, limiting)

I'm having a bit of difficulty getting my head around the different types of subgradients we're currently covering in a nonsmooth optimisation class I'm taking.
These subgradients are (assume $x \in$ ...

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### Non-linear 1st order difference equation

I have been trying to solve the following difference equation for some time now : $$u^3(n+1) = a - b\cdot u^2(n) + u^3(n), \qquad a \ne 0 \ne b$$
I have tried various substitutions, simplifications ...

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**1**answer

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### Finding zeros of a multi-variable nonlinear trigonometric function

I am trying to calculate analytic solution (or locus) of zeros of a very large multi-variable function which is consisted of thousands of nonlinear trigonometric terms. All the variables are real ...

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**1**answer

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### Nonconvex optimization problem

I have a nonconvex optimization problem. It is actually optimizing a linear objective function over a set of linear constraints and a set of nonlinear, non convex constraints.
Is this problem ...

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### Is the feasibility of a system of nonlinear, non-convex equations (inequalities) decidable?

I would like to know whether the following problem is decidable.
Is the system
$x^T Q_i x + r_i = 0 \mbox{ for } i = 1, ..., k$
$x^T Q_j x + r_j \neq 0 \mbox{ for } j = k+1, ..., t$
feasible, ...