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

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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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### Valid KKT Constraint Qualification? Linear constraints not full rank, Jacobian of nonlinear constraints full rank and independ. of linear constraints

For a nonlinear optimization problem having only linear constraints, by the Linearity Constraint Qualification, no further constraint qualification is required for the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker (KKT) ...

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### An obstacle problem

Let $f:[0,T]\to \mathbb{R}$ be an increasing function with $f(0)=0$. We want to maximize $f(T)$ with the following constraints:
$|f^\prime(t)|\le M,\quad \forall t\in[0,T]$
$f(t)\le g(t),\quad ...

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**1**answer

157 views

### How can I find the maximum value of this function?

For given values of $A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}, b \in \mathbb{R}^m$, how can I find the value of:
$$
\max_{x \in [0,1]^n} \|Ax+b \|_1
$$
Or is this problem NP-hard?

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### Determining Nullspace Basis such that only one column is deleted or added as row is added or deleted, and remaining columns of basis stay the same

I would like to compute, in MATLAB, the basis Z for the nullspace of an m by n matrix A, such that if one row of A is added (resulting in A_a), the basis for A_a is n-m-1 of the n-m columns of Z, ...

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### Discrete optimization problem

Suppose you had $N$ many fixed points $X_1, X_2, ..., X_N$ in some Euclidean space $R^d$ and from these coordinates you had to choose $n$ many of them ($n \leq N$ also being fixed) to form a subset ...

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### Why hexagons? The maximal minimum of a sum of cosines on the plane with frequencies on the unit circle

We wish to maximize the minimum of a weighted sum of cosines in the plane, when the frequency components are on the unit circle. Formally:
$$\max_{\{ a_i,\theta_i,\phi_i \}_{i=1}^{N} } \min_{(x,y) ...

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112 views

### 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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**1**answer

43 views

### Nonlinear least square with quadratic equality constraint

I am looking for an appropriate method or hint to solve the following constrained nonlinear least square problem:
$\operatorname{argmin}_X \sum_{i\in I} \|\mathbf{X}_i - \mathbf{X}_{i+1}\|_2^2 + ...

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### Frobenius nearest non-negative Gram matrix of balanced row-sums

Let $W \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ be any non-negative real symmetric matrix. For $k \leq n$, let $\mathcal{F} := \{X \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times k} \ | \ X \geq 0, X \mathbf{1} = \alpha \mathbf{1}, ...

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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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### Global and local maxima in a weighted sum of logarithms of linear functionals?

Constrained Optimization Problem
Is is possible to describe, and locate efficiently, the maxima of the function $f$, as described below in the parameters $\mathbf{x} = (x_1,...,x_m)$. The constraints ...

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### Interior point V.S sqp algorithm for large scale optimization

I have an large scale optimization problem that works with fmincon solver within sqp algorithm. But it is so slow. However, ...

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**1**answer

74 views

### Rate of convergence for cyclic gradient descent

I'm trying to solve the optimization problem
$\min_x \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^n f_i(x)$
where $f_i$ are (strongly) convex, smooth, lower semi-continuous, etc.
However, I am not able to do conventional ...

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506 views

### Find minimum-area ellipse which encloses two ellipses

I need an efficient algorithm to find the ellipse with the smallest possible area which encloses two given ellipses. The given ellipses are constrained to have coincident centers at the origin but can ...

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### Find minimum-area ellipse enclosing a set of ellipses, all centered at the origin

Given a set of N > 2 (two-dimensional and coplanar) ellipses, all centered at the origin, how do I find the ellipse with the minimum area which encloses all of them?
Background:
Thanks to Will Jagy ...

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**1**answer

160 views

### Find a line such that sum of perpendicular distances of points to the line is minimized

Given a set of points (column vectors) $S = \{p_1, p_2, \cdots, p_n\} \subset \Re^d$, let $A \in \Re^{n \times d}$ be a matrix of which each row is just $p_i^T$. It is easy to find a unit vector $s_1$ ...

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### Characterizing matrices with rank constraint

Given matrix $M\in\Bbb\{0,1\}^{n\times n}$, is there a nice method to characterize $$\mathscr{D}[M]=\{Q\in\Bbb\{0,1\}^{n\times n}:\mathsf{rank}(M-Q)= \mathsf{rank}(Q),\quad M-Q\in\Bbb\{0,1\}^{n\times ...

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241 views

### Programming workbooks in C++ and Research Math [closed]

I know the basics of C++ by taking a few courses and going through "C++ Primer" by Lippman. As a math graduate student, I would love to get my hands on some programming-math exercises geared towards ...

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**1**answer

51 views

### When is a convex program continuous in its constraint vectors?

Consider $$F(z)=\min ae^{-x}+b e^{-y} s.t. x\ge 0, y\ge 0\text{ and } x+y=z$$
I checked if this function is continuous, but it is not at $z=0$. $F(z)=2\sqrt{ab}e^{-z/2}$ when $z\ne 0$, and ...

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159 views

### 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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111 views

### existence of optimal control

I'm looking for an existential result in optimal control for the following class of problems:
Given $T > 0$, $\bar x, \hat x\in\mathbb R^d$, an instantaneous cost function $c:\mathbb R^d\times ...

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### Minimizing sum of functions, while keeping their values non-negative

Suppose we have data $\mathbf{x}_i$, $i\in \{1, \ldots, K\}$, and we're trying to find parameters $\hat{\mathbf{\theta}}$ such that
$$\hat{\mathbf{\theta}} = \underset{\mathbf{\theta}} ...

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### Can this equation have an explicit solution?

Given $n > 0$, $0 \leq i \leq n$ is an integer, $D = diag(d_1, \dots, d_n)$ is
positive definite, $e_i$ is the $i$th column of a $n \times n$ identity matrix, $u \in R^n$ such that $B = D + u * ...

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votes

**1**answer

72 views

### Constrained vs Unconstrained Optimization

I'm currently working on an optimization problem with a linear objective with linear and nonlinear constraints, i'm facing difficulties reaching a good solution, so i was advised to move the nonlinear ...

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### Complexity of optimizing a bi-objective function with integer constraints

I have two different objective functions, each of which can be solved optimally in polynomial time. Does this mean, I can optimize a linear combination of these objective functions in polynomial time ...

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470 views

### Bound on the sum of arguments

Problem: Show that for all real $s,t,u$ and all complex $z$ with $|z|<1$ one has
$$(*)\qquad \arg\frac{1-zf(s-u)}{1-zf(s+u)}
+\arg\frac{1-zf(t+u)}{1-zf(t-u)}<\pi,
$$
where $f$ is the ...

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**0**answers

107 views

### How to decide a value of learning rate for Stochastic Gradient Descent?

I'd like to know how to decide a value of learning rate for Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD), such as $\eta$ on the following parameter update iteration equation,
$w_{i+1} = w_i + -\eta \nabla ...

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### Convexity of a (non-symmetric) function of matrices

Let $f : H_{n\times n} (\mathbb{C}) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be the function on Hermitian, positive semidefinite matrices $f(A) = \frac{M_i (A)}{\det(A)}$ where $M_i(A)$ is the determinant of the the ...

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**1**answer

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### Analysis of first-order methods for constrained convex optimization with approximate oracles

In many first-order optimization methods an oracle is needed whose action enforces the constraint/regularizations. For example, in projected gradient descent, conditional gradient method, and proximal ...

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**1**answer

111 views

### Optimization over symmetric polynomials

Consider the following constraint satisfaction problem: Let $\alpha_1 , \ldots, \alpha_k \in \mathbb{R}$ be given as well as an error parameter $\epsilon$. Find $p_1, \ldots, p_n$ such that
(i) $0 ...

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### modern exposition of exact ground state of classical XY model or Ising model

What is the state of art technique in solving exact ground state of Heisenberg model, meaning minimization of the H terms (hamiltonian) provided infinite spin space?
...

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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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### How to solve the following generalized quadratic programming problem [closed]

I want to solve a generalized form of a quadratic programming problem
$$\min_x \left(\sqrt{x^TPx}+\sqrt{x^TQx}\right)^2+c^Tx$$,
$$\textrm{ s.t. } Ax\le b.$$ Here, $P$ and $Q$ are both positive ...

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### Specific optimization problem solution procedures

Is there a standard procedure to solve following two optimization problems?
$$\mathsf{Problem\mbox{ }I}:\mbox{ }\min_{A\in\{0,1\}^{n\times n}:rk(A)=r}\mbox{ }\max_{R,S\in\Bbb R^{n\times ...

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222 views

### Convexity of a function of matrices

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ positive-definite matrix. Let $0<\lambda _1 \leq \lambda_2 \leq \lambda _3 \ldots \leq \lambda _n$ be the eigenvalues of $A$. Let $n\geq k\geq 1$. Is the function $f(A) = ...

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**0**answers

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### Find subset of collection of sets whose intersection has minimum average value

Let $a_1,\ldots,a_n>0$, and let $S_1,\ldots,S_d\subset\{1,\ldots,n\}$ (all non-empty).
For any $I\subseteq\{1,\ldots,d\}$, define $S(I)=\bigcap_{i\in I} S_i$.
Given some $1\leq s < d$, consider ...

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### Optimization of a multilinear function over a product of hypersimplices

Let $P = \Delta_1 \times \cdots \times \Delta_N$ be the Cartesian product of $N$ hypersimplices. Let $f : P \to \mathbb{R}$ be a multilinear function of $N$ variables, ie $x_i \mapsto f(x_1, \ldots, ...

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172 views

### Finding sparsest solution of a linear system

I want to find the solution with most zero-components for the following problem:
$Ax=b$ for $A\in \mathbb{R}^{k\times n}, b \in \mathbb{R}^{k},k<n$, where $x$ is real and has no additional ...

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### non-coherent estimation problem

I have the following signals
$$\left[\begin{array}{c} y_{mn} \\ y_{nm}\end{array}\right] =\left[\begin{array}{c} x_{n} \\ x_{m}\end{array}\right]h_{nm} +\left[\begin{array}{c} e_{mn} \\ ...

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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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### Sequence transformations that are entropy invariant

Consider a collection of increasing positive integers $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^m$ and the distribution $p_i=\frac{a_i}{\sum_{i=1}^ma_i}$. Define entropy of $\mathcal{A}=\{a_i\}_{i=1}^m$
by ...

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105 views

### Limiting Entropy of deterministic sequences - 1

Consider a collection of increasing positive integers $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^m$.
Consider distribution $p_i=\frac{a_i}{\sum_{i=1}^ma_i}$. Given $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^m$, let $\mathcal{P}_{a,m}$ be distribution at ...

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### Limiting Entropy of deterministic sequences - 2

Consider a collection of increasing positive integers $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^m$ and the distribution $p_i=\frac{a_i}{\sum_{i=1}^ma_i}$. Given $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^m$, let $\mathcal{P}_a$ be limiting distribution ...

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### Entropy difference dominance of sequences

Consider a collection of positive integers $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^m$ and the distribution $p_i=\frac{a_i}{\sum_{i=1}^ma_i}$.
Similarly for the collection $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^{m+1}$ form the distribution ...

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63 views

### Maximizing a certain concave function over a non-convex set

I have been working on a problem which involves maximizing a concave function over a non convex constraint set. The problem is the following $$max. \frac{1}{2}x^TBx\\ s.t.\ x_i(1-x_i)=0,\ \ ...

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### Entropy dominance of certain restricted sequenes

Say you have positive $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^n$ and you have $p_i=\frac{a_i}{\sum_{i=1}^na_i}$, then assume you have a $C$ such that $C<2a_n\ll\sum_{i=1}^na_i$ (that is $C$ is not very large), then define ...

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**1**answer

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### Entropy dominance

Let $0<a<b<c$ be distinct positive reals.
Define four different probability distributions:
$$\mathcal{P}_{ab}:P_{a,ab}=\frac{a}{a+b}=1-P_{b,ab}$$
...

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586 views

### 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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**1**answer

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### Smooth unit vector field on a tetrahedron to interpolate vertex constraints

For a tetrahedron $T\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ with vertices $r_i\in \mathbb{R}^3$ , $i=1,\ldots,4$, and unit vectors $u_i\in \mathbb{S}^2$ at each vertex $i=1,\ldots,4$
consider the (energy) functional
...