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

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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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### 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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137 views

### 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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77 views

### 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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156 views

### 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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145 views

### 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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138 views

### Quadratic optimization with parameter in constraint

Disclaimer: I posted the same question on math.stackexchange. However, the FAQ suggests to post research-level questions in this forum.
Question: Given a function $q: \mathbb R^{N\times N}\mapsto ...

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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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63 views

### 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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129 views

### 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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120 views

### Recovering a partition from spectral properties of the graph Laplacian

Let $G$ be a weighted graph with vertices $V$. Let $W$ be its real-valued, non-negative, $|V|\times|V|$ adjacency/affinity matrix. Let $L = \mathrm{diag}(W\mathbf1)-W$ be the (unnormalized) graph ...

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21 views

### 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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57 views

### 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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36 views

### 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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44 views

### 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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### 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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36 views

### 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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77 views

### 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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### 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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### What is the best way to optimize this matrix equation

What is the best way to optimize this Procrustes like formulation:
$\min\quad\|AX-B\|^2_{\rm F} + \|X^Tc\|^2,$
s.t. $X^TX = I$
Here A and B are $n \times p$ matrices and $c$ is a $p \times 1$ ...

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### weakly Complementary slackness

Suppose we have a general pair of primal-dual semidefinite programming and strong duality holds.
What does mean the term "weakly Complementary slackness condition" in optimality?

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### Modifying a QP to incorporate more constraints

Consider the following problem:
$$\min \sum_{i=1}^n (Y_i - Z^{(i)})^2 \\
\text{subjected to}~ \epsilon_k^{\top}(X_j-X_k) \leq Z^{(j)}-Z^{(k)} ~ \forall k,j = 1 \ldots n. $$
where $\epsilon_1, ...

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### What is the sufficient condition for a “strict local optimal point” to be “isolated local optimal point”(or strong local optimal point)?

I encountered a case that seems obvious that the local optimal point are isolated, yet I can only prove the local optimal points are strict rather than isolated.
I know under certain peculiar ...

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### Big eigenvalues of a special stochastic matrix

Given a matrix $M$ of size $n\times n,$ we write its different eigenvalues by $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_m$ with $m\leq n$ such that $|x_1|>|x_2|>|x_3|>\cdots|x_m|,$ and call $x_2\doteq ...

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### functional maximization

Define a functional space of functions of the form $F(t)=p_1 exp^{-\mu_1(\delta-t)}+p'_1 (1-exp^{-\mu_1(\delta-t)}))$. $p_1,p'_1,\delta,\mu$ are parameters in [0,1] and trivially, variation of these ...

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### Minimizing inside a spherical uncertainty region

I am trying to figure out how to solve:
$\min_U r_{p}$
where $r_{p}=\alpha^\intercal\omega$ and $U$ is a sphere centered at $\alpha$ with radius equal to $\chi|\alpha|$ . ( $\omega$ is a vector or ...