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Quadratic Farkas' Lemma?

The Farkas Lemma says that if a system of linear inequalities implies yet another linear inequality, then this last inequality can be obtained by taking a positive linear combination of the ...
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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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Solve equation with matrix variable

I want to solve a matrix $\Omega$ from a equation $\sum_k (\Omega + \Theta_k)^{-1} = Q$. The $Q$ and $\Theta, \forall k=1...K$ are known, and are positive definite matrices. $\Omega$ also has to be ...
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Simultaneous maximization of two Generalized Rayleigh Ritz Ratios

Consider hermitian positive semi-definite matrices $A_1$ and $A_2$. Consider also positive definite matrices $B_1$ and $B_2$. I want to maximize the minimum of the two Generalized Rayleigh Ritz ratios ...
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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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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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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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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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The average number of people that can sit on a bench of a given length.

Let me explain what I mean: The width of the average person varies, perhaps with a normal distribution. Given a specific variance, how many people (on average) can sit side-by-side on a bench of a ...
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Constraint optimization problem for any dimensionality $n>1$.

I am going to post a particular example for the sake of clarity. One needs to maximize a real function $F = a_1a_2 + a_2a_3 + \cdots + a_{n - > 1}a_n + a_na_1;$ with active ...
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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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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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Conjugate gradient algorithm where first search direction is not equal to residual

In usual formulation of conjugate gradient algorithm initial search direction is taken to be the residual (so residual and search direction spans Krylov subspace). However, in cases where inexact ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does Quadratic Programming get easier when it's described by a diagonal matrix?

Generally, Quadratic Programming solves the problem $$\text{Given }Q, c, A, b,\text{ choose }x \text{ to maximize } x^TQx + c^Tx \text{ subject to } Ax \le b$$ In this form, Quadratic Programming is ...
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product of variables in objective function

Hi there, I'm looking for a solver that allows me to solve an optimization problem of the form min x1*x2*x3,...,xn subject to some linear constraints. I've used gurobi before, however I couldn't find ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Convex optimization problem to QPP

Briefly, have the following problem: \begin{equation} \sum_{i = 0}^n a_i \ (max [ F_i( \bar x ), 0 ] )^2 \rightarrow min, \\\\ s.t.\\\\ A \bar x \leq b \end{equation} where $ F( \bar x ) $ is a ...
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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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A geometric optimization problem: is this non-convex? [closed]

If both the two angles $\angle DAB = \angle CBD = \dfrac{\pi}{6}$ , $C$ is a moving point on the radial $BC$, and $\beta\in\left(0,\dfrac{\pi}{3}\right)$ (see Figure below). Suppose $D$ is always ...
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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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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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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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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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A certain type of quadratic problem.

I am interested in solving the following equality constrained quadratic (?) problem. \begin{align} \min_{u^{H}u=1}~(u^{H}A_1u) \\\ s.t.~ u^{H}A_2u=0 \end{align} $A_1$ and $A_2$ are $N\times N$ ...
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Nonlinear matrix equation 2

Solve the following nonlinear equations for $v$ and $w$ $Avv^TAw+Bvv^TBw=\lambda_1v+\lambda_2w$ $Aww^TAv+Bww^TBv=\lambda_1w+\lambda_2v$ $v^Tw=w^Tv=0$ $v^Tv=w^Tw=1$ where $\lambda_1, \lambda_2, ...
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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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minimization of a function when the feasible set is an unbounded cone

I have the following semi-infinite programming problem: I need to minimize a strictly convex real-valued function $f:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ subject to infinite linear constraints. I know in advance ...
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minimum distance between sets and relation with functions [on hold]

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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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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k-means type clustering of binary data, under capacity constraints per cluster. Proof of NP-hardness?

Suppose you are given a set of $I$ binary vectors in ${\mathbb R}^N$, a number of clusters $k$, and positive integers $\{ c_i \}_{i=1}^k$ where $\sum_{i=1}^k c_i = I$. I am interested in finding a ...
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Optimization with differential inequality constraint

Consider the closed set $[t_1,t_2]⊂R_{>0}$ and $V(t):[t1,t2]→R_{>0}$ being a continuous and piecewise continuously differentiable function. We want to find a continuously differentiable function ...
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Minimum of a real-valued function of multiple variables

Suppose we are given two functions $$\phi(x) = \frac{\sigma^2}{2\mu^2} \left(1 - e^{-(2\mu/\sigma^2)x}\right) - \frac{x}{\mu},x\in \mathbb R$$ and $$g_0(x) = \frac{\sigma^6}{4\mu^4} ...