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### Covering Number of a Positive Semidefinite Cone (Approximate the Objective of a SDP)

I was wondering what the covering number of a positive semidefinite cone is. Consider the semidefinite optimization program
\begin{align}
\max\langle \mathbf{C}, \mathbf{X} \rangle~~\text{subject to}~...

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**1**answer

47 views

### About the critical points of quasi-convex functions

What do we know about the structure of critical points of quasi-convex functions?
I am looking for statements like "the critical points of a quasi-convex function are always either a global minima ...

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### Conditions for supremum and conditional Expectation to commute

I am working with a continuous process $Y_t$ generating the filtration $(F_t)$ and have (for simplicity) two stopping times $\tau_1$ and $\tau_2$ such that $\tau_2 \leq \tau_1$ and $U:\Bbb R\...

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### Under which conditions discretization of convex\concave function is submodular?

Say, I have $f(x)$ with $x \in [0,1]$, then by discretization I mean $f(x_h)$ with $x_h \in \{0, h, 2h, \dots, 1\}$.
I know about Lovasz extension, but it works in other way: given discrete function ...

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### optimize a Quadratic Matrix Programming with multi-spherical constraints

I have got the following quadratic problem restricted on the Cartesian product of Euclidean spheres.
$\underset{X \in \mathbb{R}^{n\times 3}}{\text{min}}$ $Q(X) = \frac{1}{2} Tr(X^TA X) + Tr(B^T X)$
...

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### Optimal Control / Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equation

I face the following optimal control problem: let $X=(X_{1},X_{2})^{\top}$ be a controlled (Ito-)process with dynamics
$dX_{1}(t)=\big(X_{1}(t)\,\mu_{1} + a(t)\big)\;dt + X_{1}(t)\,\sigma_{1}\;dW_{1}(...

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**1**answer

73 views

### Optimal control / Portoflio optimization: Maximize expected utility of total consumption

I came across a portoflio optimization problem, where I need to solve for optimal investment and consumption processes, such that the expected utility of total consumption and terminal wealth is ...

**0**

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**1**answer

94 views

### Finding the right σ-algebra. Question on uncertainty related to the secretary problem

Assume a number of iid. items is presented and the task was to stop under the objective of picking the best item.
In this setting it is relevant what is the distribution of the values of the ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

34 views

### Edge-disjoint paths avoiding some subgraphs

Let $G$ be a directed graph on $n$ vertices. Let $H_1$, ..., $H_k$ be marked subgraphs of $G$. (Specifically, each $H_i$ consists of a subset of the vertices of $G$ and a subset of the edges of the ...

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**1**answer

270 views

### An inequality on the simplex involving $x^x$

Is anything known about the behavior of the function $$f(x)=\prod_{i=1}^n x_i^{x_i}$$ on the standard simplex, i.e. the set $\{x\in\mathbb{R}^n:\sum_{i=1}^n x_i=1, x_i\geq0\}$? I ask because I have ...

**1**

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74 views

### The state-transition-matrix of a physical system,

Here's a simple but potential research problem that I am learning about.
Let's say I am studying a physical system that is governed by N objects. At each time, each object is either "active" and ...

**1**

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32 views

### computational-expensive signal reconstruct - a combination problem [closed]

My problem is:
I have a time series signal (vibration signal), use BSS algorithm (Blind Source Separation, we can regard it as a black box), separate the source signal into 100 components.
Now I ...

**2**

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**1**answer

37 views

### Specific discrete system $x_n = A(n,u)\cdot x_{n-1}$ control papers

Basic discrete control theory mostly studies systems which can be represented as $x_n=A(n)x_{n-1}+B(n)u_n$.
I wonder if optimal control of specific discrete systems of the type $x_n = A(n,u)\cdot x_{...

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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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51 views

### About identifying a few diagrams

Please have a look at these beautiful seminar slides,
https://math.berkeley.edu/~bernd/coimbra1.pdf
Can someone kindly identify the algebraic description of the spectrahedron that is drawn on slide ...

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352 views

### Euler-Lagrange equations and Bellman's principle of optimality

One method to optimize the integral
$$\int_{\mathcal T} L(t,x,\dot{x}) \; dt $$
of a functional over a curve is the calculus of variations, which leads to ordinary differential equations: the Euler-...

**1**

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**0**answers

58 views

### Hessian matrix positive definiteness (concavity test) [closed]

I have a rather simple scenario based optimization problem:
Maximize
$$
Q_1{_s}(A_1{_s}-Q_1{_s}-bQ_2{_s})+ Q_2{_s}(A_2{_s}-Q_2{_s}-bQ_1{_s})-[(Q_1{_s}-K_1)^+ + (Q_2{_s}-K_2)^+]c
$$
subject to $Q_1{...

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**1**answer

138 views

### Global minimum of nonlinear least square

We have a continuous and differentiable function $f(\cdot)$ that maps from $R^n$ to $R^n$. We are trying to solve a nonlinear least square problem:
Minimize $J(x)=\Vert f(x)-z\Vert^2$
subject to box ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

129 views

### Choosing $K$ “centers” from the space of permutations

Let $\Pi$ denote the space of all permutations of $\{1,\dots,n\}$, and let $d(\cdot,\cdot)$ be a metric on $\Pi$. Suppose I am given a large integer $K$ and I have to select $K$ permutations $\pi_1,\...

**0**

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**0**answers

52 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

45 views

### On optimizing a function whose projection and projected vector go through a linear transformation

Assume the two sets of vectors $\{\mathbf{a}_1,\ldots,\mathbf{a}_N\}$ and $\{\mathbf{b}_1,\ldots,\mathbf{b}_N\}$ of equal length. My goal is to find the optimum matrix $\mathbf{C}$ to the following ...

**0**

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**0**answers

29 views

### Maximisation of a discrete linear function

I am trying to maximise the function
$$
Q=\sum_i{\alpha _{i}x_{i}}
$$
subject to the constraint
$$
W<=\sum_i{\alpha _{i}w_{i}x_{i}}
$$
By changing $\alpha _{i}$ subject to $ 0<=\alpha _{i}<=1$...

**0**

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**0**answers

65 views

### Curves in $\mathfrak{su}(n)$ with specific property

Consider a curve $\gamma_s= U_s^{\dagger} b U_s$ in $\mathfrak{su}(n)$ where $U_s$ is a smooth curve on $SU(n)$ (starting at $U_0 = \mathbb{I}$) and nonzero $b\in \mathfrak{su}(n)$ and $s \in[0,T]$ ...

**0**

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27 views

### Equivalence between multiclass SVMs, power diagrams, and constrained $k$-means

Apologies in advance for the long post:
Suppose we have a collection of points $\mathbf{p}_1,\dots,\mathbf{p}_n$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$, and we consider the following three ways of partitioning these ...

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291 views

### More general than semidefinite program?

I was TAing my convex optimization class and explaining that Linear Programs are a special case of Second Order Cone Programs, which are themselves special cases of Semidefinite Programs. My question ...

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**1**answer

301 views

### Kalman filters and stock price prediction

Could someone be so kind as to direct me to a good source that would explain time series (more specifically) stock price prediction using Kalman filters, Extended kalman filters or particle filters. ...

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91 views

### approximation of rational functions

Suppose $\hat{p}/\hat{q}$ and $p/q$ are two rational functions where $p,q,\hat{p},\hat{q}$ are of degree $n$. Suppose they satisfy that $|p(z)/q(z) - \hat{p}(z)/\hat{q}(z)| < \epsilon$ for any $z$ ...

**0**

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**1**answer

101 views

### Is the linear production game a convex game?

In cooperative game theory, the linear production game (LPG) is defined by letting the characteristic function have the form of a linear programming problem.
Does anyone know if the LPG is a convex ...

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**0**answers

19 views

### Can MDPs over functions be solved?

I understand that dynamic programs are difficult to be solved in general. However I have an MDP, for which intuitively I have a solution, I am curious to know if there is a formal approach to get a ...

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**0**answers

48 views

### Applications of systems with multiple time

A dynamical system with multiple time is an action of a group $\mathbb{Z}^d$ or $\mathbb{R}^d$ on a metric space.
I am interested in informative examples and applications of such systems. I know ...

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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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### Is there a name for this variant of the MST and the TSP?

Suppose I am given a weighted graph $G$ that contains a "start vertex" $v_0$, and my goal is to construct a set of paths that all originate at $v_0$ and touch all of the vertices of $G$, with as ...

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### Bounding the error of the optimal solution from an approximated objective

Let $f$ be a smooth convex function defined in a bounded region $X$ and its Hessian is bounded $m I \le |\frac{\partial^2 f(x)}{\partial x^2}| \le M I$ for some $M>m>0$. Let $x^*=argmin_{x\in X} ...

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**0**answers

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### Are singular critical points isolated for control systems on compact semisimple Lie groups

Given a control system on $\mathrm{SU}(n)$ (or any other compact, semi-simple Lie group I suspect) of the form:
$\frac{d U_t}{dt} = (A + w(t)B)U_t$
where $A,B \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$ generate the ...

**1**

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33 views

### 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. ...

**0**

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**1**answer

58 views

### Solving a nonlinear optimisation problem

I have the following nonlinear optimisation problem arising in my model.
$$\min \sum_{k=0}^{N-1} (\tau-t_k)^+\quad \text{ s.t. } {\mathbf{x}^\top\mathbf{w}\le W,\ \mathbf{x}\ge0}, t_k=t_{k-1}+x_k \...

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196 views

### The term for problems “like” Brachistocrone?

Is there a commonly-accepted umbrella term for infinite-dimensional calculus problems where the goal is to compute an optimal geometric path between a pair of points? Three examples of this would be ...

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131 views

### Orthogonal Procrustes problem with Absolute Values

Given a non-negative matrix $T$, how to find a orthogonal matrix $O$ minimising
$$ \left\lVert \, |O| - T \right\lVert_F,$$
where $\lVert \cdot \lVert_F$ denotes the Frobenius norm, and $| \cdot |$ ...

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**0**answers

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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 ($b_1,b_2,......

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160 views

### A path optimisation problem

Consider a graph of $n$ nodes randomly located in $[0,1]^2$. Each node moves following a path randomly chosen from the set of all possible paths. Regard nodes as attackers. A policeman seeks an ...

**0**

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**0**answers

23 views

### Maximizing modular function subject to supermodular constaint

I'm trying to solve a constrained optimization problem with submodular functions and get some nice properties of the solution. Unfortunately, I think I am in a setting where Topkis' theorem does not ...

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**1**answer

123 views

### Singular curves of affine distributions on a Lie group

Are there any results about the rigidity of singular curves of rank 1 affine distributions on a connected compact Lie group?
Specifically the case of a right invariant affine distribution: $D_{U} = \{...

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**0**answers

72 views

### Learning rule for recurrent neural network with flexible time steps

Summary: I want to train a recurrent network to output some answers, but the recurrent network is allowed to re-iterate through itself a flexible number of times for each input-output pair.
Why this ...

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**0**answers

49 views

### Attainability of Global Optima In Optimal Control

Given a manifold $M$ and a set of smooth functions of one real variable $\mathcal{A}$ and a 'control system' type first order differential equation:
$\frac{d x(t)}{dt} = F(x,u)$
one can consider the ...

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votes

**0**answers

76 views

### A (non-convex) minimization quadratic programming problem with d constraints

Minimize $0<\omega_{dd}<2$ subject to
$$\sum_{j=1}^{d}(\omega_{dj} - \omega_{ij})^{2} \geq 4, i=0,1,...,d-1,$$
where $-2<\omega_{ij}<2$ is known for $0 \leq i \leq d-1$ and $1 \leq j \leq ...

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**0**answers

101 views

### For of a special case of $Ax>=b$, are there always integer solutions?

The input consists of two integers $n\geq 2$ and $K\geq 2$, and a vector of positive integers $b$ of size $n$. We assume that $\sum_i b_i$ is a multiple of $K$.
The output is a matrix $A(n\times n)$ ...

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**2**answers

97 views

### Questions concerning convergence rate of Iterated Projections

Assume for simplicity $C_1,C_2,...,C_n\subset \mathbb{R}^m$ to be closed and convex subsets with $\underset{i=1}{\overset{n}{\bigcap{}}}C_i\neq\emptyset$.
Let $x^0\in\mathbb{R}^n$ and define the ...

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votes

**0**answers

55 views

### Singularities of the Quantum propagator (baby version)

Given $a,b \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ which are taken to generate the whole algebra, consider the following map $V:\mathbb{R}^{2} \rightarrow SU(4)$:
$V : (w_1, w_{2}) \mapsto e^{(a+w_2 b)} e^{(a+w_1 b)}$
...

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75 views

### Fréchet differentiability of functional defined by a integral [closed]

I want to prove that if the functional $I: \mathcal{C}^1[t_0,t_f] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by
$$
I(x) = \int_{t_0}^{t_f} F(x, \dot{x},t)\,dt
$$
is Fréchet differentiable if $F$ is ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

80 views

### About optimizing a convex function on a hypercube

Given a real valued convex function $g$ on $[-1,1]^n$, let $f$ be the restriction of it on the hypercube $\{-1,1\}^n$. I want to find a vertex on the hypercube $\{-1,1\}^n$ on which either (1) $f$ ...