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### An optimization in Markov Chain

We are given two correlated random variables $V$ and $X$ supported over a finite alphabets $\mathcal{V}$ and $\mathcal{X}$. Suppose the marginal $P_V$ and conditional distribution $P_{X|V}$ are ...

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**1**answer

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### Supremum in a Markov chain model

A Markov chain $X$ with finite state space $\{1,2,\cdots,N\}$ is defined on a probability space $(\Omega, P, \mathcal{F})$ equiped with filtration $\{\mathcal{F}_t\}$. And we assume that we can reach ...

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Let $C$ denote a compact, convex region in the plane containing the origin with unit area, and let $f$ be a probability distribution on $C$. Let $f^\ast$ denote the distribution that maximizes the ...

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### Moreau-Yosida regularization in Banach spaces

For a seminar I am working on a Moreau-Yosida regularization in Banach spaces.
The regularization is defined by
$$f_\lambda(x) := \inf \left \{ \frac{\|x-y\|^2}{2\lambda} +f(y) : y \in X \right \}, ...

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### Discrete Optimal Control and Monotone Policies

Let $x = (x_1,x_2) \in \mathbb{N}^2$ be the state, $u$ be the control, and the dynamics be given by $x^{(k+1)} = f(x^{(k)}, u^{(k)}, w^{(k)})$ where $w^{(k)}$ is an IID noise source. For some stage ...

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I was reading about the Kalman filter and I do not understand how it should be used when our measurements have a long term offset like GPS location updates do.
As I understand, the Kalman filter ...

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### Continuity of minimizer of a function with respect to another variable

Suppose the real function $f(w,X)=wg(X)+h(X)$ ($g$ and $h$ are other functions) is differentiable with respect to scalar $w$ and vector $X \in \mathbf{R}^m$ everywhere and $f$ is bounded below. What ...

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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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### Optimization problem on trace of rotated positive definite matrices

Given two $n \times n$ symmetric positive definite matrices $A$ and $B$, I am interested in solving the following optimization problem over $n \times n$ unitary matrices $R$:
$$
\mathrm{arg}\max_R ...

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I am a PhD student and I have to address the optimization of a real scalar function of complex variables $f(z_1,z_2,\ldots,z_n)$. The function is real valued in my case because each complex $z_i$ ...

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### Generalized Moore Graphs

A generalized Moore graph - as defined by Cerf, Cowan, Mullin and Stanton - is one for which the girth G and diameter D satisfy G ≥ 2D - 1. These graphs retain many of the optimal properties of Moore ...

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There is a problem that I can not solve.
Given a set of items (each item has some integer weight) we have to fill bag with some number of copies of these items, with the only restriction that the ...

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### Fast algorithm for maximizing smallest eigenvalue of linear combination of hermitian matrices

I have an engineering back ground. Due to work, I came across this problem
\begin{align}
&\max_{\lambda,y_i\in \mathbb{R}}~\lambda \\\
...

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votes

**1**answer

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### About the suboptimality of linear estimators

Let $X$ be a random variable and $N$ a Gaussian noise independent from $X$. We observe $Y=X+N$ and want to estimate $X$ based on $Y$ to minimize the mean square error $mmse(X|Y):=E(\hat X(Y)-X)^2$.
...

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### Maximum Principle with Banach Control Space

This is a problem that seems very natural to me, but I couldn't find any formal statement in the literature for some time now. I am basically considering an autonomous optimal control problem in ...

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### If $\phi_n$ is a sequence of mollifier converging to the identity, does $\inf f\ast \phi_n \to \inf f$?

Let $\phi_n$ be a sequence of mollifier converging to the identity
$$
\phi_n(x) \to \delta_{0}(x), \text{pointwise},
$$
with $\delta_{0}(\cdot)$ the delta function at zero, and $\phi_n \in ...

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### More than controlability: Speed of controllability!

Consider the continuous linear time-invariant system
$$
\begin{array}{l}
\dot{\mathbf{x}}(t) = A \mathbf{x}(t) + B \mathbf{u}(t)\\
\mathbf{y}(t) = C \mathbf{x}(t) + D \mathbf{u}(t)
...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

659 views

### eigen-decomposition solution? is it unique?

Assume an N*N covariance matrix (Q) which is a positive definite matrix. The decoder X is assumed to be N*s, where s<=N. X is calculated to be s eigenvectors corresponding to s minimum eigenvalues. ...

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### An optimization problem over real symmetric matrices

Given an $n\times s$ matrix $P$ of positive real numbers and $T\geq n$, find (either by a formula or an algorithm) the real symmetric $n\times n$ Z-matrix $A$ which maximizes $\min\limits_{1\leq ...

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**1**answer

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### Upper bounds on the worst-case traveling salesman tours in the unit square

The paper [1] proves that, if we place $N$ points in the unit square, then the length $\ell$ of the euclidean TSP tour of those points must satisfy $$\ell \leq \sqrt{2N} + 7/4~~.$$ I'm wondering, can ...

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### optimization over positive semidefinite matrices

I wonder what is the most explicit characterization that can be given for the solution to the ($N$-dimensional) problem of maximizing the criterion
$$
-\textrm{trace}[AS^{-1}] - b^\top Sb
$$
over ...

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**1**answer

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### A kind of economic objective function in assignment

I recently thought about a concept that seems like it should come up in economics, but I don't know if there's a name for it and where people would have encountered it elsewhere: Suppose we have a ...

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### Stability of a stable systems with a converging input

Does the following hold?
Let $x=0$ be an equilibrium point for the system $\dot x(t)=f(x(t))$ and suppose the existence and uniqueness conditions of solutions on $[t_0, +\infty)$ are satisfied. If ...

**1**

vote

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### On impulsive optimal control with functions of not bounded variation

I have the following optimal control problem
$$
J=\int_0^TF(t,y_1(t),y_2(t))dt \to \min,
$$
subject to
\begin{align}
&\dot y_1(t) = f(t,y_1(t),y_2(t)) + g(t)\nu(t),\\
&\dot y_2(t) = ...

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votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**1**

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**1**answer

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### Semi Definite Relaxation for a Quadratic Feasibility Problem using CVX

Consider the following Semi-Definite Feasibility problem
\begin{align}
\max_{\mathbf{Z}}~0 \\\
\mathrm{trace}(\mathbf{Z})\leq \rho \\\
\mathrm{trace}(\mathbf{S}_1\mathbf{Z}) \geq \alpha \\\
...

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**1**answer

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### Explicit formula for an LMI solution

Suppose we have a linear matrix inequality (aka LMI aka spectahedron aka linear matrix pencil):
$$A_{0}+x_{1}A_{1}+x_{2}A_{2}+\ldots+x_{m}A_{m} \succeq 0.$$
(The notation $X \succeq Y$ means that ...

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### A NICE necessary and sufficient condition on positive semi-definiteness of a matrix with a special structure!

Let
$$
A =
\begin{pmatrix}
\sum_{j\ne 1}a_{1j} & -a_{12} & \cdots & -a_{1n}\\
-a_{21} & \sum_{j\ne 2}a_{2j} & \cdots & -a_{2n}\\
\vdots & \vdots & \ddots & ...

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votes

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### A certain type of constrained Rayleigh-Ritz ratio

Let $\mathbf{A_1}$ and $\mathbf{A_2}$ be two hermitian matrices. Consider the problem
\begin{align}
\max_{\mathbf{u}^H\mathbf{u}=1}~\mathbf{u}^H\mathbf{A}_1\mathbf{u} \\\
...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### Anyone has Kushner's book “Introduction to stochastic control” 1971? I need a theorem from it

In a paper I'm reading, it refers to Theorem 8, Page 217 of the book
"Introduction to Stochastic Control" H. J. Kushner, New York: Holt, Reinhart, and Winston 1971. Unfortunately I don't have it and ...

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### Copositivity in matrix pencils

Given two square symmetric matrices $A,B$ of the same order, the matrix pencil $P(A,B)$ is the set of linear combinations of $A$ and $B$. Finsler's theorem gives an elegant criterion for $P(A,B)$ to ...

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### Are there some numerical test to check if a map is a contraction?

Let's say I have a multivariate function
$$
f:D \to D, D \subset \mathbb R ^n, D \text{ compact},
$$
for which there is no closed form.
That is the only way to evaluate the function is to do it ...

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votes

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### minimize a cost function with matrix traces

Hi, I have a cost function of the form
$$F(X) = \operatorname{tr}(X'AX)+\operatorname{tr}(X'B),\quad\textrm{ s.t. }X'X=I.$$
$X$ is a $m\times n$ matrix, ($m>n$), with orthonormal columns. $A$ is ...

**-1**

votes

**1**answer

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### Regularized Gradient with respect to a matrix (with a specific structure)

Suppose we have a typical logdet function $\mathcal{L}$
$$
\mathcal{L} = \log\vert \mathbf{I} + \mathbf{A}\mathbf{S} \vert - \mathbf{q}^T(\mathbf{A}^{-1} + \mathbf{S})^{-1} \mathbf{q},
$$
where ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Delta-convex functions and inner products

A delta-convex (d.c.) function is one which can be written as the difference of two convex functions.
The space of d.c. functions includes all C2 functions, and is interesting because it allows many ...

**2**

votes

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### Tools for “infinite-dimensional linear programming”

I was wondering, whether you could point me to some tools with which I could tackle the following "infinite-dimensional linear programming" problem:
Notation:
$a=1,2,\ldots, A$, ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### solve non-convex quadratic constrained quadratic programming

$\min_{\beta}\beta^{T} A \beta$
$s.t. \ \beta^{T} C \beta=1\ and\ \beta\geqslant 0$
Here $A,C\in \mathbb{R}^{M\times M}$, $\beta \in \mathbb{R}^{M}$
I saw in one paper saying that it could be ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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### How to maximize the determinant of a matrix of the form VDV^H

Hi,
I have a matrix of the form $A=VDV^H$,
where $V$ is a $M \times 2M$ complex matrix, $D$ is a $2M \times 2M$ diagonal real matrix, thus the dimension of $A$ is $M \times M$.
My problem is how ...

**1**

vote

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### On a version of gradient descent

I am trying to read this paper and have gotten stuck. The author considers the problem of minimizing a convex function whose gradient has Lipschitz constant $M$ and considers the scheme
$$ x(t+1) = ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### To what equal constant in the Gibbs lemma

The Gibbs lemma is broadly used in games theory and in mathematical economics (optimal distributions of resourses, Cournot competition e.t.c.). Here it is:
Lemma (Gibbs). $f_1,f_2,\ldots,f_n$ be ...

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### A detail in the proof of the Motzkin-Straus theorem

The Motzkin-Straus theorem says that the global optimum of the quadratic program
$$\max f(x)=\frac{1}{2} x^{t}Ax,\qquad \mbox{ subject to }\sum x_{i}=1 \mbox{ and } x_{i}\geq 0,$$ where $A$ is the ...

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votes

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### Optimal inspection path on a sphere

Suppose you would like to "inspect" every point of a unit-radius
sphere $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ by walking along a path $\gamma$
on $S$, but you can only see a distance $d$ from where you stand.
...

**0**

votes

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### A tricky optimization problem over matrices

Hi
I have the following problem whose solution has lured me for some months now....
All matrices are complex $N\times N$.
Let $A$ be a positive definite matrix with all eigenvalues strictly smaller ...

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vote

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### null controllability of linear wave equation

Consider the linear wave equation :
$$z_{tt}=\Delta z + k(x) z + h(t) , \; in \; \Omega\times (0,T)$$
Are there sufficient conditions on the functions $k(x)$ and $h(t)$ for which $(z,z_t)$ vanish ...

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### Incremental minimum spanning tree

Given a connected graph $G=(V,E)$ with a weight function $w:E\to\mathbb{R}$ and a subset $E_0\subseteq E$ such that the subgraph $(V,E_0)$ is connected, I am looking for a sequence $E_0\subseteq ...

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votes

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### A Conjecture related to minimization of product of determinants over permutations

Hi
I have the following problem (and a conjecture which holds in Matlab).
Given an $N\times N$ matrix $H$, represent it by its $2N\times 2N$ real-valued representation (which I will also denote by ...

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votes

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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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### strong stability for the wave equation

Consider the $n-$dimensional wave equation
$$z_{tt}=\Delta z + k(x) z - \epsilon {1}_\omega z_t, \; in \; \Omega\times (0,T)$$
where $\omega\subset \Omega.$ Can I have $z(t) \to 0,$ as $t\to+\infty$ ...

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### Compactness of the set of solutions to an ODE

I am interested in optimal control problems with state constraints in the form of
ordinary differential equations given by
$\dot{x} = f(x,p), \quad t \in [0,T], \quad x(0) = x_{0}, \quad p \in K$,
...

**0**

votes

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### Representation of all pass transfer functions/inner functions as Blaschke product.

What is the proof for: 'An all pass transfer function/inner function can be represented by a Blaschke Product' ?