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**1**answer

958 views

### Choice of Lipschitz constant for proximal gradient optimization

I'm trying to use proximal gradient methods (Forward-Backwards Splitting and FISTA) to minimize a function
$f(B) = \frac{1}{2}|| XB - Y||_F^2 + \frac{\gamma}{2}||B C^T||_F^2$, where $X \in ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### An S-lemma for polynomials of degree 4 in three variables

Might the following be true:
Let $p,q\in\mathbb{R}[x,y,z]$ be homogeneous polynomials, with $\deg(p)\leq 4$ and $\deg(q)= 2$. Suppose $q(x,y,z)>0$ for some $x,y,z\in\mathbb{R}$. Then the ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Stochastic optimal control with no diffusion

Classical stochastic optimal control problem is to minimize functional
$$
J(u) = \mathbf E \int_0^T f(t,x_t,u_t)dt,
\tag{1}
$$
subject to SDE
$$
dx_t = b(t,x_t,u_t)dt + \sigma(t,x_t,u_t)dW_t, \quad ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

326 views

### Can you maximize the spectral norm of a matrix in a semidefinite program?

Consider the following optimization problem: Maximize $||X||$, subject to $X$ being Hermitian (or symmetric, if you prefer) and a bunch of semidefinite constraints on $X$. I want to know if this can ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

151 views

### Honeycomb-type properties of the Delaunay triangulation and Voronoi diagram

Suppose I'd like to distribute a set of points $P=\lbrace p_1 ,\dots, p_n \rbrace$ in the unit square $S=[0,1]\times[0,1]$ to minimize a weighted sum of two things:
1) The average distance between a ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

285 views

### relation between solution of a linear program and its perturbation

I have a linear program over a finite set of points $(x_1, x_2,\ldots, x_m)\in\mathbb{R}^n$:
$$
\max_j c' x_j
$$
Suppose the solution of this LP is obtained at a point $x_{j_1}$, which is a vertex ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

979 views

### When do maximum and expectation commute?

Hi, I'm looking for conditions on $G(t,x)$ such that
$$
\sup\limits_{t\in [0,1]}E[G(t,X)]=E[\sup\limits_{t\in [0,1]}G(t,X)]
$$
where $X$ is a random variable (it's easy to see that $\sup\limits_{t\in ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

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### Worst-case nearest-neighbor distances between regions

Suppose that $S_1,\dots,S_n$ is a collection of disjoint shapes in the plane, and let $\mathcal{X}$ denote the set of all $n$-tuples of points $\lbrace x_1,\dots,x_n\rbrace$ such that $x_i\in S_i$ for ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Reference Request (semidefinite relaxation)

Considering the semidefinite relaxation technique where a quadratic program is relaxed by the full-rank semidefinite programming. This is, $x^TQx$ now reads as Tr$(XQ)$ without any rank constraint in ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

205 views

### Best constant in a convex polynomial inequality.

Let $\phi(x)$ be a convex polynomial of degree $m$ at least two. Note that for $x,q \in \mathbb{R}$
$$\phi(x) + \phi(q) - 2\phi(\frac{x+q}{2}) =
...

**6**

votes

**4**answers

644 views

### solving Lyapunov-like equation

The following matrix equation might be a Lyapunov-like equation, but it seems hard for me to develop a simpler way to solve it. From the computation effort, I need some help for solving the special ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

528 views

### Gandhi's quote formalized [closed]

Hello,
I hope this question is appropriate for Mathoverflow. Gandhi said, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world". I don't understand anything in Game/optimization theory (I don't know ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

163 views

### (probably simple) optimization question

Suppose you have a concave function defined over a non-polyhedral convex cone and you are interested in the infimum. What would be standard approaches to tackle the question? (The cone is actually PSD ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

109 views

### LP/QP with not-so-constant linear constaints

I have an otherwise standard LP or PSD QP problem as below:
$\min\limits_x {c}' x$ subject to $Ax\leq b$
or
$\min\limits_x \frac{1}{2}{x}' Qx + {c}' x$ subject to $Ax\leq b$
the only exception ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

175 views

### A Function with Exactly $k$ Minima in a Bounded Space

Is it possible to have a function with the following properties?
(i) The function maps a bounded $n$-dimensional space $\mathcal{X}$ (say $\left[0,1\right]^n$) onto a bounded interval $\mathcal{Y}$ ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

484 views

### Solutions to Heat Equations with Obstacles!

Consider a closed Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ and a positive function $\psi: M \to R$. Fix a point $p \in M$, I have been struggling to construct a solution to the heat equation, $\partial_t u = ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

220 views

### Minimizing action squared versus action

I have a very basic question in the calculus of variations:
Suppose I want to minimize the functional
$$A[r, r'] = \int_\Omega L(r, r') dx $$
When is it possible to say that extremals of $A$ agree ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

3k views

### “You can't push a rope”

"You can't push a rope" is a wisdom saying that some engineering teachers pass along to their students. Since I'm not an engineer, I can only guess at what they mean, but it sounds to me like code ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

282 views

### Going in the direction of the gradient

First, a motivating example. Suppose $f(x)$ is convex, differentiable, with a single minimum $x^*$.
Then the differential equation $$\dot{x}(t) = -\nabla f(x(t))$$ drives $x(t)$ to $x^*$.
Now my ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

130 views

### Convexified threshold of a function

Upd. The question in a nutshell: find convex set on plane which is «closest» to a given non-convex set.
It is given integrable function $0\leq f(x,y)\leq 1$ with bounded support: $f(x,y)=0$ when ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

223 views

### A Lagrangian problem with a countable family of local extrema ?

Dear MO contributors,
let $r > 0, L > 0$. I am interested in maximizing the integral:
$$
\int_0^{2\pi} \frac{f(\alpha)^2 f'(\alpha)^2}{\sqrt{f(\alpha)^2 + f'(\alpha)^2}} \ \mathrm{d} \alpha
$$
...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

143 views

### Differentiability of minimax objective function with respect to a decision variable

I have the following optimization problem:
$$\text{find } x= \min_{a} \max_{\lambda\in\Lambda} |R(h\lambda)|$$
where $\Lambda$ is some finite, fixed set of complex numbers and $R(z)$ is a ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

209 views

### Equitable division of a contiguous resource

I have come across the following result regarding equitable division of a resource, which is a simple and immediate consequence of linear programming complementarity (in the infinite-dimensional ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

280 views

### Geometric applications of Ekeland's variational principle

I'm looking for geometric applications of Ekeland's variational principle in order to see it at work in a context I'm familiar with. Let me recall the principle itself:
Definition. Let $(X,d)$ be a ...

**11**

votes

**3**answers

484 views

### finding the most-isolated point in a high-dimensional cube

I have a set of points {$x_1,\ldots,x_n$} located in the d-dimensional unit cube $[0,1]^d$. $n$ is about 1000 and $d$ is about 25. I'd like to find
$\max_{\omega\in [0,1]^d}\min_{i=1,\ldots,n} ...

**1**

vote

**3**answers

2k views

### How to get the largest subset of a set of sets of intervals with no overlapping intervals

Given: Set of Set of Intervals. Example {{(1,2), (3,4)}, {(1, 3)}, {(13,14)}}
Wanted Result: Largest Subset, in which no Interval overlaps with another from every Set pairwise.
Example:
Input ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

326 views

### My overdetermined linear system gives both bad and good estimates. Why ?

Hello to everyone.
What the question means is that different ways of
expressing the same relation between the data and unknown variables produce
really weird fit results:
The problem:
I have the ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

249 views

### Is it known that every PDF continuous in all $R^n$ has a maximum? [closed]

I'm working with maximum a posteriori estimation and managed to show that every probability density function that is continuous in all $R^n$ always has at least one global maximum. I've search around ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

267 views

### Network flows with capacities on pairs of edges

Take a standard network flow problem: a directed graph with nonnegative capacities on each edge, a source $s$, a sink $t$. We all know how to find the maximum flow from $s$ to $t$.
Now add edge-pair ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

138 views

### Nonlinearly constrained optimization (quadratic)

Hi all -- what would be good methods (and/or software packages) to try for solving a problem minimizing a quadratic function $f(x) = \sum_{i=1}^N{(x_i - y_i)^2}$, where some constraints are non-linear ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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### Proving that a constructed curve solves an optimization problem

Caveat up-front: I'm not a mathematician, so please excuse any stupidity/ignorance that follows. First, let me explain what I'm trying to do: I want to choose a function that maximizes the following ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Optimization problem arising from the study of zeta zeros

Motivation: The following problem arose in [1] while studying the vertical distribution of the zeros of the Riemann zeta-function. At the time, my collaborators and I were unable to solve it and I ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

235 views

### An optimization involving (random) graphs

Suppose we have a graph on $n$ nodes. We would like to assign to each node either a $+1$ or a $-1$. Call this a configuration $\sigma \in \{+1,-1\}^n$. The number of $+1$s that we have to assign is ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

175 views

### Covering max flow arcs by arc disjoint paths

Let $(N,A,s,t,u)$ be a network with node set $N$, arc set $A$, source $s\in N$, sink $t\in N$ and capacity vector $u\in\{1,2,\ldots,T\}^A$, and let $x=(x_a)_{a\in A}$ be a maximum $(s,t)$-flow. Is it ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

200 views

### Copositive matrix?

I want to check under what conditions a matrix of the form $\alpha J -Q$ is copositive, where $J$ is the all-ones matrix and $Q$ is doubly nonegative (i.e. entrywise nonnegative and positive ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

167 views

### Lipshitz Constant of the convex extension of a submodular function

The title says it all :)
Given a submodular function (take the rank function of a matroid, for a concrete example) $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, we can extend it to a convex function ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

264 views

### A question regarding Danskin's theorem

Suppose $\phi({\bf x},{\bf z})$ is a continuous function of two arguments,
$\phi: {\mathbb R}^N \times Z \rightarrow {\mathbb R}$,
where $Z \subset {\mathbb R}^m$ is a (non-empty) compact convex ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

233 views

### Constrained Optimization: Matrix Inverse in Objective/Constraints?

Made a crucial mistake in the problem formulation; please delete.

**7**

votes

**2**answers

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### Eigencircles of n x n matrices?

An eigenvalue of a 2 x 2 matrix satisfies the equation
$$ \left(\begin{array}{cc} a & b \\\\ c & d \end{array} \right)\left( \begin{array}{c} x \\\\ y \end{array}\right) = \lambda \left( ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

208 views

### f_n(x,p) converge uniformly to nice f(x,p); do zeros of f_n(.,p) converge uniformly to zeros of f(.,p)?

Fix compact intervals $X, P \subseteq \mathbb{R}$.
Let $f_n : X \times P \to \mathbb{R}$ be a sequence of $C^2$ functions converging uniformly to a $C^2$ function $f$. The first and second ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

242 views

### Solving a QCQP problem with sparse regularization

I want to solve the follong QCQP problem:
$$
\mbox{Minimize}\quad\beta^TA\beta+\mu\Omega(\beta)$$
$$
\mbox{s.t.}\quad\beta^TB\beta=1 \quad\mbox{and}\quad\beta\ge0
$$
where $A$ and $B$ are both ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

424 views

### Sherali-Adams relaxation

I am trying to find a book or a paper, which explains, how and why the Sherali-Adams relaxation method works. The original paper (1990) is difficult for me to understand. I need a more basic ...

**0**

votes

**3**answers

980 views

### Solving a non-convex quadratically constrained quadratic program

I have the following quadratic optimization problem: $\min_{\vec{x}} |\vec{x}|^2$ subject to $\vec{x}^T G_j \vec{x} \geq 1$, $j = 1 \ldots m$, where the $G_j$ are positive semidefinite. $|\vec{x}|$ is ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

350 views

### More general form of inequality?

I have proved a simple Lemma that I need for a larger result, and I was wondering whether it is actually another more famous result in disguise.
The lemma says that for any set of vectors in ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

150 views

### stochastic control / geometric mean

Consider the following problem:
Given $\Omega$ and $U$ two symmetric definite positive matrices, choose a matrix $K$ to minimize the expectation $x' \Omega x + x'K'UKx$ when $x$ follows the invariant ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

142 views

### Maximizing positive definite quadratic using the eigendecompoisition

Consider the problem:
$\textrm{max}\;\; x^T Q x$
subject to $||x||_\infty \leq 1$, where $Q$ is a positive definite matrix.
I believe this problem is NP-hard (although I have only found hardness ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

363 views

### conjugate function for matrix mixed norm

I am familiar with the conjugate function of the vector norm, which uses the concept of dual norm and is defined as follows:
...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

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### Matrix conditions under which spectral radius is smaller than 1?

Hello everyone,
I would like to find out which conditions are necessary so that the spectral radius $\rho(M)<1$ where $M$ represents the following matrix:
$M = \left( \begin{array}{ccc}
W & 0 ...

**8**

votes

**5**answers

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### Is that true all the convex optimization problems can be solved in polynomial time using interior-point algorithms

Just a new guy in optimization. Is that true all the convex optimization problems can be solved in polynomial time using interior-point algorithms?