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### Fractals as solution to optimization problem?

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**1**answer

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For scalar variables $x$, we have a simple solution for the following problem.
\begin{eqnarray}
\min_x&&\alpha(x-a)^2+\beta(x-b)^2 \\\
\mathrm{s.t. }&&x\leq a\\\
...

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**1**answer

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The following unusual optimization problem came up and I don't know where to begin:
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S = \sum_{r = 1}^n \frac{1}{x_1 + \dots + x_r}
$$
...

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**2**answers

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I faced to a bit weird control problem, that is minimize cost functional
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subject to
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**0**answers

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**1**answer

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This question got no answer or comments on Math Stackexchange:
http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/104114/is-the-following-function-convex-cap
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**0**answers

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**3**

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**1**answer

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Suppose you have a complete graph with N vertexes, with a distinguished vertex $n=1$ ("start"), and you wish to find a route traveling exactly once through each vertex so that the distance along the ...

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**1**answer

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I have a polynomial:
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Given some values for $c_0 \dots c_n$, I'd like to choose the maximizing values for $x_1 ...

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**2**answers

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Let's begin with a few observations. Suppose we consider the set of $N\times N$ matrices and consider the matrices with positive determinant. There are several connected components in this set; let ...

**0**

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**0**answers

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I am trying to fit points of an ellipse to my model using pseudoinverse technique described in this paper (it's in section 4.1). I'm sure that my understanding is wrong, please, could you give me ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

271 views

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Dear all,
I've got a SDP problem as follows:
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**4**

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**2**answers

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### Lagrangian duality

Suppose we have a primal problem
$
\min_x f(x), s.t. h_i(x)=0,
$
where $h_i$ are all affine, and $f$ is convex.
Then its Lagrangian is
$\min_x \max_{z_i} f(x) + \sum_i z_i h_i(x)$
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**1**

vote

**1**answer

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Consider the following integral
$ \int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \left( \sqrt{y(x)^2 + y'(x)^2} \left( \ln \left( \frac{\sin(x)}{1 -\cos(x)} \right) + \frac{\pi}{2} \right) + \frac{\pi}{2} y'(x) + 1 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

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### Maximise $L^q$ norm of a vector, for fixed $L^1$ and fixed $L^p$ norms [closed]

Consider a vector $x \in \mathbb R_+^n$ and $p,q \in \mathbb R$ such that
$1 < p < q$
We fix $\sum \limits_{i=1}^{n}|x_i| = 1$ and $ \left(\sum \limits_{i=1}^{n}|x_i|^p \right)^\frac{1}{p} = ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

256 views

### Minimizing ellipsoid over intersection of ellipsoids

Let's say I want to minimize a quadratic form $\sum_{j=1}^n c_jx_j^2$ (all $c_j$ are positive constants), which corresponds to an $n$ dimensional ellipsoid, over the outer part of the intersection of ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

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### Partial feedback linearization (Control theory)

Greetings,
I'm trying to understand a theorem about partial feedback linearization from a paper "On the largest feedback linearizable subsystem" by R.Marino (you can find it here: ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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Many network optimization algorithms, including shortest path, push-relabel, augmenting path, etc, actually have an interpretation in terms of linear programming.
A famous application of semidefinite ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

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### Minimum time planar paths under a bound on magnitude of acceleration

On a plane, given initial position (x1,y1), initial velocity (u1,v1), final position (x2,y2), and final velocity (u2,v2), compute the solution to x''= cos(z), y''=sin(z) that has these endpoint ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

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I came across this issue while trying to combine multiple probability distributions into a single distribution which approximates them all simultaneously. This boils down to maximizing this expression
...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### Conditions under which a given scheme converges

I'm sorry in advance for how long this question is. Suppose I have a continuous function $f:\mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \Delta_{n-1}$, where we think of the simplex $\Delta_{n-1}$ as the set
...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

635 views

### Projection exists => Uniformly convex?

Hello,
I know that: Let X be a uniformly convex Banach-Space, $a\in X$ and $C\subset X$ closed and convex, then there is a unique $b\in C$ with $\left\Vert a-b\right\Vert=\inf_{x\in C}\left\Vert a-x ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

163 views

### Conditions ensuring extrema are twice continuously differentiable?

For a functional $J[y]=\int_{a}^{b}F(t,y,y')dt$, are there any conditions that ensure extrema over the class of piecewise continuously differentiable functions are all in $C^2[a,b]$?

**4**

votes

**1**answer

456 views

### An optimization problem involving sum of binomial coefficients upto some value

I would like to minimize $f(s, n, \epsilon)$ with respect to $s$ where
$$f(s,n,\epsilon) = \left( 1 + \frac{n}{2^s} \right)\frac{1}{s} \sum_{k=0}^{\lfloor s\epsilon \rfloor} {s \choose k}~.$$
Note ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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### minimizing functions over simple matrix inequalities

I'm wondering if anything is known about minimizing convex, not necessarily linear functions subject to "simple" matrix equalities. To be precise, consider the following example:
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**4**

votes

**0**answers

161 views

### Is it possible to solve the argument maximization problem $\arg\max_x \langle x,l \rangle −f_1(x)−f_2(x)$ via convex duality?

I am attempting to solve the argument maximization problem
$$\arg\sup_x \{ \langle x,l \rangle − f_1(x)−f_2(x) \} \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ (1)$$
where the functions $f_1$ and $f_2$ are concave but ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

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### Algorithm for the intersection of a vector subspace with a cone of non-negative vectors

Hi,
I would like to know whether there is some more effective way of how to compute an intersection of a vector subspace of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ with a cone of vectors with non-negative entries than the ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

694 views

### How to use DFT to solve this minimization problem?

This is a problem when I'm reading a paper.
Equation:
$min\{\sum_p(S_p-I_p)^2+\beta((\partial_xS_p-h_p)^2+(\partial_yS_p-v_p)^2) \} $
where $S,I,h,v$ are all $M*N$ matrices and p stands for every ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

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### Complexity of a weirdo two-dimensional sorting problem

Please forgive me if this is easy for some reason.
Suppose given $S$, a set of $n^2$ points in $\mathbb{R}^2$.
I want to choose a bijective map $f$ from $S$ to the set of lattice points in $\lbrace ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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### Unique matrix satisfying a system of equations

Assume I have a $n\times n$ positive semidefinite matrix $G$ of rank $p$ satisfying a set of $np - p(p-1)/2$ equations $v^T_jGv_j = 1$, $j = 1 \ldots np - p(p-1)/2$ for some given vectors $v_j$. It is ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### L1-regularized Least Squares on a matrix with Toeplitz Blocks (not block-Toeplitz)

I am trying to speed up a sparse signal recovery algorithms.
My sensing matrix is a set of Toeplitz Blocks, M = [T1,T2,T3,...,Tk]
The objective is min ||Mx - b||_2^2 + ||x||1
What I'm actually ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

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### Maximize sum of largest eigenvalues

Consider the following optimization problem:
$\max_{\lambda_j(X)}\sum_{j=1}^n d_j\lambda_j(X)$ subject to $v_j^TXv_j \leq 1, X \geq 0$.
$d_j$ are such that $d_1 \geq d_2 \geq \ldots \geq d_k > ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

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### Constructing a hypersurface with given outer normals

Pick a point on each of the positive half-axes in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Put a (unit-norm?) vector at each of the n points.
(a) Is there a hypersurface in the orthant $\mathbb{R}^n_+$ going through these n ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

119 views

### Minimizing an entropylike expression with a quadratic constraint

Let '$\{X_i\}$' be a set of n positive integers, and fix k to be a positive integer. I am interested in finding the set of solutions to the pair of inequalities:
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**3**

votes

**1**answer

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### Mathematical Programming with other Algebras than Linear

Linear Programming is strongly entwined with linear algebra, as are many of its generalizations under the heading of mathematical programming / convex optimization.
What analogies are there for ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### Nonlinear constraint and product of variables

I have been asked to add to an existing linear programming model several constraints dealing with ratios among continuous decision variables. An example ratio constraint would be like:
$x_1*x_2 - ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

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### Quadratic problem solving with absolute value constraint

Hello,
I have been trying to solve a problem of the form :
$\max_x\quad -\tfrac{1}{2}x^TAx + b^Tx - C\sum_i |x_i|$
without the C term it is a simple quadratic problem,
but I haven't been able to ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

251 views

### Linear and Isometric Automorphism Groups of the PSD Cone

Let $S_+$ be the cone of psd matrices ($n\times n$ real symmetric positive semidefinite matrices). This cone is a metric space induced from the inner product $\langle A,B\rangle = tr (AB)=tr(BA)$.
...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

421 views

### Decomposing max-convolution of sum of functions ?

Hello.
$R, F_1, F_2, F_3$ are random (not-convex, not-concave) 2D matrices of size 100x100.
$R$ is a linear combination of $F_1, F_2, F_3$.
Explicitly, $R = w_1 F_1 + w_2 F_2 + w_3 F_3$
where ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

781 views

### How do I optimize over (or take derivative wrt) a square diagonal matrix?

Hello. I'd like to solve the following optimization problem.
$P_i$ is a 6x6 matrix
$X$, $Y$ is a 6xk matrix
$w_i$ is a kx1 vector
$diag(w_i)$ is a square diagonal matrix with diagonal entries equal ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

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### Is a solution of a linear system of semidefinite matrices a convex combination of rank 1 solutions?

The cone of symmetric positive semidefinite $n\times n$ matrices is the convex hull of rank $1$ matrices. That is, every symmetric positive semidefinite matrix is a convex combination of rank 1 ...

**13**

votes

**2**answers

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### Seeking proof for linear algebra constraint problem.

Given a symmetric real matrix with a zero diagonal $M$, I am trying to find a diagonal matrix $D$, such that the matrix $M + D$ is positive definite, and $(M+D)^{-1}$ has a diagonal consisting of all ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### Schur complement and “negative definite”!

Hi I have the following problem.
Let the symmetric matrix M of the form:
\begin{bmatrix}
A & B \newline
B^T & C \newline
\end{bmatrix}
We have that $C$ is positive semidefinite. Is ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### Max Absolute Difference of Expectations under Change of Measure

Given a sample space $\Omega=\{ 1,\cdots,N \}$, a random variable $x$ defined on $\Omega$ that takes value $x_1,\cdots,x_N$, and a set of strictly positive real numbers $w_1,\cdots,w_N$. Define for ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

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### Numerical linear algebra: how to compute $b^TA^{-1}b$ efficiently

What is the most efficient way to compute $b^TA^{-1}b$ for a given $A$ and $b$?
Do we have to calculate $A^{-1}b$, or is this not necessary?
edit: I forgot to mention that A is symmetric and ...

**2**

votes

**3**answers

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### Maximizing the minimum of piecewise linear functions in high dimensional space

I'd like to compute
$\max_{x,t} t$ such that $\forall i$, $t < a_i + \|x - b_i\|_\infty$.
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**3**

votes

**2**answers

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### Linear program to maximize the minimum absolute value of linear functions ?

I'd like to compute
$\max_{x,t} t$ such that $\forall i$, $t < a_i + |x - b_i|$.
where $a_i,\ldots, a_n$ and $b_1,\ldots,b_n$ are fixed and $x \in [0,1]$.
Can this be solved with a linear ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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### Maximum-bend TSP

I've seen minimum-bend TSP studied, has anyone looked at max-bend TSP?
As a special case, I'm interested in the maximum number of turns a hamiltonian path can take in an $n \times n$ square grid.
I ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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### Point-wise error estimate in polynomial regression

In our application we wish to estimate the actual path of objects. We have a set of samples of object locations $(t_i, x_i, y_i, P_i)$ where $t_i$ is the sample time, $(x_i, y_i)$ is the 2D location, ...