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Do the values of the differential of a function on a Lie group with a single maximum span the Lie algebra?

Consider: a vector field $X=\nabla \phi$ on a compact, semi-simple, connected matrix Lie group $G$ where $\phi$ as a smooth scalar field on $G$ possessing only a single maxima which topologically is a ...
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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 ...
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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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Relaxation of non-convex QCQP with one quadratic and one linear constraint

According to Boyd we know that a non-convex QCQP problem with one quadratic constraint has strong duality with the relaxed SDP or Lagrange counterpart. (check "Convex Optimization" by Boyd, Appendix ...
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Expected value (probability) maximization with binomial distribution

I need to solve an optimization problem that involves an expected value like $$F(n,x) = \sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k} p^k(1 - p)^{n - k} f(k,x).$$ Here $f(k,x)$ is actually a probability coming from a ...
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Simplex method for SDP?

I know the interior point method works both for Linear Programming (LP) and semidefinite programming (SDP). My question is, can the other popular method for solving LP, namely the simplex method, be ...
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Is there a name for this quantity between two distributions?

Let $f$ be a probability density on a compact domain $D$, and say that $x_1,\dots,x_n$ are samples from $f$. If we wanted to compute the Wasserstein distance between $f$ and the empirical ...
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Constrained optimal control problem

I am trying to solve an optimization problem which is probably reminiscent of optimal control theory but all of this is not exactly my field of expertize and I am a little bit lost in translation. If ...
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Convex optimization with full subdifferential information

Can anyone direct me to any algorithms or theorems that describe the difficulty of solving a non-smooth convex optimization problem for the special case where the full subdifferential is available? ...
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Gradient on $SU(n)$

I'm trying to calculate the gradient (wrt to the bi-invariant metric) of the following functions $F_1, F_2 : SU(n) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by $F_1(U) = | Tr (G^{\dagger} U) |^2$, $F_2(U) = \Re ...
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Basic result in semi-infinite linear programming

Consider a standard linear program of the form $$\textrm{minimize}_x~~~~ c^Tx~~~~ s.t. \\ Ax = b \\ x \geq 0$$ with $x\in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$. It is well known that, if ...
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Finding a movement taking out of a convex set

There is a convex set $S$ as the hull of M points in an D-dimensional Euclidean space and a point $\vec P$ in the set. Then, there is a set of vectors $\vec W$ taking the form $\vec W=\sum_{i=1}^N ...
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A problem about a matrix norm on $\mathfrak{su}(4)$

Given a fixed $B \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ is it possible to solve for $F$: $\sigma^{\text{max}}\left(\frac{A}{F(A)} + B \right) = 1$, $\forall A \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$. A theorem in ...
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Fixed point iteration on symmetric biconvex function

Suppose $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ is a convex set and that a function $g(x,y):X\times X\rightarrow\mathbb{R}_+$ is smooth, "strictly biconvex" (strictly convex in $x$ and $y$ independently but not ...
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Maximum of the Vandermonde determinant / minimum of the logarithmic energy

The problem is to find the asymptotics (as $n\to\infty$) of the maximum (say $M_n$) of the Vandermonde determinant $$V_n:=\prod_{0\le i<j\le n-1}(a_j-a_i) $$ over all $a_0,\dots,a_{n-1}$ such ...
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Questions about the definition of ``stabilization entropy" for dynamical systems

Let $\phi (t,x,u)$ be the solution to the differential equation, $\dot{x}(t) = f(x(t),u(t))$ where $x(t) \in \mathbb{R}^d$, $u : [0,\infty) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^m$ and $f: \mathbb{R}^d \times ...
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Duality results for quadratic equality constrained optimization problem

Consider the optimization problem $$ \begin{align} \min_{x\in\mathbb{R}^n}&\quad f(x) = x^TA_0x+b_0^Tx+c_0\tag{P1}\\ \nonumber \text{subject to } \quad & g_i(x) = x^TA_ix+b_i^Tx+c_i = ...
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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 ...
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Do computational geometers use Lagrange multipliers?

Can anyone point me to an example of a problem that (more or less) originated in computational geometry whose solution requires the use of Lagrange multipliers (or Kuhn-Tucker conditions, or dual ...
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Methods for RCPSP

I have an Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem (RCPSP) with and additional strict precedence graph $H$, where $(j, j') \in H$ means $j'$ should stay closely after $j$. Can you advise any ...
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Maximizing Expected Utility

I am currently trying to solve a maximization problem given by $\max_{f(x)} \int_0^1 \int_\mathbb{R} (c-y\cdot f(x)-d\cdot (x+f(x)-b)^2) \ h(x) \ dx \ dy$. Or in other words, I have a utility ...
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Prove that the following two optimization problems are equivalent

I am trying to solve the following optimization problem for the vector $ y $, where $ A_i $ are some given matrix (maybe low rank) and $ x_i $ are unconstrained $$ \min_{y, x_i} \sum_{i=1}^J || y - ...
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Polynomial-time algorithm solving approximately a generalization of the travelling salesman problem

Take a graph $G$ and a number of sets of nodes of $G$. The problem is to find the shortest path passing through at least one node in each node set. If each node set consists of only one node, the ...
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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. ...
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Sard's Theorem For Banach Spaces

Given a smooth map from $\phi: B \rightarrow M$ where $B$ is a Banach Space and $M$ is a finite dimensional smooth manifold (for example, the end point map for a control system), what is the strongest ...
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A circle packing conjecture

Consider $n$ circles with variable radii $r_1,\ldots, r_n$ that pack inside a fixed circle of unit radius. In other words, all $n$ variable-radius circles are contained in the unit radius circle and ...
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constant rank theorem for banach spaces

Is there a similar statement to the constant rank theorem for finite dim real smooth manifolds which holds for a smooth map $F:B \rightarrow M$ where $B$ is an infinite (countable) dim Banach space ...
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Partial feedback linearization (Control theory)

I'm trying to understand a theorem about partial feedback linearization from the paper "On the largest feedback linearizable subsystem" by R. Marino (published in: Systems & Control Letters, ...
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Optimization with random matrix

Consider $J$ a random matrix of size $n\times n$ with i.i.d. Gaussian entries $J_{ij} \sim \mathcal{N}(0,\sigma^2/n)$. Let $f(x)=tanh(x)$, and for $x\in\mathbb{R}^n$, $f(x)$ denotes the vector where ...
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Stochastic differential equation associated with an optimal control problem

We know how to find the stochastic differential equation (Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation, HJB) of the control problem where a process $X_t$ is controlled up until it is stopped at a stopping time ...
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Kálmán filter with delayed (outdated) information

We have a linear system with observation as follows: $x(t+1)=Ax(t)+Bu(t)+w(t)$ $y(t)=Cx(t)+z(t)$ for given information $y(0\sim t)$, we can construct the dynamics of $\hat{x}(t)$ using the Kálmán ...
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Largest subgroup of $SU(n)$ for which the adjoint action preserves specific inner product on $\mathfrak{su}(N)$

Given $A,B \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$ such that $K(A, B)=0$, I am looking for the largest subgroup $H$ of $SU(n)$ for which: $K \left(A, Ad_{U}(B) \right) = 0, \ \ \forall U \in H$ where $K$ is the ...
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Functions that are easy to compare to a norm

Let $X$ be a subset of $\mathbb{R}^d$, let $\|\cdot \|_p$ be a norm with $1\leq p\leq\infty$, and let $f:\mathbb{R}^d\to\mathbb{R}$ be a function. I'm trying to find examples of $X$, $p$, and $f$ for ...
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LQR solution when there are linear terms in the cost function?

I am trying to solve the following Bellman Equation: $V(s) =\max_u \left[a'u - (u-s)'Q(u-s) + V(u)\right]$ In the equation above, $s,u,a\in \mathbb R^n$, $Q\in \mathbb R^{n\times n}$ is positive ...
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Global optimisation of the real part of impedance

I have the following global optimisation problem: $$ \underset{\omega}{\min}-c^{T}\left(\omega^{2}\mathbf{1}+A^{2}\right)^{-1}b $$ where $A$ is a $n \times n$ real matrix, $c$ and $d$ are ...
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existence of optimal control

I'm looking for an existential result in optimal control for the following class of problems: Given $T > 0$, $\bar x, \hat x\in\mathbb R^d$, an instantaneous cost function $c:\mathbb R^d\times ...
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Minimizing sum of functions, while keeping their values non-negative

Suppose we have data $\mathbf{x}_i$, $i\in \{1, \ldots, K\}$, and we're trying to find parameters $\hat{\mathbf{\theta}}$ such that $$\hat{\mathbf{\theta}} = \underset{\mathbf{\theta}} ...
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Dividing a convex region to minimize average distances

Let $C$ be a convex region in the plane with area 1 that contains distinct points $p_1,\dots,p_n$. Say I'd like to divide $C$ into $n$ pieces $C_1,\dots,C_n$, each of area $1/n$, and I'd like to ...
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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 ...
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Finding the optimal mixture of two convex functions

I am trying to find an efficient way to solve the problem $$\min_{p,x_1,x_2} p\cdot f(x_1)+ (1-p) \cdot f(x_2)~~~~~ s.t.\\p\cdot g_1(x_1) + (1-p)\cdot g_2(x_2)\leq 1 \\ 0\leq p \leq 1$$ where ...
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Complexity of optimizing a bi-objective function with integer constraints

I have two different objective functions, each of which can be solved optimally in polynomial time. Does this mean, I can optimize a linear combination of these objective functions in polynomial time ...
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The Maximal $\ell_2$ norm of a signed sum of vectors

Suppose we have $n$ vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n.$ Consider the signed sum of these vectors: $$U(s_1,\ldots,s_n)=s_1 v_1+s_2 v_2 + \ldots + s_n v_n$$ where $s_j$'s can only take values of $+1$ or $-1.$ I ...
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Analysis of first-order methods for constrained convex optimization with approximate oracles

In many first-order optimization methods an oracle is needed whose action enforces the constraint/regularizations. For example, in projected gradient descent, conditional gradient method, and proximal ...
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How do I approach Optimal Control?

Other than learning basic calculus, I don't really have an advanced background. I was curious to learn about Optimal Control (the theory that involves, bang-bang, Potryagin's Maximum Principle etc.) ...
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Some questions about Invexity

Recently, I am looking into a non-convex optimization problem whose points satisfying KKT conditions can be obtained. Then the problem becomes how to decide whether the KKT conditions are sufficient ...
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Fixed area, largest mass — is there a name?

Let $x\in \mathbb{R}^n$ and let $s_k(x)$ denote the sum of the $k$ largest entries of $x$. The function $s_k(x)$ is well-known to be convex and is often used in optimization, such as ...
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How to minimize this sparse quadratic function?

There is a problem when I'm reading a paper. Equation: $min_p|p-p^*|^2+\alpha |R(p)|^2 + \beta |D(p)-\delta|^2$, where $p, p^*, R(p), D(p), \delta$ are all $M\times N$ matrices, and $p^*, R(), D(), ...
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What's the most efficient way to solve this euclidean projection on non-negative affine space constraint?

I've come across this convex optimization problem in my research where I need to project a matrix $X_0$ onto a non-negative affine space constraint and box constraints. Concretely, $X \in ...
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Why the 'S' in S-procedure/S-lemma?

The S-procedure (also called as S-lemma) is a technique from V. A. Yakubovich that is used to relax a system of quadratic inequalities to a linear matrix inequality problem. It is used largely in ...
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characterization of a certain closed convex cone

Consider $x_1,\cdots,x_n \in \mathbb{R}^d$, and the closed convex cone in $\mathbb{R}^n$ defined by $$\mathcal{K}(\underline{x}):=\{(\varphi(x_1),\cdots,\varphi(x_n)):\varphi \textrm{ convex on ...