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### Fairest way to choose gifts

Suppose that a parent brings home from a trip $2n$ gifts of roughly
equal value for his/her two children. The children get to choose one
at a time which gifts they want. What is the fairest way to do ...

**0**

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**1**answer

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### Existence of a Lie algebra element orthogonal to the adjoint orbit of another element

Consider a compact, semi-simple, connected Lie group $G$ and its Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$. Denote the Killing form by $K$.
Given a single $A \in \mathfrak{g}$ when (i.e. which groups and which $A$) ...

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### Simultaneous integral equation on $SU(n)$

Consider a smooth curve $U_s:[0,T] \rightarrow SU(4)$ which solves:
$\frac{d U_s}{ds} = (a + w(s)b)U_s$
for some given $a,b \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ (which generate $\mathfrak{su}(n)$) and a smooth ...

**34**

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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

299 views

### 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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vote

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### Are there some algorithms to solve the diagonal matrix $X$ to the following matrix equation?

Suppose $X$ is an unknown $m \times m$ diagonal matrix. Given a scalar $0<c<1$, and a matrix $A$ of $m \times m$ size whose entries $0<A_{i,j}<1$. Are there some algorithms to find the ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Continuous time dynamic programming: Quadratic guess for value function

In a control problem like so:
$$J = min \int_0^{t_f} Qx^2 + Ru^2 dt $$
$$\dot{x} = Ax + Bu$$
$$x(0) = x_0$$
The regular Linear Quadratic Regulator is attained by asssuming that the optimal value ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

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### A generalization of Chebyshev polynomials

What is the monic polynomial $p(x)$ of degree $n$ which minimizes $\max_{x \in [-1,1]} |p(x)|$? The answer is the Chebyshev polynomial, and its largest value on $[-1,1]$ is $1/2^{n-1}$.
Now suppose ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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### Nearest trio of neighbours for non-intersecting ellipses

I'm working on a problem which is to find the closest trio of neighbours for a set of arbitrarily placed non-intersecting ellipses. As a new user I'm not allowed to include image tags but I've ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

228 views

### Maximum distance of points in intersection of balls

let $B_\delta(p):=\{x\in\mathbb{R}^d:||x-p||_2\leq \delta\}$ be a $d$-dimensional closed ball.
Now I do not have one ball, but four:
$B_{r_1}(p)$, $B_{r_2}(p)$, $B_{s_1}(q)$ and $B_{s_2}(q)$. ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Nonlinear optimization problem with inequality constraints

Consider a real valued function $g(x_i)=\frac{1}{a_1+ \frac{a_2}{x_i}}, \forall i=\{1,2,3,...,n\}$.
The objective function $H$ is
$H=\sum_{i=1}^{n}\frac {1}{g(x_i)-a_3x_i}$
The optimization ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

244 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### Finding an unfrustrated set of local linear constraints with given minimal value

Let $ \{F_{i}\} $ be a finite set of linear functionals on a convex compact subset $B\subset\mathbb{R}^{n}$ such that each $F_i$ is $k$-local (acts on $k\ll n$ variables only).
Assume ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

72 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**6**

votes

**4**answers

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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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

147 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

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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? ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

44 views

### 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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**1**answer

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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 ...

**13**

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**4**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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 = ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

349 views

### 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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### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

56 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

139 views

### 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 - ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

123 views

### 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 ...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

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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.
...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

260 views

### 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 ...

**15**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

169 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

390 views

### 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, ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

56 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

132 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

115 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

87 views

### 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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votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

29 views

### 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}} ...

**10**

votes

**0**answers

143 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**3**answers

566 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

61 views

### 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 ...