# Questions tagged [nonlinear-optimization]

Nonlinear objectives, nonlinear constraints, non-convex objective, non-convex feasible region.

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### $L_2$ minimizing makespan vs. $L_\infty$ minimizing makespan

There are $n$ positive real numbers. We partition these numbers into $m$ parts, the size of each part is the sum the numbers in this part. Maximum size of the parts is called a makespan of a partition....
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### Solving matrix equation $X^{-1}=\sum_{i=1}^n D_i X A_i$

Does anybody know an algorithm to solve the following matrix equation? $$X^{-1}=\sum_{i=1}^n D_i X A_i$$ where $D_i$s are diagonal and $A_i$s are symmetric matrices. It would be great to have an ...
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### The busy Star Guardian

On an infinite plane, the Prime Star has disintegrated into four constituent stars, the North Star, the South Star, the East Star and the West Star, each traveling at a constant speed of $1$ in their ...
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### Concavity of a function implicitly defined by a polynomial

Consider the following system of $n$ equations: $$f_j^2 = x_j^2\sum_{i=1}^n A_{ij} f_i \tag{\star}$$ where $A_{ij}\geq 0$ are known constants and where $x_j>0$ for ...
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### Bounding volume of cell in complement of zero set

I am given an integer polynomial $f \in \mathbb{Z}[X_1, \ldots, X_n]$ of bounded degree and bounded coefficient size. The polynomial's zero set partitions $\mathbb{R}^n$ into cells. What I am looking ...
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### measure of an image under an argmax function

I am trying to find any techniques to analyze the measure of an image of a set under an argmax function. For example, let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ be compact and $\phi:\Omega\to\mathbb{R}$ be ...
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### Find subset of collection of sets whose intersection has minimum average value

Let $a_1,\ldots,a_n>0$, and let $S_1,\ldots,S_d\subset\{1,\ldots,n\}$ (all non-empty). For any $I\subseteq\{1,\ldots,d\}$, define $S(I)=\bigcap_{i\in I} S_i$. Given some $1\leq s < d$, consider ...
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### An inequality for three iid random variables with a log-concave density

It was previously shown that $$H\ge cG,\tag{1}$$ where $c:=1/14334$, $$G:=E|X-Y|,\quad H:=E|X-Y|-\tfrac12\,E|X+Y-2Z|,$$ and $X,Y,Z$ are independent random variables with the same log-concave density. ...
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### Minimizing the largest eigenvalue of matrix product

Let $A\in\mathbb{C}^{m\times n}$, $B\in\mathbb{C}^{n\times k}$, $C\in\mathbb{C}^{k\times m}$ be given complex matrices. The objective of the optimization problem is \mathop {\arg \min ...
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### A conjecture about the barycenter of a polytope

Could someone help me with the following conjecture? Thanks a lot! Suppose I have a polytope $\Delta$ in $\mathbb R^n (n\geq 2)$ with coordinates $(x_1,x_2,\cdots,x_n)$ defined by linear ...
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### Numerical scheme for convex optimization

Given $(e_n)_{-N\le n\le N}\in\mathbb R^{2N+1}$ and $-1<x<1$, solve \begin{eqnarray} &&\max_{(q_n)_{-N\le n\le N}\in\mathbb R^{2N+1}_+}~ \sum_{n=-N}^N (e_n-\log(q_n))q_n \\ \mbox{s.t.} &...
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### Convex optimization upper bound for a non-linear optimization

Is there any good convex optimization problem based upper-bound for the following non-linear optimization problem? \begin{align} \max_{x_1,\ldots,x_N}&\quad \sum_{n=1}^{N} \log(1+\frac{x_n}{1+\...
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### Convergence of iteration of a convex program

Let $\mathbf{V} \in \mathbb{R}_{+}^{n \times m}, \ \ \mathbf{E} \in \mathbb{R}_{+}^{n \times m}$, with $\mathbf{V} \mathbf{1}_{m} = \mathbf{1}_{n}$ and $\mathbf{E}^{T} \mathbf{1}_{n} = \mathbf{1}_{m}$...
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### How can we solve this kind of saddle point problem?

I'm trying to solve a saddle point problem of the following form: Let $(E,\mathcal E,\lambda)$ be a measure space; $p$ be a probability density on $(E,\mathcal E,\lambda)$ and $\mu:=p\lambda$ $W$ be ...
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### Maximize an $L^p$-functional subject to a set of constraints

Let $(E,\mathcal E,\lambda)$ and $(E',\mathcal E',\lambda')$ be measure spaces $f\in L^2(\lambda)$ $I$ be a finite nonempty set $\varphi_i:E'\to E$ be bijective $(\mathcal E',\mathcal E)$-measurable ...
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### Looking for a very particular kind of non-convex functions

I want some examples (hopefully parametric families!) of non-convex functions which satisfy the following properties simultaneously, It should be at least twice differentiable. It should have a ...
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### Can a quadratic matrix inequality constraint be convex?

I have an optimization problem with a semi-definiteness constraint: $$N \preceq 0$$ where the entries $N^{AB}$ of the matrix $N$ are defined through $$N^{AB} = \sum_{i,j} x^i M_{ij}^{AB} x^j$$ The ...
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### Are there scenarios under which feasibility bilinear programming is easy?

Given $c\in\Bbb R^{n_1},d\in\Bbb R^{n_2}$, $E\in\Bbb R^{n_1\times n_2}$, $A\in\Bbb R^{m_1\times n_1}$, $B\in\Bbb R^{m_2\times n_2}$ $a\in\Bbb R^{m_1}$, $b\in\Bbb R^{m_2}$ and $t\in\Bbb R$ we know ...
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### Condition under which the Clarke's subdifferential is locally Lipschitzian

Given a locally Lipschitz continuous function $f: \mathbb{R}^{n} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and closed set $$\Omega =\left\lbrace x \in\mathbb{R}^n \ |\ f(x) \leq 0 \right\rbrace$$ such that f is semi-...
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### Monotone rearrangements of function, constrained optimization in $\mathcal{L}^p$

By $\mathcal{S}$ let us denote the set of such step functions $f:[0,1]\to [0,1]$ that additionally satisfy: \forall_{ x>\frac{1}{2}} \ \ \lambda\Big(f=x\Big) \ = \ x\cdot \Big[\lambda\Big(f=x\Big)...
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