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Operations research, linear programming, control theory, systems theory, optimal control, game theory

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Reference request: Numerical methods for Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations with state constraints

I have two questions on numerical methods for solving Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equations with state constraints. Consider an optimal control problem given by $$ v(x) = \max_{\{u(t)\}_t} \int_o^\...
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Techniques for minimizing function [on hold]

How does one obtain $W^*$ from Eq. (7) in Shichao Zhang et al, Efficient kNN Classification With Different Numbers of Nearest Neighbors, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems ...
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Markovian Control in a stochastic control problem

I have a very simple control problem. \begin{align*} V(t,X) &= \sup_{(C_t)_t} E_t \left[ |X_t| 1_{C_t = 0} + C_t \right] \\ \text{ s.t. } & d X_t = C_t d B_t, \quad X_t \in [-1,1], C_t \ge 0,...
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Famous theorems that are special cases of linear programming (or convex) duality

The max flow-min cut theorem is one of the most famous theorems of discrete optimization, although it is very straightforward to prove using duality theory from linear programming. Are there any ...
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Maximizing the sum of piecewise linear functions using approximate, differentiable functions

Given an arbitrary (sorted) set of numbers $\{c_1,\dots,c_n\}$, define for each number the piecewise continuous linear function $$ f_i(x) =\begin{cases} x & 0\leq x\leq c_i \\ 0 & ...
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Matlab book request for optimal control

My subject is optimal control of PDE and I want to put optimal control problems in Matlab to be solved but I don't know how to do this. I would be grateful if you could give me some references in that ...
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Curvature of projection function onto a smooth curve

Suppose we have a smooth curve $C$ lying in $\mathbb{R}^2$, and let us consider the orthogonal projection function $P_C(x)$ onto the curve, described by $$P_C(x) = argmin_{y \in C} \Vert x - y \Vert$$...
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Reference: Stochastic Optimal Control with cost functional

There are a variety of control problems for controlled diffusions $X_t^u$, with the terminal cost given by $$ J(u)\triangleq \mathbb{E}\left[g(X_T,u)+\int_0^t h(X_t,u_t)ds\right], $$ function $g$ and ...
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Minimizer for Mean-Variance Portfolio Optimization [on hold]

Let $\lambda \in (0,\infty).$ Does there exists a minimizer for the set $$ \{ -\text{E}[X] + \lambda \text{Var}[X],\; X \in L^2(\Omega,\mathcal{F},P) \} ? $$
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Literature on the controllability of networks under attack

I would like to request your advice on a problem arising from my research in the life sciences. Consider a modular, sparse weighted network which is partially controllable in the sense that some ...
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Optimizing a multivariate symmetric (permutation-invariant) function

Let $\ell$ and $d$ be two integers such that $\ell \le d$. I would like to find the global maxima of the following symmetric function $f\colon (0,1]^n \to \mathbb{R}$, $$f(x_1, \ldots, x_n) := \sum_{\...
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Optimizing a determinant

Any vector is assumed to be a column vector by default. Suppose $f(\mathbf{x})$ is the $d$-dimensional standard Gaussian density. I am interested in the following optimization problem: $$ \max_g ~\...
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Is dynamic programming suitable for a specific optimization problem?

Let $c,\,\mathcal{P}_0,\,\mathcal{P}_1,\,\mathcal{P}_2,\ldots$ be a sequence of positive real numbers. Let $N\in\{1,\,2,\,3,\ldots\}$ and let $t\in\{0,\,1,\,2,\ldots\}$, with $N$ and $t$ fixed. ...
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optimisation problem for unknown function

I have two variables function $z=f_{a,b}(x,y)$ ($a,b$ - some parameters), however I don't know its formula (I can compute its value for given $x,y$ and $a,b$). I would like to find minimum of this ...
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When do supremum and expectation commute?

This is an alternative form of the question in When do maximum and expectation commute? When we looking for conditions on $G(t,x(t))$ such that $$ \sup\limits_{t\in [0,N]}E[G(t,X(t))]=E[\sup\limits_{...
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About exchanging min and max and correctness of an inequality

Let $v_i \in \mathbb{R}^{n}, \ i=1, \ldots, m, \ \ $ $\mathcal{S}$ a convex polyhedron and $x \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$ be given. Consider the following solution $(s^{*},i^{*})$ to the problem \begin{...
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Pontryagin principle for optimal control problem with a terminal cost involving the control

Let $T >0$ and consider the problem of minimizing $$ P(v(.)) \triangleq \int_0^T l(x_t,v_t) d t + h(x_T) $$ over a broad class of control $v(.)$ where \begin{equation} \dot x_t = f(x_t,v_t), \...
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What is the most efficient path for a robot without turning radius?

I recently programmed a most efficient path for a robot going from $(x_1, y_1 , \theta_1)$ to $(x_2, y_2)$. The bot does a combination of turning and moving at any given point, based on the difference ...
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A question related to parametric linear programming

Consider the following parametric linear problem: \begin{align} \min z(t)=c^T x\\ Ax=b(t)\\ 0\leq x\leq u. \end{align} We know $z(t)$ is a piecewise linear function. Let $x(t_1)$ and $x(t_2)$ be the ...
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Is it possible to “solve” iterative (convex/non-convex) optimization problems via learning (one-shot)?

I posted a following question in MSE, but I think it should be posted here in MO. Since I don't know how to transfer the post from MSE to MO, I have pasted the question below. Thank you in advance and ...
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A community effort: equilibrium in quitting games [closed]

This thread is in the spirit of the polymath project: a combined effort of the community to solve a difficult open problem. It is an activity of the European Network for Game Theory whose goal is to ...
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Maximum of a quantity for two normal orthogonal vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n$

Let's define for every pair of vectors $u,v\in\mathbb{R}^n$, a quantity as follows: $$f(u,v) = \sum_{1\leq i,j\leq n}|u_iu_j-v_iv_j|.$$ I want to find: $$M(n)= \max \{f(u,v): u,v\in \mathbb{R}^n, |u|=...
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Is every stable matrix orthogonally similar to a $D$-skew-symmetric matrix?

Let $\mathrm{diag}(A)$ denote the diagonal matrix with diagonal entries of $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ and let $\succeq$ denote the standard partial order in the cone of (symmetric) positive definite ...
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How to solve this optimization problem efficiently? [closed]

Let, $D\in\mathbb{C}^{1\times M}$ is a row vector with $M$ elements $V\in\mathbb{C}^{3^M\times M}$ is a given matrix $T$ is a scalar (real and $>1$) $\textbf{The problem at hand is as follows:}$ ...
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Echange of Infimum Integral with Pointwise Infimum

Setup Suppose that $U$ is a subset of $L^{\infty}_{\mu}(\mathscr{F})\cap L^1_{\mu}(\mathscr{F})$ defined by $$ f\in U \Leftrightarrow g(f(x))\leq M \mbox{ and } f \in L^{\infty}_{\mu}(\mathscr{F})\...
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it's convex sequence inequality

A sequence $a_0,a_1,\dots,a_n$ of real numbers is called concave if $a_{0}=0$, and for each $0<i<n$, we have $a_i\geq\dfrac{a_{i-1}+a_{i+1}}{2}$. Find the largest $c(n)$ such that for every ...
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What is the minimum of this quantity on $S^{n-2}\times S^{n-2}$?

My question is to find the minimum of the following expression: $$A(x,y) = \sum_{1\leq i<j\leq n} |x_i-x_j|\ |y_i-y_j|,$$ over the set of pairs of real vectors $x=(x_1,\dots,x_n),y=(y_1,\dots,y_n)$ ...
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maximization of a log norm function

Considering the following optimization program: $$ maximize \ \ \ \log \left( \|x\|_\infty \right) $$ $$ subject \ to \ \ Ax\leq b, \ x \geq 0 $$ can we rewrite this program as a convex ...
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A (linear) optimization problem subject to (linear) matrix inequality constraints

Let $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ be a Hurwitz matrix, i.e. $A$ satisfies $\mathrm{Re}\,\lambda_i< 0$, where $\{\lambda_i\}_{i=1}^n$ is the set of eigenvalues of $A$. Suppose that the trace of $A$...
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LASSO problem but with a maximization instead of minimization

I have the following optimization problem (like the LASSO problem but with maximization instead of minimization): $\mathbf{maximize}_{\boldsymbol{\alpha}} \|\mathbf{x} -\mathbf{A}\boldsymbol{\alpha}\|...
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A parametrization of stable matrices

Let $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be a diagonalizable matrix with real and strictly negative eigenvalues. Furthermore, suppose that $\mathrm{tr}(A)=-1$. My question. I'm wondering whether it is ...
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Linear matrix inequality

I have the following linear matrix inequality: $$F^T P + PF < 0,$$ where $P$ is a positive definite matrix and $F$ is a matrix with appropriate dimension. Let $Q$ be a positive definite matrix ...
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An inequality concerning the solution of a Lyapunov equation

Let $A$ be an Hurwitz stable matrix (i.e. the real part of the eigenvalues of $A$ lie in the left-half plane) and $Q$ be a positive semidefinite matrix ($Q\ge 0$, for short). Let $P>0$ be the ...
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Using mollifiers (or some other idea) to solve constrained minimax problem

Sorry in advance if this sounds like a more SE question. Consider a continuously parametrized family of $L$-Lipschitz continuous $f_\theta: X \rightarrow \mathbb R_+$ on a metric space $X=(X,d)$. Let ...
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Minimum Preserving Transformations [closed]

If $f:X\rightarrow Y$, $g:Y\rightarrow Y$ are functions and $g$ is monotone increasing function then $$ \operatorname{argmin}_{x \in X} f(x) = \operatorname{argmin}_{x \in X} g\circ f(x) . $$ X and Y ...
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A trace-constrained maximization problem in the cone of positive definite matrices

Let $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be a matrix having eigenvalues with strictly negative real part (in other words, $A$ is supposed to be Hurwitz stable). Let $\mathrm{tr}(\cdot)$ denote the trace ...
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Bounds of Procrustes problem

We denote $\|\cdot\|_F$ as the Frobenius norm of some matrix. We define $f: \mathbb{R}^{d\times r}\times\mathbb{R}^{d\times r} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{d\times r}$ as the following: \begin{align} f(A,B)...
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How to solve this system of Matrix equations? (Coupled riccati equations?)

I am trying to solve for K in the following problem: $ 3I = A_1 + A_2 + A_3$ $ A_1 K A_1 = K_1 $ $ A_2 K A_2 = K_2 $ $ A_3 K A_3 = K_3 $ Where $I$ is the identity, $K, K_1, K_2, K_3, A_1, A_2, ...
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A structural optimization problem

I have $n$ objects $O_i$, each of them having $3$ values, $O_i = (A_i, B_i, C_i)$. I am trying to group them into $k$ groups $P_u$ such as $P_u =(A_u, B_u, C_u)$ such that $$\text{minimize} \quad \...
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Stability of an equilibrium for a third order control system with an integral regulator limited by the stop-type element

In what publication is the following theorem prove carried out? The method of the Lyapunov functions is preferable. Thanks. Consider the system consisting of the controlled object and regulator. The ...
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Maximizing a function that is sum of gaussians

Let $\mathbf{x}_1,\dots,\mathbf{x}_n$ be given $n$ vectors in $\mathbb{R}^d$. Define the function \begin{align} \mathcal{K}(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})= \alpha\exp(-\frac{||\mathbf{x}-\mathbf{y}||^2}{2\...
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how to impose a terminal condition in a minimisation problem?

Consider the problem of minimising $$ J(u(.)) \triangleq \int_0^T l(x(t),u(t)) d t + \phi(x(T)), \: T> 0 $$ over a space of controls $\mathcal{U}$ with the constraint $$ \dot x(t) = f(x(t),u(t)), ...
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Minimizing Frobenius norm with sparsity constraints

I am trying to solve the following minimization problem \begin{equation*} \begin{aligned} & \underset{X,Y \in \mathbb{R}^{n\times k}}{\text{minimize}} & & \| X Y^\top A - B \|_{\text F}^2 ...
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Optimal-score partitions

The question about throwing darts asked on the MathOverflow page Sacred Geometry of Chance was not well received, apparently because of "[t]oo much noise around the actual math", as stated in a well-...
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Boundary controllability of the heat equation and observation

I'm studying the boundary controllability of the heat equation \begin{array}{c} y_{t}=\Delta y\text{ in }\Omega \times (0,T), \\ y=\mathbf{1}_{\Gamma }u\text{ on }\partial \Omega \times (0,T), \\ u(...
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References for control-affine theory

In Control theory from the geometric viewpoint by Agrachev and Sachkov, the authors mention the concept of control-affine (affine in control $u_i$) systems: $$\dot{x} = (f_0 + \sum_{i=1}^{m} u_i f_i)x ...
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Should penalty and Lyapunov drift be normalised in drift-plus-penalty optimisation?

I want to use drift-plus-penalty method to optimize control decisions in the system that I am considering in my research. In particular, I want to minimize penalty function (which in my case is ...
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Lower semicontinuity of proximal gradient descent sequence

I'm using an alternate optimization scheme to minimize a function $F(a,b,c) = G(a,b,c) + H(c)$ where $G$ is continuous and differentiable, $H$ is not differentiable but lower semi-continuous and ...
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An “almost separable” optimization problem on a graph

I am trying to solve an unconstrained optimization problem with the following properties: I am given a graph $G=(V,E)$ with functions $f_{ij}:\mathbb{R}^2\to \mathbb{R}$ for each edge $(i,j)$. I am ...
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Shortest Manhattan-norm paths among disjoint rectangles

I am looking for the fastest possible algorithm for solving the following problem: I am given a collection of disjoint axis-aligned rectangles in the plane, and I need to pre-process these rectangles ...