Questions on the calculus of variations, which deals with the optimization of functionals mostly defined on an infinite dimensional spaces.

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Extremizing the following boundary value problem

Consider the functional $$J(y)=y^2(1)+\int_0^1y'^2(x)\,dx$$ with $y(0)=1$ , where $y\in C^2[0,1]$. If $y$ extremizes $J$ then find the value of $y(x)$. I tried through Bolza problem. Firstly ...
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Calculus of variations of multiple integrals and multiple constrains

Let $q(x_1,\dots, x_6)$ be a arbitrary multivariate density that we choose beforehand. What I want is to calculate a new multivariate density $p(x_1, \dots, x_6)$, which is obtained by minimizing the ...
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Find the extremal to the functional and discuss whether they provide a max/min

I am having a hard time getting my head around Functionals and Calculus of Variations, My question is: Given a functional and using the Euler-Lagrange equation to find an extremal, how do we show ...
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What does first and second approximations mean in this context?

In the Feynman lectures on physics, Feynman in talking about the principle of least action, discusses how we should be able to find the true path $x(t)$ which has the least action, and the way to do ...
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Jacobi field geodesic and calculus of variations.

How can we show that the second order variation to a geodesic is given by the Jacobi differential equation? In essence, \begin{equation} \frac{D^2}{dt^2}J(t)+R(J(t),\dot \gamma (t))\dot \gamma ...
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Calculus of Variations transformation

In the Calculus of Variations book by Gelfand and Fomin it says to consider the transformation $$x^{*} = \Phi(x,y,y')$$ $$y^{*} = \Psi(x,y,y').$$ Here it seems that $y'$ is the derivative of $y$ with ...
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Determine the minimum and maximum values of an integral subject to end conditions

The question: determine the minimum and maximum values of the integral $$\int_0^1 yy'dx$$ subject to the conditions $y(0)=0$ and $y(1)=1$. There is no explicit y dependence, so our Euler-Lagrange ...
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Maximize $J[f] = \int_\mathbb{R} f(x)\log f(x)\,dx$ over smooth surjections $f : \mathbb{R}\to (0, \alpha)$ subject to $\int_\mathbb{R} f(x)\,dx = 1$.

Maximize $J[f] = \int_\mathbb{R} f(x)\log f(x)\,dx$ over smooth surjections $f : \mathbb{R}\to (0, \alpha)$, where $\alpha$ is a real number, subject to $\int_\mathbb{R} f(x)\,dx = 1$. I have no idea ...
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Why does minimizing $H[f] =\sum^{N}_{i=1}(y_i-f(x_i))^2+\lambda \| Pf \|^2 $ leads to solution of the form $ f(x) =\sum^N_{i=1}c_iG(x; x_i)+p(x)$?

I was reading the following paper of dimensionality reduction (1) and also one on theory of networks for approximations and learning (2) and was trying to understand how the regularization problem ...
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Derivative with respect to $y'$ in the Euler-Lagrange differential equation

I am having trouble understanding the $ \dfrac{\partial L}{\partial y'} $ part in Euler-Lagrange Equation. For example, if $ L = y^2(z) $, what is the symbolic expression for $ ...
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Clarifying A Calculus of Variations Problem

Let F[y] be a functional defined like so: F[y] = $\int y(x)^2 + (y'(x))^2 dx$. I'm trying to find the function y which maximizes the value of F, and because the Euler Lagrange equation specifies a ...
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The Euler-Lagrange equation yields a constant function?

My functional is $J[f] = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x) \log f(x)\,dx$. I want to maximize it using the calculus of variations. In order to use the Euler-Lagrange equation, I define $L(t, y, y')$ such ...
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geodesic of Stiefel manifold

Define a metric on Stiefel manifold $V_{n,p}$ as $$\left<\Delta_1,\Delta_2\right>=\text{tr}\Delta_1^T\left(I-\frac{1}{2}YY^T\right)\Delta_2$$ $\forall \Delta_1,\Delta_2\in T_YV_{n,p}$ how to ...
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Double integral of a product in calculus of variations

Let's say I have an integral of the form $$ V(u) = \iint\limits_{[0,T]^2}f(x,y)u(x)u(y)\mathrm dx\mathrm dy $$ which I would like to optimize over smooth functions $u$. For the variation I get $$ ...
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strong minima and maxima condition in calculus of variation

I am going through the topic CALCULUS OF VARIATION. There are not many examples on the topic strong/weak maxima minima. Can anybody provide the link of the source or book name where this topic is ...
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What type of self-adjoint operator does $\hat{P}$ has to be for Green's function to result in a radial exponetial $e^{-\| x-t \|^2}$

I was reading the following paper on hyper basis function (HBF) (similar to radial basis function RBF network) and was trying to understand when is it the case that the network has radial basis ...
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Defining a partial derivative with respect to an antisymmetric tensor/matrix

I'm looking at some nonlinear electrodynamics, and have been following a textbook which contains a primer on some of the stuff I'm interested in following up. However, I seem to have fallen at the ...
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References on the Nash-Moser Implicit Function Theorem

To learn, the Nash-Moser implicit function theorem, I tried the document Hamilton (1982) The Inverse Function Theorem of Nash and Moser, but the article is very encyclopedic. I have a ...
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Derivation of Euler Equation

In the following notes here I don't understand the very last line of proof of theorem 6.1 . We now use the fact that $\frac{\partial}{\partial a}S[x_a(t)]$ must be zero for any function ...
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Dirichlet energy and Fourier transform

Is there a direct relationship between the Dirichlet energy of a function: $$E(f)=\int_{\Omega}\lvert\nabla f(\mathbf{x})\rvert^2\mathrm{d}V$$ and its Fourier transform ...
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Bivariate optimal density

Consider any feasible $p:[0,1]^2\to [0,1]$ that allows discontinuities and the problem $$\min_{p(.)} \int_0^1\int_0^1 p(x,y)^2 dF(x) dG(y)$$ s.t. $$\int_0^1 p(x,y)dG(y)=k\phantom{0} for \phantom{0} ...
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DuBois-Reymond Lemma

I know thats the following statement is true. $f,g$ are continuous function $[a,b]$.Suppose $\int\limits_a^bf(t)h(t)+g(t)h'(t) \, dt=0$ for every $h$ belonging to $C_0^{\infty}[a,b]$, then $g$ is ...
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What is the significance of the integral of the Hessian determinant?

The integral of a function over some region measures the total value of the function in that region: $$T(u)=\int u\thinspace\mathrm{d}V$$ The integral of the squared norm of the gradient of the ...
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Derivation of Euler-Lagrange equation

Here is a simple (probably trivial) step in the derivation of the Euler-Lagrange equation. If we denote $Y(x) = y(x) + \epsilon \eta(x) $, I want to know why is $\dfrac{\partial ...
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Arc length function of a helix/spiral is convex?

Given the arc-length of a parametric curve, $\int_a^b\|\gamma'(t)\|$ if the parametric curve was non-convex, can the arc length be a convex function?If the parametric curve was convex, will the arc ...
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Can there be a cubical bubble?

Although not physically perfect, a reasonable mathematical model for a bubble's shape is that it minimizes surface area subject to fixed volume. A single floating bubble is usually a sphere, but ...
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Non-linear hyperbolic systems

This question is about a naive approach to non-linear hyperbolic systems, thinking in the context of elasticity. To set up the problem suppose $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is open and bounded. ...
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The meanings of some symbols in “Calculus of variations”

Could someone tell me the meanings of the "C" and its superscript "1" and subscript "0" in the equation which I have marked. Thank you very much!!!
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Euler equation formula

When I am using Euler equation for Fourier transform integrals of type $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} dx f(x) exp[ikx] $$ I am getting following integrals: $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} dx f(x) cos(kx)$ ...
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Fundamental Lemma of the Calculus of Variations with higher derivatives

The fundamental lemma of the calculus of variations is often presented as: If $M(x) \in C[a,b]$ such that $\int_{a}^{b}{M(x)\eta(x)} = 0 ~~\forall\eta\in C^1[a,b],\eta(a)=\eta(b)=0$, then $M(x)=0$ for ...
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Differentiate functional with delta function when calculating Euler-Lagrange equation

The paper "active contours without edges" by Chan and Vese http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=902291, My goal is to understand how to derive the corresponding euler-lagrange ...
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Gradient of the Fourier transform of a function

I am wondering if there is a simple way to express the first variation of the Fourier transform of a function as a function of said function. In other words, if $g:x\mapsto F(f)(x)$, where $F(f)$ is ...
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What curved ramp transports a ball from (1,1) to (0,0) most quickly, under the acceleration of gravity, with no friction or air resistance?

An infinitisemally small ball is placed at the top of a ramp which has a height of 1m and ends 1m away horizontally. What is the optimal curve of the ramp to minimize time taken for the ball to reach ...
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calculus of the measure of a $C^1 $ hypersurface

I have to prove that: $$\lim_{r \to 0} \frac {\mathcal H ^{n-1}(M \cap B(x,r))}{\omega_{n-1} r^{n-1}}=1, $$ where $\mathcal H ^{n-1}$ is the ($n-1$)-dimensional Hausdorff measure, $M$ is a $C^1$ ...
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A variational approach to symplectomorphisms

Let $(\Sigma,\omega)$ be a compact symplectic surface, and let $\mathcal{D}$ be the group of diffeomorphisms of $\Sigma$. Is there some known variational approach to determine if an element ...
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Absolute Continuity defined by Necas

I read a definition of the absolute continuity in Necas' book "Direct Methods in the Theory of Elliptic Equations": Let $\Omega$ be a domain in $\mathbb{R}^n$ , $P$ a line verifying ...
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Regularity of limit measure and prove that $|\mu_h|\stackrel{*}{\rightharpoonup}|\mu|$

I have some questions. First of all, let $\mu_h$ a sequence of Radon measures and suppose that $\mu_h$ weakly-converge to another measure $\mu$. Now, this limit measure $\mu$ is still Borel? Is it ...
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Elementary Examples of Functionals

I'm working on a research project that's a little over my head, so forgive some simple questions. Is a composite function $f(g(x))$ a functional? What are a handful of other simple examples of ...
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How to Invert the Euler Lagrange Equations?

Suppose I have a functional L. For example $L = y+3y'$. Where y is itself a function of real variable x It's easy for me to evaluate the Functional Derivative of L via the Euler Lagrange Equations: ...
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Minimum curve for the distance between two points at the plane

The problem is to determine the curve y=y(x) in the plane, the lenght of which is given by the functional: \begin{equation} I(y)=\int_{x_1}^{x_2}\sqrt{1+(y')^2}dx=\int_{x_1}^{x_2}F(x,y,y')dx ...
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Calculus of Variation: Euler-Lagrange Equation in 1D

I am currently trying to get into calculus of variation for a course of Image processing. In the lecture we learned that a smooth function u[a,b]->R that minimises: $$\int_a^b F(x,u,u') dx $$ ...
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Optimal String Shape Problem

So here is the problem I am working on, Given a curve of length L connecting the points (0,1) and (1,0) find an expression for the equation of the curve that minimizes the area underneath it. In ...
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Prove that a sequence of measures weak-star converges to another measure

We have a set of locally finite perimeter and a sequence of sets $\{E_h\}_h$ with $C^1$ boundary such that $$E_h\to E \text{ and } \mu_{E_h}\stackrel{*}{\rightharpoonup} \mu_E,$$ where $\mu_{E_h}$ and ...
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The Dirichlet problem for the Laplace equation: classical solutions versus weak solution

Let $B_R$ a ball in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Consider $u^{\star} \in H^{1}(B_R) $ and $f \in H^{1}(B_R) \cap C(\overline{B_R})$. Suppose that $u^{\star}$ minimizes $$\int_{B_R} |\nabla u|^2, u \in \{ v \in ...
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Euler-Lagrange equation with constraints outside the integral

So I've been studying Euler-Lagrange equations, and on an assignment I have the problem to find them for $J(y)=\int_a^bF(x,y,y')dx-By(b)+Ay(a)$ Where $y(a)$ and $y(b)$ are free, $A$ and $B$ are ...
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How to use find the Lagrange Multipliers in multidimensional Calculus of Variations

Suppose I wish to minimise the integral $$I = \int_{s_0}^{s_1}\int_{t_0}^{t_1}F\, dt ds$$ Where $F$ is a function of the six variables $x(s,t)$, $y(s,t)$, and their four partial derivatives, ie $$F ...
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Surface of constant mean curvature

From PDE Evans, 2nd edition: Chapter 8, Exercise 12: Assume $u$ is a smooth minimizer of the area integral $$I[w]=\int_U (1+|Dw|^2)^{1/2} \, dx,$$ subject to given boundary conditions $w=g$ on ...
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Lagrangians independent of $x$

In PDE Evans, 2nd edition, the following formula is printed as equation $\text{(9)}$ in §8.6 (on page 514): $$\sum_{k=1}^n (L_{p_i}u_{x_k}-L\delta_{ik})_{x_i}=0 \quad (k=1,\ldots,n) \tag{9}$$ ...
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Elliptic regularization of the heat equation

This is from PDE Evans, 2nd edition: Chapter 8, Exercise 3: The elliptic regularization of the heat equation is the PDE $$ u_t - \Delta u -\epsilon u_{tt}=0 \quad \text{in }U_T, \tag{$*$}$$ where ...
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Definition of the Second Variational Derivative In terms of The first

I know that for functional $F$ the first variational derivative at $f$ with increment $h$ is defined as \begin{align*} \delta F[f,h]= \lim_{\alpha \to 0 } \frac{F[f+\alpha h]-F[f] ]}{\alpha }. ...