Convex analysis is the study of properties of convex sets and convex functions. For questions about optimization of convex functions over convex sets, please use the (convex-optimization) tag.

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uniformly convex domain and uniformly convex function

I want to ask a question about uniformly convex domain: Suppose $\Omega$ is unifromly convex, i.e. for each point $x_0\in\partial\Omega$, with regualrity $C^2$ smooth. Uniform convexity of domain ...
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Solution set of a quadratic inequality

Let C $\subseteq$ $\Re^n$ be the solution set of a quadrtatic inequality, C = $\{x \in \Re^n | x^TAx +b^Tx + c \leq 0\}$. $A \in \Re$, b $\in \Re^n$ and c $\in \Re$. We want to show: That C is ...
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Prove a certain matrix is positive semidefinte.

Consider a stochastic matrix $P$, i.e. real, non-negative, square, rows sum to one. Consider $\Xi$ to be a diagonal matrix with a principal left eigenvector of $P$ on the main diagonal and zeros ...
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$[f=q]$ is closed implies $f$ is continuous. [on hold]

Define $H=[f=q]$ to be the set of points such that $f(x)=q$. Let us assume that H is closed. Then the complement of H is open and nonempty (since $f$ does not vanish identically - ""i don't understand ...
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Analytical solution to the first PCA direction

It is known that the first PCA direction for a dataset of $n$ points is the unit vector with max variance after projecting the points onto this vector. I wonder whether there are some analytical ...
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convexity of piece wise function

I have a piece-wise function defined on the real line. The pieces are connected continuously, and the second derivative of each piece is strictly positive. Does this means that the function is convex? ...
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Minkowsky Theorem

Theorem: Let $L$ be an $n$-dimensional lattice in $\mathbb R^n$ with fundamental domain $T$, and let $X$ be a bounded symmetric convex subset of $\mathbb R^n$. If $Vol(X)>2^nVol(T)$ then $X$ ...
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Looking for numerical methods for finding roots of convex vector function ${\bf f}({\bf x})={\bf 0}$

Consider the function ${\bf f}:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}^m$ defined as ${\bf f} = (f_1,f_2,\ldots,f_m)$ where each $f_i:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}$ is twice-continuously differentiable convex in ${\bf ...
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Properties of functions having the form $g(x,t) = t f(\frac{x}{t})$

I have been frequently coming across the function $g(x,t) = t f(\frac{x}{t})$ in my course on convex optimization. A friend of mine mentioned that it is the perspective function, but the book on ...
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Prove quasiconvexity of a multivariate function [on hold]

I would like to prove that the following function is quasiconvex: $$ f(x_1,x_2) = -x_1*x_2 -1 $$ How do i prove its quasiconvexity (without augmented Hessian matrix) ?
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Does every strongly convex function has a stationary point?

Say does every differentiable $\mu$-strongly convex function $f:\mathbb{R}^n\mapsto\mathbb{R}$, with $\mu>0$ have a point where its gradient is $0$? If not so which is the minimum you can impose ...
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How to prove the convexity of $f$ if the strict epigraph of $f$ is convex

I have trouble to prove the equivalence of the following two definitions of convex function. For convenience, I list them as follows: Def-A. Let $f : I\to \mathbb{R}$ be a function, where $I$ is (and ...
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Using Taylor's theorem and Lagrange form of the reminder to prove the second order condition for convexity

I try to prove the second order condition for convexity. So far' I've done the following: First, I prove second order => convexity: Let $f$ be a function with positive semi-definite Hessian. Using ...
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Property of Newton step for self-concordant convex functions

Suppose $f(x)$ is a convex and self-concordant function minimized at $x^*$. I have two starting points $\tilde{x}_0$ and $\hat{x}_0$ such that $|\hat{x}_0-x^*| \le |\tilde{x}_0 - x^*|$. We also know ...
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Proofs regarding about all Second Derivative Test cases (Inconclusive & Single Variable)

This is how I would prove f''(c) > 0 that f(c) has local min and I would easily flip the inequalities and state a conclusion for f''(c) < 0 that f(c) has local max. Quick Proof for f''(c) > 0 ...
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Is every convex function differentiable amost every where?

If a function $f: D \subset R^n \rightarrow R$ is convex, then for every $x,y \in D$ and $\alpha \in [0,1]$, $$ f(\alpha x + (1 - \alpha)y) \leq \alpha f(x) + (1 - \alpha)f(y). $$ I konw a convex ...
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Every concave function that is nonnegative on its domain is log-concave?

This is a statment from Wiki. I'm not sure why this is true: If: $f(\theta x+(1-\theta y) \geq \theta f( x) + (1-\theta)f(y)$ And $f(\cdot) \geq 0$ then: $$f(\theta x+(1-\theta y) \geq f( ...
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The polar of a set: Importance and Applications

Given a duality $(X,Y)$, for any subset $A\subset X$, we can define the polar set $A^{\circ}\subset Y$. In this sense, the polar relates sets and sets in the dual space. Since cones are sets, we can ...
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What's wrong with the following trace optimization?

I'm reading a paper that has used the augmented Lagrange function for optimization. I've tried to derive one subproblem but got a different answer from that in the paper. Could you help check it ...
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How to express a set as an intersection of halfspaces

I have a set S = {x $\epsilon$ $\mathbb R^n$| $x^Ty \le 1$, $\forall y \epsilon A$} Now, I want to prove that this set is closed and convex. I know that expressing this set as an intersection of ...
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Minkowski sum of convex sets in the plane which are not polygons

Can the Minkowski sum of two convex sets in the plane which are not polygons be a polygon? Explicitly my convex set is of the form $ C= \{(x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2 : x,y \geq 0 \text{ , } ...
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Uniquness and Exisstence of One Theorem

I need a short and nice Proof for Uniqueness and Existence of the following theorem: Suppose (H, <0,0> ) is a Hilbert space, and M is a closed convex set and $x \in H$, then there is a unique ...
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Is it right for chain rule in trace function?

The objective function is $$ f(X)=\min_X trace(B^TX^TCXBD) $$ we know the following derivatives from Matrix Cookbook, $$ \frac{\delta{trace(B^TX^TCXB)}}{\delta X}=C^TXBB^T+CXBB^T \\ \frac{\delta ...
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Which functions preserve convexity of the cells of a polyhedral tessellation of $\mathbb{R}^n$?

Let $\mathcal{X}_1, \ldots, \mathcal{X}_m \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ be disjoint sets with $\bigcup_{i=1}^m \mathcal{X}_i = \mathbb{R}^n$. Furthermore, let each $\mathcal{X}_i$, $i = 1, \ldots, m$, be an ...
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How do you prove $x^2$ is convex using only the definition of convexity?

I apologize beforehand if this is an extremely easy question, I have very limited experience with proving convexity statements. Also, the reason that I choose such a simple example before tackling ...
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Is Jensen's inequality an iff condition on convex functions?

According to wikipedia this is Jensen's inequality: If X is a random variable and φ is a convex function, then: $$\varphi\left(\mathbb{E}[X]\right) \leq \mathbb{E}\left[\varphi(X)\right].$$ Which ...
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Convex sets in $\mathbb R^n$: Do they have a particular form ? Does the gradient of a linear convex function $f$ exist on such a set?

Convex sets in $\mathbb R^n$: Do they have a particular form ? Does the gradient of a linear convex function $f$ exist on such a set ? Suppose that $S$ is a convex set in $\mathbb R$. Then $S$ is ...
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Proof that $f(x) = x^TMx$ is convex

I have been stuck on this problem for a while. After I use the definition of convexity and some algebra, I end with something like this: $$ \lambda f(x^{(1)}) + (1-\lambda)f(x^{(2)}) + ...
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What is affine hull of conv(A)

Consider the set $A = \{(1,0),(0,1),(-1,0),(0,-1)\}$. The convex hull of $A$, i.e. $conv(A)$, should look like the following: (This is also a $l_1$-norm unit ball.) My question is what is the ...
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In what sense is the Bayesian posterior mean a “convex combination”?

This is related to a previous question that hasn't gotten an answer: Definition of convex combination with matrix-vector multiplication Suppose I want to estimate $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ from two ...
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Arclength comparison of two convex functions

(a) Let $f$ and $g$ be two $C^1([a,b])$ convex functions such $$f(a)=g(a), \ f(b)=g(b)\ \text{ and } \ g(t)\le f(t) \ \text{ for all }t \in [a,b]$$ Then the arclength of the graph of $g$ ...
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Show that $x \mapsto \left( x^{\top} \sigma x , -\mu^{\top}x \right)^{\top}$ transforms a given set into a convex set.

Let's say you have a covariance matrix $\sigma$ and a vector of expected returns $\mu$. Basically $\sigma$ is a symmetric matrix with positive eigenvalues and we can safely assume that $\mu$ is just a ...
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Function with convex polytopes as sub-levelsets

If a function has convex sub-levelsets then it is quasiconvex. What if it has sub-levelsets that are convex polytopes? Obviously, it is still quasiconvex but is there a name for this class of function ...
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About the slack variable for hinge-loss SVM

The hinge-loss SVM is defined $$ \min_{w,b} \frac{1}{2}w^T w+\sum_{i=1}^{N}\max\{0,1-y_i(w^Tx_i +b)\} $$ By introducing a slack variable $\xi_i$, the optimization problem is changed to $$ ...
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Topological vector space question

$C[0,1]=$ space of all continuous complex valued function over $[0,1]$. Define metric, $d(f,g)={\int_{0}^{1} \frac {|f(x)-g(x)|}{1+|f(x)-g(x)|}}$, for all $f,g\in C[0,1] .$ Let $(C[0,1],\sigma)$ ...
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If $ S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ is finite, show that conv(S) is a closed set…

If $ S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ is finite, show that conv(S) is a closed set. Is the statement still true if S is not finite? Where conv(S) is the convex hull of S. From what I've read, the convex ...
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Distributed convex optimization problem

Consider the optimization problem $$ \min_{ x_1, \ldots, x_N } \sum_{i=1}^{N} f_i( x_i ) \\ \text{s.t.: } \sum_{i=1}^{N} x_i \in X, \ x_i \in X_i \ \forall i \in \{1, \ldots, N\} $$ where $f_1, ...
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Proof that the intersection of any finite number of convex sets is a convex set

How to prove that the intersection of any finite number of convex sets is a convex set? I have no idea.
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union and difference of convex set

suppose X,Y are two convex sets x1, x2 in X and y1, y2 in Y defn of X and Y being convex: tx1+(1-t)x2 in X ty1+(1-t)y2 in Y it is clear that: 1) X+Y is convex. 2) X intersection Y is convex 3) ...
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A function is convex and concave, show that it has the form $f(x)=ax+b$

A function is convex and concave, it is called affine function. That is the function: $$f(tx+(1-t)y)=tf(x)+(1-t)f(y),\, \, t\in (0,1) $$ Force $y=0$(suppose $0$ is in the domain of $f(x)$), we ...
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Is closure of convex hull of C equal to convex hull of closure.

If $C$ is a set in a topological vector space (or in particular a metric space), can we say that $\text{cl}(\text{conv}(C)) = \text{conv}(\text{cl}(C))$, where cl$(\cdot)$ represents closure and ...
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Segment ordered density conjecture.

I have a set $S\subset\mathbb {R}^2$ with the following property (P) $\forall x,y\in S$, $\forall\mathscr{C}$ a convex set that contains $x$ in its interior, $bd\mathscr{C}\cap [x,y]\subset ...
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Is this function convex or concave

Consider the following function: $$f:(0, \infty)^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}: (\phi,\psi) \rightarrow \frac{\phi}{\psi}$$ Is this function convex or concave? (Or neither?) I tried by calculating the ...
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How to determine if a vector belongs to the conical hull of a set of vectors?

Let $\mathbf{p}_i$ be a finite set of finite-dimensional real vectors with non-negative components with the property that, for any $k$, $\mathbf{p}_k$ cannot be expressed as a linear combination with ...
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finding a counter example to Caratheodory's convex hull theorem for infinite dimentional space

Recently I learned in class Caratheodory's convex hull theorem which suggests that in a finite dimentional (n) space every x can be written as a convex-combination of maximum (n+1) vectors. I was ...
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Is the algebraic interior relatively open in a closed convex set?

I am struggling with proving or disproving the following: Let $X$ be a locally convex space and let $C\subset X$ be closed convex with non-empty algebraic interior which we denote by $C^i$ (recall ...
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Jensen's inequality: proof by using linear functions

Here's an extract from Stochastic Calculus for Finance Volume 1 by Shreve. I don't understand the statement that says a convex function is the maximum of all linear functions that lie below ...
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Origin of the term `quermassintegral'.

What is the origin of the term `quermassintegral'? I think this is a german word. What would be its literal translation in English? The definition of quermassintegrals from wikipedia: Let ...
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Equivalence of semi concavity of function $g$ and convexity of function $x\mapsto \frac c 2 |x|^2 - g(x)$

$g\in C^2(\mathbb R^n)$ is called semi concave, if there exists $c>0$ such that for all $x,y\in\mathbb R^n$ the following holds: $$g(x+y) - 2g(x) + g(x-y) \leq c|y|^2$$ Now, in Evans "Partial ...
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Does there exist regular planar pentagon?

How to prove or disprove that the boundary of any convex body in $\mathbb{R}^3$ (treated as a surface) includes 5 points which form a regular planar pentagon?