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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Begin study of convex algebraic sets in complex projective space

Where should I begin the study of convexity of (semi-)algebraic sets? In other words, projective varieties defined by polynomials of complex variables. The long-term goal is to study optimization in ...
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A question about norm for bounded linear transformations

Let $H$, $K$ be Banach spaces, and let $A: H \rightarrow K$ be a bounded linear transformation. Its norm is defined by: \begin{equation} \|A\| = sup\{\|Ah\|_K: \|h\|_H \le 1\} \end{equation} How to ...
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Convex subsets, Normed spaces, Separating hyperplane

I'm trying to understand the proof of a theorem taken from a textbook. Theorem: If $S_1,S_2$ are disjoint non-empty convex subsets of a real vector space $X$ (which may be infinite dimensional) then ...
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Deriving projection operator for an affine set

Given an affine set $Ax=b$, the Projection operator to this set is $$P(z) = z - A^{T}(AA^{T})^{-1}(Az-b)$$ which is also affine. How is this derived?
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Robust LP question using box uncertainty model

I am trying to solve this robust LP problem by writing it as a QP $$\min_x x^TSx : \mu \leq r^T x , Ax \leq b$$ Under Box uncertainty model: $$R = \{r : \| r - \hat{r}\|_\infty \leq \rho\}$$ Here ...
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What is the shape of all convex combinations of $\geq$ five vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$?

The convex combinations of two linearly independent vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$ span a line. The convex combinations of three linearly independent vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$ span a solid triangle. The ...
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Proving upperbound using convexity

The original question is to prove $$\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n x_i \leq \log{(\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n e^{x_i})} \leq \max_{1 \leq i \leq} x_i$$ I show that $$x_{max} = \max_{1 \leq i \leq} x_i$$ ...
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Is it always possible to partition a fat shape to fat shapes?

The slimness factor of a geometric 2-dimensional shape is defined (for this question) as the ratio of the side-length of its smallest enclosing square to the side-length of its largest enclosed ...
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Prove that a given function is convex

Consider the following convex set: $$S = \{m \in \mathbb{R}^N : m_i \geq 0 \text{ }\forall i=1, \ldots, N \wedge \sum_{i=1}^Nm_i = 1\}$$ and following function $f : S \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$: ...
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property of Convex body on the plane

Let $K$ be a convex body on the plane with smooth curve. Observe the triangle $\triangle ABC$ that contains $K$ with minimal perimiter and let $X,Y,Z$ the points on $BC,AC,AB$ that belong to $K$. I ...
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Increasing convex-like function in Hilbert space

I am intersted with the differential equation $$x'(t)=f(t,x(t)),\ t\in \mathbb{R}.$$ Can we find an example of a Hilbert space $H$ and a function $f:\mathbb{R}\times H \to H$ which satisfy the two ...
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Simplex - Help with a proof

I am trying to prove the following (basic) claim about simplex. If you check my proof and help me with the part where I stuck, I would appreciate it very much. Let $X$ be a finite set and define ...
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Difference of concave functions

Suppose that there are two concave functions $f_1(x)$ and $f_2(x)$ defined on $x\geq0$. In addition, the functions are positive, smooth, bounded ($|f_2|\leq b_2,|f_1|\leq b_1$ such that $b_2 = ...
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What functions are support functions of convex sets

Given a closed, convex, non-empty set $K\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ the support function $h_K:\mathbb{R}^n\to (-\infty,\infty]$ is defined as $$h_K(y) := \sup_{x\in K} \langle x,y\rangle$$ It is easy to ...
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Is the volume of a convex polytope efficiently computable from the vertices

Is there an efficient method to compute the exact volume of a bounded full-dimensional convex polytope, given the coordinates of its vertices (V-representation)?
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Convexity and Jensen's Inequality for simple functions

Suppose $\varphi$ is convex on $(a,b)$. I want to show that for any $n$ points $x_1,\dots,x_n \in (a,b)$ and nonnegative numbers $\theta_1,\dots,\theta_n$ such that $\sum_{k=1}^n \theta_k = 1$ we are ...
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Composition of non-monotonic convex function

Given the following composition of functions: $h:\Bbb R^k\rightarrow\Bbb R$ $g:\Bbb R^n\rightarrow\Bbb R$ $f(x)=h(g_1(x),g_2(x),...,g_k(x))$ There are known rules which guarantee ...
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How to prove that the following function is convex?

I want to prove convexity of the following function: $$f(x) = log_x \left(1 + \frac{(x^a-1)(x^b - 1)}{x-1}\right)$$ for any fixed $a, b \in (0, 1)$ and: $x\in(0,1)$ $x\in(1, \infty)$ I'm trying ...
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Decreasing Function Projected onto Simplex

Consider $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$, defined as $f(x) := a x + b$, where $a<0$ and $b \in \mathbb{R}_{\leq 0}^{n}$. Note that $f$ is decreasing: $$ x \geq y \Longrightarrow f(x) ...
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Minimization of log-sum-exponential function subject to constraints.

I would like to minimize the following function: $f(x)=log(e^{-x_1}+..+e^{-x_n})$ Subject to: $\sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_i}=1$ $0 \leq x_i \leq 1$ So far I have discovered the following: If all the ...
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an elementary inequality about convex function

Given $f:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is convex, then we have $f(y)\geq f(z)+Df(z)\cdot(y-z)$ where we fix a point $z\in B(x,r/2)$ Integrate the above inequality directly with respect to $y$, ...
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Showing a function is concave

Given $F(\underline{x}) = Ax_1 + Bx_2 + \ln(a^2-(x_1^2+x^2_2))$ on $S=\{\underline{x}\in\mathbb{R}\mid x_1^2+x_2^2<a^2\}$ with $A,B,a\in\mathbb{R}$, show that $F$ is concave on $S$. Since we have ...
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How to prove that $f$ is convex function

Let $f:(a,b) \mapsto \mathbb{R}$ be continuous function such that $f(\frac{x+y}{2})\leq \frac{1}{2}f(x) + \frac{1}{2}f(y) \;\; \forall x,y \in (a,b)$ Show that $f$ is convex function. Please give ...
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Notion of a concave function and proving ln is concave

I've just checked that the definition is right, a function is convex if: $(1-t)f(x_1)+tf(x_2)\ge f((1-t)x_1+tx_2)$ which is odd because this is ... well I was taught (very young age) that concave ...
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Minimization of product function subject to constraints

I want to minimize the following function: $\prod_{i=1}^{n}{x_i}$ Subject to the following constraints: $\sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_i}=1.1+(n-1)(0.1)$ and $0.1 \leq x_i \leq 1.1$ How should I go about it? ...
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Show that for $f,g: [0, + \infty) \to \mathbb{R}$ convex functions of Class $C^2$ their product $fg$ is convex

Problem: Let $f,g: [0, + \infty[ \to \mathbb{R}$ be two convex functions of Class $C^2$. Assume that $$ f(0) \geq 0, g(0) \geq 0 \text{ and } f'(0) \geq 0, g'(0) \geq 0 \tag{!}$$ Show that $fg$ ...
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$\mathrm{Prox}_{f}(x)$ and $\mathrm{Prox}_{af}(x)$

Let $a\in \mathbb{R}$, and $f$ is a convex function $f: \mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. $\mathrm{Prox}_{f}(x)=y_1$ and $\mathrm{Prox}_{af}(x')=y_2$. Because I know $\mathrm{Prox}_{f}(x)$. And ...
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Dual of dual cone of nonconvex closed cone

let $K$ be a nonconvex closed cone, then $K^{**}=conv(K)$ should this hold? I am not quite sure about it. Thanks.
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convex closed and unclosed functions and (lower semi)continuity

I'm grappling a bit with lower semicontinuity and convex functions. Let me consider convex functions as functions to $\mathbb{R}$ and not to $\mathbb{R}\cup \{\pm\infty\}$. By Rockafellar's book ...
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The conjugate relation between two functions.

Suppose $K\in \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$, $x\in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $y\in \mathbb{R}^m$. Let a function $F: \mathbb{R}^m \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $F(y)$. Let $y=Kx$, $G(x)=F(Kx)$. Suppose $G(x)=F(Kx)$, ...
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How to show this converges in probability

$A_n(s)$ is a sequence of convex random functions defined on an open set $S\in \mathbb{R}^p$ which converges in probability to some $A(s)$ for each $s$. I'm trying to show that $\sup_{s\in K} \big| ...
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Equality constrained Quadratic Program

Consider the QP $$ x^* = \arg \min_{\displaystyle x \in \mathbb{R}^n{\geq 0}} \ \frac{1}{2} x^\top P x + q^\top x \ \text{ sub. to: } A x = b, $$ where $P \succ 0$. Without the non-negativity ...
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Are there necessary and sufficient conditions for Krein-Milman type conclusions?

This, the third of three self-answered questions, contains a proof of necessary and sufficient conditions for Krein-Milman type conclusions. The first question is here. The second question is here. ...
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Conditions for augmenting a collection of sets so that the new sets are small but the hull is large?

This is the second of three self-answered questions which will culminate in a proof of necessary and sufficient conditions for Krein-Milman type conclusions. The first question is here. The third ...
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Convexity of LASSO

I would like to know if some variables in design matrix are correlated then LASSO is convex or not. If you give me a proof for convexity of LASSO and ADAPTIVE lasso, I will be thankful. LASSO is ...
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When do partial subgradients give a subgradient?

I'm looking for sufficient conditions that guarantee that partial subgradients of a convex, lower-semicontinuous functional $f:X_1\times X_2\rightarrow\overline{\mathbb{R}}$ form a subgradient of $f$. ...
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Are there necessary and sufficient conditions so that every element in a partially ordered set is either the least element or in the upset of an atom?

This is the first of three self-answered questions which will culminate in a proof of necessary and sufficient conditions for Krein-Milman type conclusions. The second question is here. The third ...
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Strictly convex unit balls in $L^p$

I need to show that if $1<p<\infty$, then the unit ball is strictly convex in $L^p$, that is, $||\lambda x+(1-\lambda)y|| < 1$ whenever $||f|| = ||g||=1$ and $\lambda \in (0,1)$. I tried ...
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Gradient-descent algorithm always converges to the closest local optima?

Assume $f(\vec x)$, which is Lipschitz continuous, has two local optima $\vec x_1^*$ and $\vec x_2^*$( $\vec x_1^*$ is the global minimum). We start the gradient-descent algorithm from $\vec x_0$ and ...
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On the Composition of simple Projections

Consider the compact convex set $X = \{ x \in \mathbb{R}^n \mid x \geq 0, \ \underline{1}^\top x = 1 \}$. I am wondering if the projection onto $X$ is the composition of the projection on $[0,1]^n$ ...
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Quadratic programs: is the projection onto constraints optimal?

Consider the Quadratic Program $$ x^* := \arg \min_{ x \in X } \ \{ x^\top x + c^\top x \} \ \text{ sub. to: } Ax=b $$ where $X \subset \mathbb{R}^n $ is a non-empty, convex, bounded polyhedron. ...
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something about convex set

Let $M$ be a convex subset in $\mathbb R^n$ and $\partial M=\emptyset$. Then $M=\emptyset$ or $\mathbb R^n$. This can be deduced by Theorem Let $M\subset X$ with $\partial M=\emptyset$ and $X$ is ...
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Establishing convexity of a function

Let $\theta \in \Theta \subset \mathbb{R}^k$. I have the following objective function $$ F(\theta):=||\max(0,f_1(\theta)),...,\max(0,f_n(\theta))||^2 $$ where $||\cdot||$ is the Euclidean Norm and ...
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Proving that $0 \in A \implies h_A = j_{A^\circ}$

Where $h_A$ is the support function of $A$ and $j_{A^\circ}$ the Minkowski functional of the polar set of $A$ There is a "proof" in my course which I don't understand: " Let $x \in A$ and $t>0$ ...
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Projection onto convex set defined by $\|\mathbf{t} -\mathbf{W}^T\mathbf{y}\|^2 \leq k$

I want to use the method of Projections Onto Convex Sets, and for the problem at hand I need to find a closed form solution for $\mathbf{P}_C$, the projection onto set $C$, defined as: $$C = \{ ...
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Existence of global minimum

Could someone help me with this problem? Let $C$, $D$ convex and closed sets such that the intersection is empty. I want to show that the function $f: \mathbb{R^n} \to \mathbb{R}$ defined by $f(x) = ...
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Is the set of convex bodies include in a closed ball compact?

I consider the set $\mathcal{K}_B$ of convex bodies (convex and compact) which are include inside the unit closed ball of $\mathbb{R}^d$. I endow this set with the Hausdorff distance. Is it compact?
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A convex function has a lower bound?

Suppose that $f=f(x)$ is strictly convex for $x\in\mathbb{R}$, i.e. there exists $\epsilon>0$ such that $f''(x)\geq\epsilon>0$ for $x\in\mathbb{R}$. Does there exist $\delta>0$ such that ...
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convex hull function in matlab

Is there any way to compute the convex hull of a finite set of points in Matlab and gives the half-space representation as its result? I usually use a toolbox called MPT developed at ETHZ Zurich, but ...
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Mid-point convexity does not imply convexity

A function $f: X \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is said to be mid-point convex if for all $x, y \in X$, we have $f(\frac{x + y}{2}) \leq \frac{f(x) + f(y)}{2}$. Can you please give an example of a function ...