Convex Optimization is a special case of mathematical optimization. It includes Linear Programming and least-squares.

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How to prove a set of positive semi definite matrices forms a convex set?

Let $C$ be the set of positive semi-definite matrices, how can I prove it is a convex set?
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L1 regularized SVM in Matlab

Minimizing the following SVM formulation \begin{align} \arg\min_{\mathbf{w}}\frac{1}{2}\|\mathbf{w}\|^2_2 \\ \text{subject to } \quad y_i(\mathbf{w}\cdot\mathbf{x_i}) \ge 1 \end{align} can be done ...
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Reference for gradient descent with unit norm constraint

I faced a non-convex optimization problem with unit norm constraint. I can solve the problem using the gradient descent method and the projection of the gradient onto the tangent plane as in @joriki ...
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An Orthogonal Projection with Weighted Norm

In the context of solving a convex program via projected gradient descent i am facing the following problem: $$\min_{x\in\mathbb R^2}\lVert x-y\rVert_M^2,\qquad\lVert x\rVert\le1$$ or written ...
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multi-objective optimization

I am currently encounterring a optimization problem. The goal is optimize an objective function A and B at the same time. But the problem is that optmizing A will almost always tradoff with B, such ...
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How to show $f(x,y) \leq \theta f(x,y) + (1-\theta)f(x,y)$ for $\theta \in [0,1]$?

Let $\theta \in [0, 1]$. Let $f(x,y)$ be a function. Is there a way I could prove that $f(x,y) \leq \theta f(x,y) + (1-\theta)f(x,y)$? I have tried to start with $f(x,y) = 2f(x,y) - f(x,y)$ or ...
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generalized inequalities defined by proper cones

The generalized inequality defined by a proper cone $K$ is that $x \ge_{K} y$ if $x-y \in K$ for $x,y \in K$. Does this means that for any $x \in K$, we have $x \ge_{K} 0$ since $x - 0 = x \in K$ ? ...
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Origin of Slater's condition

I've been looking all over the internet to answer this question: Slater's condition is a commonly used to certify that strong duality holds in a convex optimization problem. Although used in many ...
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Solving Linearly Constrained Quadratic Programming with Coordinate Descent

Does anybody have any idea about how to solve the following problem with Coordinate Descent? \begin{align} \min &\quad \mathbf{x}^{\top}P\mathbf{x} + b^{\top}\mathbf{x}\\ \text{Subject to}& ...
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Bounded linear function implication

In Stephen Boyd's book boyd uses the theorem that a linear function is bounded below on $R^m$ only when it is zero. I can't really digest this. Csn someone tell me why this holds? I mean if I take a ...
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Checking convexity

I know that the function $(\mathbf{a}-\mathbf{b})'(\mathbf{a}-\mathbf{b})$ is convex in $\mathbf{a}$ ($\mathbf{a}$ and $\mathbf{b}$ are vectors, not scalars). Would ...
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Matrix Maximization

I would like to solve the following optimization problem for a matrix $X$ which is symmetric and positive-semidefinite: $$ \mathrm{maximize} \, \, \, f(X) = \log \mathrm{det} X - k_1 \log(k_2 + a^T X ...
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Compressive sensing with non square matrices

I'm implementing the algorithm in the following paper: "Compressive sensing for wideband cognitive radios" http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=04218361 However I've run into a ...
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What numerical methods are known to solve $L_1$ regularized quadratic programming problems?

What numerical methods are suitable to solve the following problem $$\min_x \tfrac{1}{2}x^T A x + b^Tx + \lambda ||x||_1$$ where $x,b\in\mathbf{R}^n$, and $A\in \mathbf{R}^{n\times n}$ is positive ...
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Using l1 magic toolbox for compressive sensing : Positive definite matricies.

I'm trying to use l1 magic to reconstruct an image from a single pixel camera I've developed. The test functions used are random binary patterns projected onto the object scene, so each pattern is ...
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Strong convexity of a function with cases

Given a set $S = \{x_1,\dotsc,x_n\} \subset \mathbb{R}$, is the function \begin{align} f&: (0,\infty) \to \mathbb{R} \\ f&(p) = 2p^2 + \frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n \max(0, -p^2-x_i) \end{align} ...
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dual value of a linear constraint

Assume a minimization problem. The dual of an inequality '<' constraint is the marginal improvement in the objective function (ie marginal reduction) by marginally increasing the right-hand-side ...
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find the angles of a given vector sum

Assume you have n vectors in 2D space, with different fixed magnitudes $l_i$. The problem is to find the angle of each vector such that vector sum is a specific vector. That is, $\sum l_i \cos ...
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Constrained optimization with complex variables

Is there a theory of constrained optimization with complex variables, do you know any textbook on that topic? The typical textbooks on constrained optimization deal with real variables. I actually ...
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Dual cone of a L1 norm cone?

I am listening to convex optimization lectures and I hear that dual cone of a $L1$ norm cone is a $L-\infty$ norm cone. Can anybody please explain how? I understand that every point in the dual cone ...
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Why does a positive definite matrix defines a convex cone?

I've been working on convex optimization and got stuck. What exactly does a positive definite(p.d) matrix represent geometrically ? what kind of vector space it forms ? If I have a p.d matrix which ...
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Hyperplane separating fraction of points

Given a set of points $S$ and a fraction $\alpha$ I would like to find exactly one hyperplane which divides $S$ such that approximately $\alpha$ points lie on one side and $1-\alpha$ points on the ...
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A question Kolmogrov's generalized inequality for projection onto convex sets

Kolmogrov's inequality says that, if $C$ is a convex set, and $P_C(x)$ is an operator for projecting point $x$ into the convex set $C$, if $z = P_C(x)$, then for any $y \in C$ we have $$ (z - y).(x - ...
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New variable in a convex optimization problem

Consider the convex optimization program $$ \min_{x \in X } x^\top P x + p^\top x \quad \text{ sub. to: } Ax = b $$ where $X \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is compact, $P \succ 0$, $A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times ...
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Optimization problem using Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces

I am encountering a problem concerning Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces (RKHS) in the context of machine learning using Support Vector Machines (SVMs). With refernce to this paper [Olivier Chapelle, ...
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Sums of positive and negative distances to the least squares plane

Let $A_{1}, A_{2}, \ldots, A_{n}$ be points in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ and $\pi_{*}$ be the least squares plane, i. e. $$ \sum \limits_{i = 1}^{n}\rho^{2}(A_{i}, \pi_{*}) = \min_{\pi}\sum \limits_{i = ...
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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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Convex Optimization of quadratic function with inequality constraints

How would I solve the following problem? $$\min_{x\in\mathbb{R}^n} x^T A x$$ subject to the constraints $$x_i\geq 1,\,i=1,\dots,n,$$ where A is positive semidefinite and symmetric. Is it possible to ...
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Using gradient descent and Newton's method combined

I have this function $f(\mathrm{X})$ where $\mathrm{X=A+B+C}$ where $\mathrm{A}$ is a diagonal element with variable $a$ on its diagonal. $\mathrm{B}$ is another diagonal matrix with variable $b$ on ...
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Optimality conditions in convex programming

I'm reading about Zero-order conditions in Nonlinear Programming and the following confuses me (my questions are below the theory): Consider the set $\Gamma \subset E^{n+1} = \{(r,\textbf{x}): ...
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Convex conjugate of $\ell_1$ and $\ell_2$ norm

Given a function $f$, we can define a function $f^{*}$, called the convex conjugate (also known as the Fenchel conjugate) of $f$ as follows: $$ f^*(\vec{z})= \sup_{\vec x \in \mathbb ...
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Confusion related to this optimization algorithm [closed]

I was reading this paper http://rain.aa.washington.edu/@api/deki/files/168/=CDC13_0909.pdf. However, in page 3 of the paper, it has something like this It is saying that the standard dual ...
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Can be x_1 * x_2 >= x_3 * x_4 represented as a second order conic (SOCP) constraint?

I'll like to know if the constraint x_1 * x_2 >= x_3 * x_4 can be represented as an SOCP constraint. Note that setting matrix A = [ x_1 x_3 \\ x_4 x_2] the constraint is equivalent to det(A) >= 0, ...
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KKT and Slater's condition

I was studying Stephen Boyd's text book and got confused in the KKT part. The book says the following: "For any convex optimization problem with differentiable objective and constraint function, any ...
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relation between size of matrix and condition number

I have a matrix A of size NxM. Is there any relationship between size of a matrix A with the condition number ? I am computing the pseudo inverse (pinv in matlab ) ...
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Primal-dual subgradient method

In these notes, an extension of the subgradient method is presented in Section 8 (page 30). The method is described so quickly and neither convergence analysis (compared to classical subgradient for ...
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Why is $L_0$ norm not convex? [closed]

I have this confusion in understanding the convexity of the $L_0$ norm. Why is $L_0$ norm not convex?
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Solving $ \inf \left\{ F[\nu] : \nu \in L^2 , \nu \geq 0, \int _0 ^1 \nu=1\right\}$

Let $\phi \in \mathcal ( [0,1]^2)$ symetric , can we find a solution to the following minimisation problem? $$ \inf \left\{ F[\nu] : \nu \in L^2 , \nu \geq 0, \int _0 ^1 \nu=1\right\}$$ with $$ ...
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closed form solution of a particular convex program

I wish to know if there is a closed form solution of a program of the following form $\max_w x^Tw \text{ such that } \tau_2\| w \|_2 + \tau_1 \| w \|_1 \leq 1, ~\ \tau_1, \tau_2 > 0$ When either ...
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How to prove this function is quasi-convex/concave?

this is the function: $$\displaystyle f(a,b) = \frac{b^2}{4(1+a)}$$
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Formulation and computation of “the” unique median of an even-sized list

Consider an even-sized set of numbers $X = \{x_k\}$, such as $X = \{1, 2, 7, 10\}$. The median $m$ is defined as: $$m = \mathrm{arg \min_x} \sum_k \lvert x_k - x\rvert^1$$ Any $m \in [2, 7]$ is a ...
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Sufficient condition on convex function such that $f(x) > -\infty$ for all $x$.

Let $f : \mathbb R^n \to [-\infty, \infty]$ convex and let $f(\overline x) > -\infty$ for $\overline x \in \mbox{int}(\mbox{dom}(f)$. Show that $f(x) > -\infty$ for all $x \in \mathbb R$. ...
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Why is L21 norm not smooth

I have this confusion. I was reading this paper http://www.cis.temple.edu/~yuhong/research/papers/ijcai13b.pdf. I didn't understand why is L21 norm not smooth?
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Proof of sufficient condition of existence of Lagrange multipliers

Consider the optimization problem $$ (P) \quad \inf\{ f(x) : g_i(x) \le 0, i = 1,\ldots, m, x \in \mathbb R^m \} $$ where $f, g_i : \mathbb R^n \to (-\infty, \infty]$ are convex and $0 \ne ...
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Stochastic convex (conave) functions vs. convex (concave) function

Can someone help me understand the difference beween stochastic convex (conave) functions and convex (concave) function
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Hessian of non-differentiable function

Given a function $f = \max\{f_1,f_2\}$ with $f_1,f_2$ convex and differentiable, I know I can calculate the subgradient of $f$. Is there also an equivalent of the subgradient for the (sub)Hessian? ...
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Proximal Mapping for maximum of linear and quadratic function

I was wondering if there is an efficient way of calculating the proximal mapping of the following function $f : \mathbb{R}^3 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $b_i \in \mathbb{R}^3$, $c_i \in \mathbb{R}$ : $$ ...
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proximal operator of infinity norm

What is the proximal operator of $||x||_\infty $? I know we have to take the subgradient and compute it but I am a bit stuck. Can anyone show me steps?
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formulate this scheduling problem as linear programming problem

Sorry if this very silly, but i am something new to optimization theory: We have $m$ identical Machines and $n$ jobs. A job $j$ can be done in any of the identical machines in $p_{j}$ time units. ...
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Dual norm equivalence?

$\|\|$ is a norm in $R^n$, its dual norm is defined as $\|s\|^*=max_{\|x\|=1}s^Tx$. We denote $s^\#$ as any vector in the following set: [Arg $max_x: \ \ s^Tx-\frac{1}{2}\|x\|^2$] How to verify ...