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

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minimizing $\sum_{i=1}^n \max(|x_i - x|, |y_i - y|)$

Suppose there are $n$ points $(x_i, y_i)$ for $i = 1,\ldots,n$. Please find another point $(x, y)$ to minimize function: $$\sum_{i=1}^n \max(|x_i - x|, |y_i - y|)$$
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Please explain the intuition behind the dual problem in optimization.

I've studied convex optimization pretty carefully, but don't feel that I have yet "grokked" the dual problem. Here are some questions I would like to understand more deeply/clearly/simply: 1) How ...
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Difference between supremum and maximum

Referring to this lecture , I want to know what is the difference between supremum and maximum. It looks same as far as the lecture is concerned when it explains pointwise supremum and pointwise ...
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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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Convexity of the product of two functions in higher dimensions

Exercise 3.32 page 119 of Convex Optimization is concerned with the proof that if $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}:x\mapsto f(x)$ and $g:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}:x\mapsto g(x)$ are both ...
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Prove or disprove that the given expression is “always” positive

I have previously asked a question and I tried to solve it by my own and it led to the question below: Prove or disprove that ...
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Simple resource for Lagrangian constrained optimization?

Just had an optimization lecture. I understand unconstrained methods like Newton and Gradient descent just fine, as well as the ideas that give rise to them. I don't really understand the ideas that ...
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Confusion related to proximal newton method

I was reading this method related to proximal newton methods http://machinelearning.wustl.edu/mlpapers/paper_files/NIPS2012_0388.pdf. I came across this page I didn't get what this part means $ ...
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can we prove that a certain supremum of affine functions is frechet differentiable or at least continuous?

Let $X$ be a Hilbert space. Let $A\colon \operatorname{dom} A\to X$ be linear operator with closed graph (not necessarily bounded). Define $$ g\colon \operatorname{dom}A\to \mathbb{R}:x\mapsto ...
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Maximizing a function by finding derivative

I want to find the value of $\vec{p}$, $p_s$, $p_t$ each of which is a function of the form $f:\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ that maximize the following function : $$\begin{align} \int_\mathbb{R^2} ...
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To prove the existing and uniqueness of a solution

Let function $f$ be differentiable and convex in $R^{n}$. How can it be proved that $\forall \lambda > 0$ solution of system equations $f'(x) = -\lambda x$ exists exclusively ($\exists \hspace{3mm} ...
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How to solve this optimization problem?

Suppose I have the following problem: Maximize: $\quad\quad x_1+x_2+x_3+x_4$ Subject to: $\quad\quad \dfrac{\gamma\;a_1\;x_1}{\gamma\;a_2\;x_4+1}\geq1$, $\quad\quad\quad\quad\;\;\quad\quad ...
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Derivation of soft thresholding operator

I was going through the derivation of soft threholding at http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22893361/papers/Soft%20Threshold%20Proof.pdf. It says the three unique solutions for $\operatorname{arg ...
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Properties of the Cone of Positive Semidefinite Matrices

The set of positive semidefinite symmetric real matrices form a cone. We can define an order over the set of matrices by saying $X\geq Y$ if and only if $X-Y$ is positive semidefinite. I suspect that ...
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Dual to the dual norm is the original norm (?)

I have the following questions about dual norms : How do you prove that the dual of the dual norm is in fact the original norm? This is what I have so far: If I have $\|y\|_* $ as the norm dual of ...
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Why is convexity more important than quasi-convexity in optimization?

In the mathematical optimization literature it is common to distinguish problems according to whether or not they are convex. The reason seems to be that convex problems are guaranteed to have ...
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Optimize a log det function with respect to a matrix, and the saddle point analysis

Suppose I want to to find the local minima of a logdet function $\mathcal{L}$ with respect to a Matrix $\mathbf{A}$, $$ \mathcal{L} = \log\vert \mathbf{I} + \mathbf{A}\mathbf{S} \vert - ...
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What is the difference between minimum and infimum?

What is the difference between minimum and infimum? I have a great confusion about this.
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Is inverse matrix convex?

I wonder a generalization of Jensen's inequality: let $\mathbf{X,Y}$ be two positive definite matrices, can we obtain the following Jensen like inequality ...
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If the Minkowski sum of two convex closed sets is a Euclidean ball, then can the two sets be anything other than Euclidean balls?

If for two convex closed sets $S_1$ and $S_2$, the Minkowski sum is a Euclidean ball then can $S_1$ and $S_2$ be anything other than Euclidean balls themselves. I suspect they can be but I haven't ...
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When finding root, does Newton's method fail if the function is non-differentiable?

According to wikipedia's description, the Newton's method finding a root presumes a differentiable function. Then, will it fail when encountering non-differentiable function? For example, can it find ...
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Degeneracy in Linear Programming

Consider the standard form polyhedron, and assume that the rows of the matrix A are linearly independent. $$ \left \{ x | Ax = b, x \geq 0 \right \} $$ (a) Suppose that two different bases lead to ...
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How to get the minimum and maximum of one convex function?

Condition: $h,f\in \mathbb{C}^{N\times1}, \text{where}f =\hat{f} + e \text{ and } e^H e \leq 1,\ \ \ Q=h^Hff^Hh$. The Lagrangian function of $Q$ is $\mathcal{L} = h^H(\hat{f} + e)(\hat{f} + e)^Hh + ...
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Explain `All polyhedrons are convex sets´

My teacher in course in Mat-2.3140 of Aalto University claims that 'All polyhedrons are convex sets' here. This premise was in a false-or-not-problem 'The feasible set of linear integer problem is ...
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Convex Combination of Hermitian Matrices

Assume all the matrices I discuss about are $N \times N$. Consider any two hermitian matrices $A_1$ and $A_2$ which are indefinite. The question is, In general, for any $A_1$ and $A_2$, does there ...
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a convex function on a 2 dimensional closed convex set

Let us say I have a closed compact convex set $\mathbb{S}$ on the 2-D plane (eg: a circle). Let any point $p$ in the 2-D plane be represented by $p=(x,y)$. I define the max function over 2-D plane ...
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Explain Complementary Slackness $\mu_i g_i(x^*)=0\forall i$

Wikipedia here explains it like this: I understand it so that either $\mu_i=0$ or $g_i=0$ but this answer here: "If μ1≠0 and μ2≠0, then x is one of the two points at the intersection of the two ...
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Need advice: what should be my next step?

I am dealing with a quite algebraic question and I arrived at some good point. I had $2$ equations with $2$ unknowns and I was able to eleminate one of the variables. My final equation still seems ...
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a conjecture on norms and convex functions over polytopes

Suppose one has a convex, bounded polytope P $\subset R^n$ and a strictly convex function $f$ defined everywhere on $R^n$. $f$ has a unique minimum; and suppose this minimum occurs somewhere strictly ...
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Optimization of relative entropy

Wondering if my following question is an application of information theory: Lets say we have a factory and ship boxes of stuff outside. If a competitor stands outside my factory, observes the stream ...
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How many points to find a polynomial?

I would like to fit a formula $ax^b + cx^d+ e$ to a set of points. I have two questions. If my data were perfect, how many points do I need in the worst case to get $a,b,c,d,e$ exactly? If my data ...
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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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Both convex and concave functions

Let $f$ be a function from $\mathbb{R}^n$ to $\mathbb{R}$, which is convex & concave and continuous with $f(0)=0$. How to prove that $f(x)=q\cdot x$ for all $x$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$, for a scalar ...
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Question about the simplex method complexity

So I know that in general the simplex method for linear and convex quadratic programming can require exponential time. But assuming a positive semidefinite quadratic program that is solvable by the ...
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How to maximize an entropy function?

I'm very novice in optimization and have a convex optimization function of form $\sum_{i,k} p_{k,i}*\log{p_{k,i}} $ to minimize with the following constraints: $\forall i, a_i = \sum_{k=1}^{m} b_k. ...
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Recovering the solution of optimization problem from the dual problem

In the context of (most of the times convex) optimization problems - I understand that I can build a Lagrange dual problem and assuming I know there is strong duality (no gap) I can find the optimum ...
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Minimization of norms

How do I minimize the following? $ min_{z>0} - zt + 1/2\ z\ ||\ Y + X_k\ /\ z\ ||_2^2 $ Also, $X_k^TX_k = 1 \ \ \forall k $ I am given that the answer should be : $ \sqrt{Y^T - 2t} + Y^TX$ ...
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Prove the supremum of the set of affine functions is convex

Let $\langle f_i \rangle _{i \in I}$ be a family of affine functions on a convex and compact set $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R^d}$ such that $f_i = a_i.x +b_i$ for $x \in \Omega$. Prove that f, defined by ...
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Trace of a quadratic function, Convexity

Is trace($XX^T$) a convex function of matrix $X$? A linear function of a quadratic should be convex, but I could not prove by definition.
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Proof of the Moreau decomposition property of proximal operators?

Given the prox operator i.e. $ prox_h (x) = arg min_u (h(u) + 1/2 ||u-x||^2_2) $ the Moreau decomposition property says that $ x = prox_h (x) + prox_{h^*} (x) $ where $h^*$ is the conjugate of ...
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What is a convex optimisation problem? Objective function convex, domain convex or codomain convex?

My teacher in the course Mat-2.3139 did not want to answer this question because it would take too much time. So what does a convex optimisation problem actually mean? Convex objective function? ...
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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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Absract convergence of a suboptimal version of steepest descent

I'm looking for a citable reference to fill in a gap in an intermediate step of a proof which requires convergence of a suboptimal version of steepest descent. The function $f:\bf{R}^n\to\bf{R}^n$ I ...
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A minimization problem

Define $$L(w,u)=\frac{1}{2}\|w-u\|^2+\beta \left\|\frac{w}{x}\right\|,~w,u\in \Bbb{R}^n$$ where $$\frac{w}{x}=\left(\frac{w_1}{x_1},\ldots, \frac{w_n}{x_n}\right)$$ $$\|x\|=\sqrt{x_1^2+\cdots+x_n^2}$$ ...
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How many methods for smoothing an unsmoothed function?

Which is the simplest one? For example, we smooth $f(x)=|x|$ to $$f(x)=\begin{cases} \frac{x^2}{\epsilon}+\frac{\epsilon}{2} & |x| \le \epsilon\\ |x| & |x|\ge epsilon ...
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Are these convex optimization problems equivalent?

Consider the optimization problem $$ \mathcal{P}_1: \qquad \min_{x \in \mathbb{R}^n} c^\top x \quad \text{sub. to } \ g(x,y_i) \leq 0 \ \ \forall i = 1,2,...,M$$ where $c \in \mathbb{R}^n$, and ...
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Is $ \sum_{1 \le k \le n} (y_k - a x_k^b + c x_k^d + e)^2 $ convex?

Over at How many points to find a polynomial? it was suggested to minimize $$ f(a,b,c,d,e) = \sum_{1 \le k \le n} (y_k - a x_k^b + c x_k^d + e)^2 .$$ However I don't know if it is possible to find ...
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Minimize Function over Convex Subset

Suppose that C is a closed convex subset of $\mathbb R^n$ and $x \in \mathbb R^n$. The projection of $\mathbf x$ onto C is the closest point $\mathbf y \in C : \mathbf z = \mathbf y$ minimizes ...
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Is the geometric-to-arithmetic function convex or concave?

Consider a vector $\mathbf{x} \in \mathbb{R}_{++}^N$. Also consider two functions, $g(\mathbf{x}): \mathbb{R}^N \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, and $a(\mathbf{x}): \mathbb{R}^N \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, ...
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Concave function divided by a convex function. What is the result?

Let us say that I have a function $f(x)$ that we know is a concave. And let us also say that we have another function $g(x)$ that is a convex. If I make a new function, $h(x) = \frac{f(x)}{g(x)}$, ...