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For questions on Lagrange multipliers, a strategy to solve constrained optimisation problems.

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### Lagrange's multipliers exercise

Can you help me to understand what to do in the following question? The question is just to choose one alternative, justifying your answer. Which of the following sets of restrictions and points ...
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### Augmented Lagrangian

Consider the following equality constraint minimization problem: minimize $\text{ }f(x)$ subject to $Ax=b$ Its Lagrangian is then: $L(x,y) = f(x) + y^T(Ax-b)$ We can use then gradient ascent to ...
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### Find the maximum of $U (x,y) = x^\alpha y^\beta$ subject to $I = px + qy$

Let be $U (x,y) = x^\alpha y^\beta$. Find the maximum of the function $U(x,y)$ subject to the equality constraint $I = px + qy$. I have tried to use the Lagrangian function to find the solution for ...
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### Find the maximum and minimum values in a range

I'm trying to understand how to find the minimum & maximum values of this function: $$f(x,y) = xy-y^2$$ In the following range D: $$D = \{(x,y) \in R^2 : 0 \leq x \leq 1, |y| \leq x^2 \}$$ ...
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### Properties on proximal term

If the equation $x_i$-subproblem showed below is not strictly convex $\arg \min_{x_i}=f_i(x_i)+\frac{\rho}{2}\|A_ix_i+\sum_{j\neq i}A_jx_j^k-c-\frac{\lambda^k}{\rho}\|_2^2$ Why adding the proximal ...
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### How can I find the minimum distance between the origin $(0,0)$ and the curve $y=1-x^2$ using Lagrange multipliers?

I used the curve as the constraint and the origin as the point but I am not sure if that is correct.
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### Optimization: Via manifolds point of view of Lagrange multipliers method

My basis on differential manifolds calculus and differential geometry being very superficial, I'm trying to understand this section on WP's article. I'm not being able to realize why most of the ...
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### Constrained optimization problem using Largange multipliers: ellipsoid collision detection and response

This one is purely for the mathematics so the result is far less important than the method itself. My task is to implement a fast and efficient ellipsoid collision detection and response algorithm. ...
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### Least-squares problem with quadratic equality constraint

I want to find the solution of a Lagrange equation whose inputs are matrices. First I have the equation Ax=0. By decomposing $A$ into $A_3$ (columns 9 to 11 of A), $A_9$ (the rest of the columns), ...
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### Minima of symmetric polynomials subject to two symmetric constraints

The homogeneous symmetric polynomial of degree $k$ in $n$ variables is $$f_k(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n) = \sum_{i_1<i_2<\cdots<i_k}x_{i_1}x_{i_2}\cdots x_{i_k}.$$ Consider the following ...
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### Can't find minimum using Lagrange multipliers

I want to find the minimum of the function $f(x,y) = x + y^2$ with the constraint $2x^2 +y^2 = 1$. Here are my partial derivatives: $$f_x = 1$$ $$f_y = 2y$$ $$g_x = 4x$$ $$g_y = 2y$$ I have the ...
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### Using Lagrange multipliers to find the shortest distance between two straight lines

A problem asks me to use the method of Lagrange multipliers to find the shortest distance between the straight lines $x=y = z$ and $x = -y, z=2$ (It also warns me that using this method is a bit ...
The equation of ellipsoid is $$ax^2+by^2+cz^2+2fyz+2gxz+2hxy+2px+2qy+2rz+d=0$$ The ellipsoid is arbitary rotated and the orientation angle are given and center is at (x',y',z'). The radius of the ...