A non-linear optimization problem includes an objective function (to be minimized or maximized) and some number of equality and/or inequality constraints where the objective or some of the constraints are non-linear. Use this tag for questions related to the theory of solving such problems or for ...

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Constrained Optimization : Minimize sum of dot products

I am working on a problem to minimize sum of dot product. The problem can be stated as following. Given a matrix where each element is either 0 or 1. $$ \ A_{ij} = \{0,1\}; $$ with the constraint ...
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Constrained non-linear Optimization using Newton's method - Portfolio optimization

I want to solve following constrained optimization problem from portfolio optimization: The solution is supposed to be a modified risk parity portfolio: The optimization problem is: \begin{align} ...
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How can I find the unit vector that minimizes the number of nonzero projections that a set of points has on it?

$\underset{\mathbf{w}}{\min} ~ \|\mathbf{X}^T\mathbf{w}\|_1~~~\text{subject to:}~ \|\mathbf{w}\|_2^2=1$ where $\mathbf{X}\in\mathbb{R}^{d\times m}$ is a set of $d$-dimensional points and $m>d$. ...
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Minimizing a non-convex rational function of two variables

I need to minimize the following function $$f(x,y)= \frac{a}{x}+\frac{bx}{y}+\frac{cy}{x}+dy+\frac{e}{y}$$ where $a,b,c,d$, and $e$ are positive constants, and $x$ and $y$ are both strictly positive. ...
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Constrained Quadratic Optimization(Reproducing Kernel)

I am attempting to use a constrained quadratic optimization to find the coefficients of a reproducing kernel. The problem is as follows: $y(t)=\sum_{i=0}^J\alpha_iK(t, t_i)$ $Q(\alpha)= ...
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Solving for gradient of Frobenius norm term

Let's first define a couple of variables: $A,B,C \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}, D \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$, and $\mu$ is a scalar. Say I have an ADMM sub-problem that looks like this: $\arg ...
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How to solve this optimization problem with equality constraints?

I want to find $\delta_j$ in the following optimization problem. My variables are $\gamma_i$ and $\delta_j$ (all other symbols are known parameters). Assume $i\in\{1,\ldots,9\}$ and ...
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Non-linear optimization with unknown derivative and real numbers only

Background I'm trying to optimize a set of 7 parameters which are the core configuration of some external engine (specifically Solr parameters). I already have an optimization function which grades ...
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Non-convex constraint made cost

Consider the non-convex optimization problem $$ \min_{x \in X} \ f(x) \quad \text{s.t.:} \ \ g(x) \leq 0, \ h(x) = 0 $$ where $X \subset \mathbb{R}^{2n}$ is compact and convex, $f$ and $g$ are ...
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Maximizing the uniformity of density function subject to moment constraints

Background I want to find a probability measure for a continuous random variable, subject to moment constraints, that is maximally "uniform", as defined below: Definition: Maximally Uniform ...
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Concave Quadratic Program

Let $X \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be compact and convex. Consider $$ x^* := \arg\min_{x \in X} x^\top Q x + c^\top x $$ where $Q \prec 0$. I am wondering if there are cases where $x^*$ can be written as ...
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Hint for KKT Optimization problem

Can anyone help me with the following optimization problem please? I have to find the $\max f(c,y_1^1,\cdots,y_{N-1}^1,\cdots,y_1^M,\cdots,y_{N-1}^M)=c$ subject to the constraints ...
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Convex optimization approximation

Consider the optimization problem $\mathcal{P}_0$ $$ \min_{x \in \mathbb{R}^2} \left\| x-p \right\|^2 $$ $$ \text{sub. to: } \ A x \leq b, \ \ x_1^2 + x_2^2 = 1 $$ where $p \in \mathbb{R}^2$ is a ...
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Model $\min \frac{1}{2} \parallel Ax-B \parallel_2 + \lambda_1 \parallel Cx \parallel_1 + \lambda_2 \parallel Dx \parallel_\infty $ into standard form

I need to solve the following convex optimization problem: $\min \frac{1}{2} \parallel Ax-B \parallel_2 + \lambda_1 \parallel Cx \parallel_1 + \lambda_2 \parallel Dx \parallel_\infty$ s.t $x ...
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Minimize $\ell_1$ norm subject to $\ell_2$ constraint

I am trying to solve the following optimization problem: $$\min_{\|Px\|_2=1} \|x\|_1$$ I know it is non-convex. But some non-convex problems are still solvable. Update $P$ is 2x3. $x$ is a ...
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Finding optimal velocity profile using Dynamic Programming

This question has been asked on scicomp but I thought maybe it's more a mathematical problem of how Bellman's idea is to be applied here. The main problem for me is: How to introduce the time ...
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Levenberg's original article “A method for the solution of certain problems in least squares”

Does there exist any digital copy of the original article (or a transcript) K. Levenberg, A method for the solution of certain problems in least-squares, Quart. Appl. Math. 2 (1944): 164-168? It is ...
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Constrained optimization using a cutting plane on a tetrahedron

Consider the figure below where $(a,b,c,d)$ is a tetrahedron and $p=(1-t)a+tb$ is a point on the $ab$ segment. If $n_a$ and $n_b$ are two unit vectors associated with $a$ and $b$, respectively, then ...
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Evolutionary algorithm

Can someone provide me a good reference for the CMA-ES algorithm? I'm new in the world of optimization and just reading the author reference doesn't help me a lot. I know the basic idea of a genetic ...
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Maximizing “log det + log sum exp” function

I'm trying to find a numerical solution to the following optimization problem $$ \text{maximize } f(M) = \frac{1}{2} \log \det(M) + \log \sum_{i=1}^n \exp \left\{ - \frac{1}{2} x_i^T M x_i + a_i ...
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A non-linear optimization problem involving logarithms

I have a log likelihood function that I'm trying to minimize: $-\log(L) = -(\sum_i^n{c_i \log(a_i x + b_i y)} - \sum_i^n{\log(c_i!)} - x \sum_i^n{a_i} - y \sum_i^n{b_i})$ The function is only ...
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Optimization problems on the circle

Consider the optimization problem $$ \min_{x \in \mathbb{R}^2} x^{\top} P x + q^{\top} x$$ subject to: $$ A x = b, \ x \in X, \ x_1^2 + x_2^2 = 1$$ where $X$ is compact and convex. Then ...
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Analysing/Visualising shape of multi-variate function.

I have an unknown function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ for which I'm determining a first order Taylor approximation through a non-linear optimization process in six variables (the ...
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project a point onto the intersection of surfaces

I have several non linear equations $g_i$ that represent surfaces $s_i$. Their intersection form the surface $S$. For example $s_1 : g_1(x_1,x_2,...,x_n)=c_1$ ... $s_n : g_m(x_1,x_2,...,x_n)=c_m$ ...
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Max of $3$-Variable Function

I'm trying the find the maximum of the function $$f(a,b,c)=\frac{a+b+c-\sqrt{a^2+b^2+c^2}}{\sqrt{ab}+\sqrt{bc}+\sqrt{ca}}$$ for all nonnegative real numbers $a, b, c$ with $ab + bc + ca > 0$. I ...
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Armijo conditions vs Reduction Conditions in Non-Linear Line Search

Overview Line search typically consists of four stages: Direction: Search direction Initial Step Size: length to search along the line on the first sub-iteration Bracket: find an interval along the ...
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Finding Shortest distance between a Sphere and Ellipsoid?

Suppose that ,I have a Sphere and an ellipsoid as Sphere: $(x-x_1)^2 + (y-y_1)^2 + (z-z_1)^2 = R_1^2$ Ellipsoid: $\large\frac{(x-x_2)^2}{a^2} + \frac{(y-y_2)^2}{b^2} + \frac{(z-z_2)^2}{c^2} = 1$ ...
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Solve non-linear equation with Matrices

I'm looking more for hints than specific answers, although I would be extremely grateful if provided with one. The problem I have is as follows: $$ -\Sigma (A+\Lambda_1)+I=0 $$ Here A is a constant, ...
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squaring the equality constraints

When creating an unconstrained optimization problem from an equality constrained one, the usual way to build the Lagrangian, is by adding a term consisting of a multiplier, multiplied by the equality ...
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Quadratic Problen with 2 constraints

Could someone help me to solve the following: $\min x^Tx$ s.t. $x^T a=1$ $x^T b=0$ where $x$,$a$ and $b$ are $(N\times1)$ vectors and $1$ and $0$ scalars. Thank you!
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Gradient descent via polynomial approximation

It seems that most proofs of convergence for gradient descent algorithms rely on strong conditions on the first and second derivatives of the function, for instance that $$|f''(x)| \leq K$$ over the ...
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Non-linear least squares with two dependent variables

I have data in the form $(t_i,x_i,y_i)$, i.e. position in 2D as a function of time. I have non-linear equations which I want to fit to the data. They give me a position $(X,Y)$ as a function of time ...
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Determining initial values for optimization problem

I am trying to solve an optimization problem with a quadratic objective function and non-linear constraints, using SQP (Sequential Quadratic Programming). I am attempting at doing the implementation ...
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Properties of the positive definite Hessian matrix of a convex function

I'm reading about nonlinear programming and I'm having trouble understanding the cool properties that a positive definite Hessian matrix $Q$ of $n$-dimensional function $f: \mathbf{R}^n\rightarrow ...
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Can difference of the $log$ function be approximated?

I am currently trying to optimize a problem. $$\text{ArgMax}_x \log(1+f_1(x))-\log(1+f_2(x))$$ Due to the fact that $\log (x)$ is a monotonic increasing function, this is equivalent as to ...
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Eliminate 2 variables from 3 equations with lots of parameters

I want to eliminate the variables x and y from these 3 equations in a way that all parameters appear in one equation without x and y: ...
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sum of logarithms of linear-fractional functions Optimization Problem

I am new to optimization theory and I am facing this optimization problem. \begin{equation} maximize \qquad f(x) = \sum_{i} ...
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First and second derivatives of barrier term in a quadratic programming problem

I am implementing an algorithm of Dang and Xu's, ``Non-convex Quadratic Programming Problem with Box Constraints'' and I'm hoping that somebody could verify what I'm doing. Their algorithm minimizes ...
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Strong duality: When does the optimal primal variable coincide with the primal variable giving the dual function.

I'm considering the inequality-constrained optimization problem of finding $$ x^{\star} = \arg \min_{x} f(x) \;\; \text{s.t.} \;\; h(x) \le 0 $$ which is assumed to have a unique minimizer. The ...
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Do we need steepest descent methods, when minimizing quadratic functions?

I'm studying about nonlinear programming and steepest descent methods for quadratic multivariable functions. I have a question highlighted in the following picture: My question is: If we can ...
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The quadratic case in nonlinear programming

I'm reading about nonlinear programming and I stumbled into the following statement where I started to wonder a bit: Consider the function $$f(\textbf{x}) = ...
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Goldstein test in nonlinear programming

I'm reading about nonlinear programming and the Goldstein test. Here is the definition from my book: A line search accuracy test that is frequently used is the Goldstein test. A value of ...
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Above what order of magnitude a pure cutting-plane algorithm must be forgotten in favour of branch-and-cut?

Crawling the web on the subject of the cutting-plane algorithm, I have seen everywhere that a pure cutting-plane method cannot be used for numerical instability reasons after some iterations. But do ...
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Can Gomory's cutting plane be used to solve Mixed Integer Linear Programs?

Do you know if Gomory's cut can be used to solve MILP problems ? I have read that Gomory's cut is useful when all variables are integer, but what if just some of them are integer ? Is is necessary ...
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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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Order of convergence for the method of false position

I'm reading about the order of convergence of the method of false position and there is one tricky point in the proof I don't understand. The method itself for finding the minimum $x^*$ of a function ...
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Maximizing the probability of multivariate hypergeometric distribution

Suppose there are $R$ number of red balls, $B$ number of black balls, and $W$ number of white balls in an urn. The total number of balls are $N$, thus, $N = R + B + W$. I draw $M$ number of balls from ...
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Zero-order necessary conditions

I have a question regarding the Zero-order necessary conditions. In my Linear and Nonlinear programming book it is stated: Consider the set $\Gamma \subset E^{n+1} = \{(r,\textbf{x}): r\geq ...
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Minimization problem with amplitude constraint

I have the following minimization problem: $$\left\| \bf{A}x - y\right\|^2 \to min $$ $$s.t. \left|x_i\right| < 1, \forall i,$$ where $\bf{A}$ is the complex matrix with size of $(n\times m)$, ...
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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}): ...