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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Lagrange Multipliers for Function Spaces

For some constant $A > 1$ I am trying to solve the constrained minimization problem minimize $F(u)$ in $C$ subject to $H(u) = 0$. Here $F(u) = \int -u dx$ and $H(u) = \int \sqrt{1 + (u')^2} dx - ...
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Lagrangian Multipliers

I have a fundamental question about Lagrange multipliers. Here it is: I have a function to maximize with respect to a parameter say $\theta$, subject to two constraints. Lets assume that the first ...
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simple-looking non-convex optimization problem

I want to solve the following problem: Maximize $\sum_{i=1}^n\log(1+\lambda_i^2)$ subject to $\lambda_i >0$ and $\sum_{i=1}^n\lambda_i = M$. I was wondering how I could cast it as a convex problem. ...
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solving linear program with rank constraint?

I have a linear program where the variables are n vectors. Now I'd like to impose an extra constraint that k (k<=n) of the n vectors are linearly independent, or the matrix with the n vectors as ...
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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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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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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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How to reformulate this Set covering problem?

I am trying to solve the following implementation of the set covering problem of a crew rostering problem. Here constraint (19), meant to create a 12-hour break between the different shifts taken by ...
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How to find the minimal value of this function under such constraint

$f(x,y)=x-\sqrt{y-x^2}$ with $a<x<b$ and $x^2<y<c*x-d$. What I did is, first take partial derivative at $x$ and $y$ respectively, however, there is no critical point because fy is always ...
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Does having a zero eigenvalue preclude a matrix from being indefinite?

If a $3\times3$ matrix has a positive eigenvalue, a negative eigenvalue, and a zero eigenvalue, is it then, by definition, indefinite? I think so, since the matrix has both a positive and a negative ...
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How does this polar function behave?

I came across this question in my textbook for Nonlinear Optimisation and I don't know what to do: Consider the function: $$ f(x_1,x_2)=(r-1)^2-\frac{1}{2}(r-1)^2\cos \left( \frac{1}{r-1}-\phi ...
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How do one solve a nonlinear combinatoric problem?

I am an undergraduate CS student and I am struggling with a problem. $Qx = b$ where $Q$ is a constant $m \times n$ matrix (with $m>n$), $x$ is a $n \times 1$ vector and $b$ is a $m\times 1$ ...
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Solver for sparse linearly-constrained non-linear least-squares

Reposted from stackoverflow on the advice of Nick Rosencrantz: Are there any algorithms or solvers for solving non-linear least-squares problems where the jacobian is known to always be sparse, and ...
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Optimizing non linear programs of two variables

The scenario is; We've got $n$ stationary 360$^{\circ}$ sensors in an confined area (each sensor is located at some arbitrary $\left(x,y\right) = \left(x_{n},y_{n}\right)$), once a unit $t$ enters ...
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Optimization problem with ratio objective

I need to solve the following optimization problem $$ \text{maximize} \quad \frac{(a^T x)^2}{x^TBx+c^T|x|} \quad \text{subject to} \quad \|x\|_1=1 \quad (\text{or alternatively} \quad c^T|x|=1), $$ ...
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Prove or disprove the conjecture about the function below.

After thousands of numerical tests we stated the conjecture that their is exactly one local extremum of the function below. $$ {\rm f}\left(w\right) = {1 \over 2}\sum_{i = 1}^{n}\left({1 \over 1 + ...
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How can I solve Lagrange multiplier equation with multi constraints?

This site is really awesome. :) I hope that we can share our ideas through this site! I have an equation as below, $$ min \ \ w^HRw \ \ subject \ \ to \ \ w^HR_aw=J_a, \ w^HR_bw=J_b$$ If there is ...
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Applied Math: Finding Roots

I am taking a Numerical Computation class, and we are currently learning about Newton's Method for finding the roots of a system of non-linear equations. I have no problems understanding how 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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What change of variables, if any, transforms this nonconvex problem into a convex one?

I'm looking for a convex reformulation, if any exists, of the following minimisation problem: Let $A$ be a symmetric, positive definite $n \times n$ matrix, and $b \in \mathbb{R}^n$. Minimise ...
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$\sum\limits_{k=0}^{19} \sqrt{1+u_k^2} \rightarrow \min$

Solve $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{19} \sqrt{1+u_k^2} \rightarrow \min$, such that $x_0 = 0, x_{20} = 5$ and $x_{k+1} - x_k = u_k$. I think I know how to solve problems like these recursively, but I ...
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Maximalization of a cubic puzzle

What is the maximal volume of a post package of length $L$, width $W$ and height $H$, subject to the following restrictions: $L+W+H \leq 90 $ $L \leq 60$, $W \leq 60$, $H \leq 60$ Intuitively I ...
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Nonlinear optimization with rotation matrix constraint

I'm trying to optimize the equation || R - W || = minimum where W is a predetermined 3x3 matrix and R is the 3x3 matrix that I'm trying to optimize, with the ...
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Why is the conjugate direction better than the negative of gradient, when minimizing a function

In gradient descent we minimize a function $f(\textbf{x})$, by using the update rule: $$\textbf{x}_{t+1} = \textbf{x}_t-\alpha\nabla f(\textbf{x}_t).$$ We also know, that at each iteration we have ...
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min : sum of L2 norm and squared-L2 norm.

Is there a closed-form solution of the following convex problem: $$\min_x \| x - u \| + C \| x - v \|^2$$ where $\| \cdot \|$ is the L2 norm.
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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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Optimizing trigonometric and nonlinear functions

First, Please, keep in mind that I'm a programmer not mathematician, and I have a fair mathematical background. I used optimization in Java to fit some observations to a trigonometric function, I ...
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non linear optimization

How to solve this optimization problem using matlab or some other tool. I know that, this is a convex problem with non-linear constraint $\rho\geq \rho_{min}$ , so i have tried many times it in ...
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Prove every local minimum is a global minimum

Let $Q\in\mathbb{R^{dxd}}$ and $A\in\mathbb{R^{d'xd}}$ be two matrixes and $b\in\mathbb{R^d}$, $c\in\mathbb{R^{d'}}$. Suppose $d'\lt d $. For $x\in\mathbb{R^d}$. Minimize $$f(x)= ...
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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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Lasso with linear constraints

I want to efficiently solve the following optimization problem: \begin{align} \min &\quad \left\|\mathbf{x}-\mathbf{x}_0\right\|_2^2 + \lambda\left\|\mathbf{x}\right\|_1\\ \text{Subject to}& ...
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Modified Cholesky factorization and retrieving the usual LT matrix

I have been looking at the modified Cholesky decomposition suggested by the following paper: Schnabel and Eskow, A Revised Modified Cholesky Factorization Algorithm, SIAM J. Optim. 9, pp. 1135-1148 ...
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Condition for existence of Lagrange-multiplier

Using the implicit function theorem one can prove the following: Let $X,Y$ be Banach-spaces, $U\subset X$ open, $f\colon U\to \mathbf{R}$, $g\colon U\to Y$ continuously differentiable function. If ...
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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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Which optimization algorithm converges faster?

everyone. I'm having a large scale unconstrained optimization problem. If I treat the unconstrained problem as a constrained problem with infinity constraints, I should be able to use both the ...
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Formulate the Langrangian function of a non-linear optimization problem and solve it for $y\geq0$

Consider the (non-linear) optimization problem ($P$) $$max \quad3x_1 + 4x_2$$ $$s.t. \quad x_1^2 + x_2^2 \leq 25$$ $$ \quad x_1,x_2 \geq 0$$ Formulate the Lagrangian function ...
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Python numerical solution for a nonlinear second order ODE with two boundary conditions

I want to solve numerical the next equation, in Python $$u''(x) = \left( a - \Big(b\big(u(x)^{2}\big)\Big) \right) \big(u'(x)\big)^{3}$$ it is a nonlinear second order $ODE$ with two $B.C$. ...
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optimality of quadratic programming problems

Suppose we have a general quadratic programming problem: \begin{align} \min_{x}\,\,&c^Tx+\frac{1}{2}x^TQx,\\ \mbox{s.t.}\,\,& Ax=b,\\ &x\geq0, \end{align} where $Q$ is positive ...
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Numerical/artifical damping in forward Euler?

I'm testing a code to find periodic solutions of nonlinear structural vibrating systems by solving a global time-discretized periodic system of equations. I am using a forward Euler (first order ...
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Control on Conformal map

Let $\Omega$ be smooth simply connected open set of $\mathbb{R}^2$ such that $\overline{\Omega}$ is compact. We know that there exists a conformal diffeomorphism $\psi$ from $\mathbb{D}$ to $\Omega$. ...
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Nonlinear optimization question

For (x,y) in $\mathbb R^2$, consider f(x,y) = $x^2 -2xy + \frac{4}{3}y^2 - 4y$ Find the local minimum of f. Is it a strict local minimum? Compute the $\lim\limits_{|(x,y)|\to \infty}$ f(x,y) to decide ...
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Positive values for a set of quadratic forms of Hermitian Matrices. (To find a set of vectors in which a hermitian matrix is positive definite)

Assume all matrices I discuss about are $N \times N$ and the vectors conform with dimensions. Consider the following set of Quadratic inequalities where all the matrices $A_i$ are hermitian. ...
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how to compute the gradient of a function at an extremal point

I am writing a computer program that searches for the minimum of a multivariate function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$. This function is in fact the sum of many functions: $$f(x) = \sum_{i=1}^m ...
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When $\min \max = \max \min$?

Let $X \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and $Y \subset \mathbb{R}^m$ be compact sets. Consider a continuous function $f : X \times Y \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. Say under which condition we have $$ \min_{x \in ...
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Algorithm for GRG2 method of solving non-linear least square

I have been looking for quite a while for an algorithm for the GRG2 method either in a .net assembly or an algorithm i could program myself but I cant find a decent representation of the algorithm to ...
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Finding a function that satisfies constraints numerically

I have the following system of equations for function $p(y)$ and I need help debugging my solution: $$\begin{align} 0&=\log(p(y))+1-\lambda-\gamma y^2-\eta ...
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Using KKT conditions to maximize function

The goal is to maximize the following function: \begin{align} K_p(q) = q\log \frac{q}{p} + (1-q)\log \frac{1-q}{1-p} \end{align} where \begin{align} 0 \leq q \leq 1 \end{align} and $p \in (0,0.5)$ and ...
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Does Slater's condition hold for the following problem?

Does Slater condition hold trivially (because there are no inequality constraints) for the problem: $$\min_{x,y} \:\: cx+dy$$ s.t. $$e^x + e^y = 1.$$ Can I conclude there is a zero duality gap ...
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discrete nonlinear convex optimization relaxation over a dense set

Be a discrete nonlinear convex optimization problem $P$ \begin{align} \underset{x\in \mathrm{C}^n}{\mathrm{min}} \ \ \ f(x) \\ Ax=b \\ c \leq x \leq d \end{align} $C$ is a dense in $F$. Is solving ...
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Can you suggest a method to split a function in two parts such that the two parts may represent equitable magnitude contribution. [closed]

I was thinking about the sum of a even and odd function but the domain for the problem is positive real numbers only.