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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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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Can this multidimensional non-linear equation with constraints be minimized analytically?

I wish to find the vector of real numbers, $\mathbf{w}$, that minimizes the function: $$f(\mathbf{w}\mid\mathbf{p},\mathbf{q})=\sum_{t=0}^T \left[\left(\sum_{i=0}^I w_ip_{ti}\right)-q_t\right]^2,$$ ...
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Are all non-convex problems created equal?

The distinction between convex and non-convex problems is usually dubbed as the distinction between easy and hard problems. While in the convex case you are golden (local optima are global optima; ...
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Optimal String Shape Problem

So here is the problem I am working on, Given a curve of length L connecting the points (0,1) and (1,0) find an expression for the equation of the curve that minimizes the area underneath it. In ...
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Can $\min f'x$ s.t. $(a'x - b)^2 \le d $ be written as a SOCP?

It does not appear to be significantly different from the form listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second-order_cone_programming with (in article notation) $i = {1}$, $ A = a$, and $b$, $d$ as ...
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Least squares problem with orthonormality constraints

Given $y_1,\ldots,y_n\in \mathbb{R}$,$w\in \mathbb{R}^d$, and $x_1,\ldots x_n\in \mathbb{R}^D$, how do we solve the following optimization problem \begin{align} \min_A \sum_{i=1}^n (y_i-w^TA^Tx_i)^2\\ ...
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Scaling factor and weights in Unscented Transform (UKF)

I'm trying to implement the UKF for parameter estimation as described by Eric A. Wan and Rudolph van der Merwe in Chapter 7 of the Kalman Filtering and Neural Networks book: Free PDF I am confused by ...
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Optimization problem with a minimization sub-problem as a constraint

I have a problem, for predefined $x_0,z\in\mathbb{R}$, which looks like $$\min_{\alpha,x} \sum_{i=1}^n \alpha_i f_i(x_i,z) $$ subject to \begin{align} \sum_{i=1}^n \alpha_i &= 1 \\ \sum_{i=1}^n ...
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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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Implement $\max$ with a closed form expression?

I have 2 functions: $f(x)$ and $g(x)$. Both of them range in $[0,1]$. Is there some way to define a $h(x)$ that efficiently takes the greater one of $h(x)$ and $g(x)$, i.e. $h(x) = \max \{ f(x),g(x) ...
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Showing a function is concave

Given $F(\underline{x}) = Ax_1 + Bx_2 + \ln(a^2-(x_1^2+x^2_2))$ on $S=\{\underline{x}\in\mathbb{R}\mid x_1^2+x_2^2<a^2\}$ with $A,B,a\in\mathbb{R}$, show that $F$ is concave on $S$. Since we have ...
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Identifying saddle points of a constrained nonlinear function with three variables

I know that if the Hessian matrix of a multivariable function at a given stationary point has both positive and negative eigenvalues then that stationary point must be a saddle point. Does the same ...
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Comparing the hardness of optimizing two similar, but different expressions

Suppose we have binary variables $y_1, ..., y_n$. To make the representation simple, we show the concatenated vector as $\mathbf{y} = (y_1, ..., y_n)$. Consider the two following functions: $$ ...
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Solving nonlinear matrix inequality - transformation to LMI

I have a nonlinear matrix inequality problem where $A,B,C$ and $M$ are known and T is unknown and I would like to find $T$ that satisfies $\begin{bmatrix} T^T M T + A & B \\ B^T & ...
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Lagrange condition and second-order conditions

Given a function to minimize or maximize with equality and/or inequality constraints, I can use Lagrange multiplier and/or KKT to solve such problems. So I understand how it works. My problem is ...
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QR-Decomposition of matrix valued function

I already posted the following question on MO, but id did not raise much interest there. Maybe the title is too elementary to gain research interest. Suppose I have a matrix valued function $$ ...
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What is some prerequisite to study nonlinear programming?

What is some prerequisite to study nonlinear programming? I already know calculus and linear programming is two perquisite, what else?
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Gradient of Objective Function

I want to know how to calculate the gradient $\triangledown f\left ( \mathbf{x} \right )$ of this functions: $f\left ( \mathbf{x} \right )=\left | \mathbf{a}^{H}\mathbf{x} \right |^{2}$, ...
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Optimization of Product of Different Objective functions (Ex.: Maximize The Product of projections of a complex vector)

Suppose We have this optimization problem which is convex $\mathbf{x}={\arg}\: \underset{\mathbf{x}}\max f_{i}\left (\mathbf{x} \right )$ But the product of different objective function is ...
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Inequality optimization, KKT condition.

So we have the problem: maximize $x^2+y^2$ subject to $x^2-y \leq3$ and $y\leq 1$. And I sorted out the KKT conditions for the problem (is here where the problem is?): $2x=\lambda _12x$, ...
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Find min of $\frac{\left( \sum kx_k \right) \left( \sum x^2_k \right)}{\left( \sum x_k \right)^3}$

With $n \ge 2$ and $x_1,\ x_2,\ \dots,\ x_n > 0$. Find the minimum of: $$ M = \frac{(x_1 + 2 x_2 + ...+ nx_n)( x^2_1 + x^2_2 +...+x^2_n)} {\left( x_1 + x_2 +...+ x_n \right)^3}$$ For specific ...
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Minimizing sum of squared distances from point to spheres

Given some spheres with known radius and known origin in three dimensional space, I want to find the point P that lies "closest" to all these spheres. The meassure of closeness, I guess, will be the ...
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Sets of feasible directions

I'm not exactly sure how the different points matter. I believe $p=[1,1,-1]^T, [2,-1,0]^T, [3,0,-1]^T, [0,3,-2]^T$ are all feasible directions.
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Maximizing the product of projections of a vector on another vectors

I want to get the $N\times1$ complex vector $\mathbf{x}$ which maximizes this real valued function $f=\mathbf{x}^{H}\left (\mathbf{a}_{1} \mathbf{a}_{1}^{H}\mathbf{x}\mathbf{x}^{H}\mathbf{a}_{2} ...
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Impact of constraints on convex optimization

Let me start by saying I know almost nothing about optimization so please bear with me. Basically, I am wondering whether it is possible to solve a problem with two constraints by solving the problem ...
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General 2D taylor surfaces from axial behaviour and discrete points

I have a problem as follows: I have a nonlinear function, f(x,y), for which I (numerically) know the axial behaviours, f(x,y0) and f(x0,y), where x0 and y0 are constants. I can calculate discrete ...
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Finding the maximum/minimum of a homogeneous function on $R^n$

Suppose that $f:R^n\to R$ is homogeneous. Also, suppose that the $argmin_xf(x)$ is non-empty. Is it true that if there exist $x^*\in R^n$ such that $f(x^*)=0$, then $x^*=argmin_xf(x)$?
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Nonlinear optimization in exponents

$$ max \pi = 4x_1^\frac{1}4x_2^\frac{1}3 - x_1 - x_2 $$ It is not difficult to determine that this function is concave and yields a global maximum at some point for the quantities $ x_1, x_2 >= 0 ...
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KKT point of a constrained optimization problem

Min$_{x}~x$ Subject to $x \geq 0$ For this problem, is $(x^{*}, \lambda^{*})=$$(0,0)$ a KKT point ? My try : I formulated corresponding Lagrangian and tried to find out the KKT point(s). ...
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Convex functions -> quasi-convex functions -> … can we weaken the assumptions?

First of all let me say that I'm new to optimization. I realized that quasi-convex functions share with convex functions some nice properties, so I wonder if we can push the weakening a little ...
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Unconstrained Nonlinear Nonconvex Optimization: LBFGS vs. Interior Point Methods?

I'm finding the literature on interior point methods somewhat inaccessible but I've found papers benchmarking different interior point methods for unconstrained nonlinear Nonconvex optimization. I ...
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least-square optimization with linearly depend solution $x$

What is the exact solution $x_{n \times 1}$ of the following constrained optimization problem \begin{align*} &\min \|A x - b\|^2 \\ s.t.& C x = 0 \end{align*} where $A$ is full column rank $m ...
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Minimizing a convex cost function

I'm reviewing basic techniques in optimization and I'm stuck on the following. We aim to minimize the cost function $$f(x_1,x_2) = \frac{1}{2n} \sum_{k=1}^n \left(\cos\left(\frac{\pi k}{n}\right) x_1 ...
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Can SVD help to solve (inequality) constrained least squares problem?

Consider the following minimization problem: $$ ||Q u - h^{o} ||^{2} \to min \;\;\; s.t. \; u \geq 0 $$ where $Q$ is $m \times n$ matrix and $u$ is $n$-dimensional vector and $h^{0}$ is ...
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Non-linear estimate parameter

I have one non-linear function that define $$E_x(a,b)=\int K_\sigma(y-x) \cdot(b-b. e^{-a\cdot f(y)} \,) dy$$ where $y$ is neighboor points of $x$; $f(y)$ is a function of $y$; and $a$ is constant. ...
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Noncontinuous subadditive function

Is there any non-continuous additive function $f(x+y)= f(x)+f(y)$ from $\mathbb R$ to $\mathbb R$?
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using lsqcurvefit to fit piece-wise linear

I would like to use this function to fit piece-wise linearly to a set of data. Namely, I want to fit them with several linear segments. Including other requirements, I would not want the segments ...
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Maximize a function subject to the constraint $x^2+y^2=R^2$

Please help me how to deal with maximization of function $$f(x,y)=1-e^{-\pi x}+e^{\pi x}\left[1-\cos(\pi y)+\sin(\pi y)\right]$$ subject to the constraint $x^2+y^2=R^2$. Using Lagrange ...
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transforming nonlinear matrix inequality to LMI

I faced some nonlinearity in my problems. I need to check a matrix inequality condition in order to check the feasibility of designed controller through a continuous design problem. My problem is that ...
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Why is this a quadratic programming problem?

I am sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm very new. How would I minimize the following objective? $\sum_{k=1}^p\| I_{k} - M_{k}A \|^2$ Each I and M are known. I am told I can use a quadratic ...
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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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Singular Values of Matrix as Optimization Problem

Assume that $A$ is a positive semidefinite symmetric matrix. It is known that $$\max_{||y||\leq1} \quad y^TAy$$ Has an analytical solution which is the maximum eigenvalue of $A$. This isn't hard ...
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Complex Non-liner First order ODE problem

Good day people I am modelling a "water bottle rocket" using basic Continuum Mechanics. I have found a equation describing the acceleration of the rocket. I need to integrate this function to find ...
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Extremum of functional of a complex function

consider functional $E$ defined by $$E[z]=\int F(x,z(x))dx$$ where $F$ is a complex-valued nonlinear function. How can we find the function $z(x)$ so that $$G=|E|^2=EE^*=\iint ...
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The most optimal way to solve this set of non-linear equations in high dimensions

So I have a series of non-linear equations which I wish to solve as fast as possible, to illustrate for the case of $n = 4$, I have the following equations: \begin{gather*} ...
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Is it possible to convert into linear programming problem

I have a problem of the form $$\sup_{x\in\Bbb{C}^n}\left\{\frac{\|Ax\|_\infty}{\|Bx\|_\infty}\right\}$$ where $A$, $B$ are matrices with different number of rows and $x$ is an $n$ dimensional vector. ...
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Conceptual Understanding of Non-Linear Optimization Problem

I'm in non-linear optimization, and I'm having trouble wrapping my head around what this problem is asking me for. If anyone could help with a conceptual explanation (not an answer!), it'd be greatly ...
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How to minimise an objective function which is not a direct function of the decision variable?

I have a problem with partitioning a water network by closing some pipes. I use some graph theory techniques to find some candidate pipes to close; but to select which pipes among them to close (my ...
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Prove that a multivariable function doesn't have global extremes

So my question is actually this. Say I have a function $F:\mathbb R^2\to\mathbb R$. If I find all the potential local extremes by finding the roots of the partial derivatives and I find that only one ...