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Optimization is the process of choosing the "best" value among possible values. They are often formulated as questions on the minimization/maximization of functions, with or without constraints.

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### Optimization of sum of logs

I have an optimization problem of the form $$\operatorname*{argmax}_{\mathbf{w}} \sum_i \log(1 + \mathbf{w} \cdot \mathbf{k_i})$$ given some set of vectors, $\mathbf{ \{k_i\} }$. I have tried both ...
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### Trace minimization when some matrix is unknown

The problem is as follows: $\displaystyle\min_{V}$ trace($V^TH^T\Phi HV$)$\\$ s.t. $V^TV=I_d$ in the case when $H$ is not known. When $H$ is known, the solution is given by the eigenvectors ...
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### $v^TAv\ge \left\|A\right\|\cdot\left\|v\right\|_2$ for all positive definite $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$

Let $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be positive definite and $v\in\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $\left\|\cdot\right\|_2$ be the Euclidean norm. Can we prove $$v^TAv\ge \left\|A\right\|\cdot\left\|v\right\|_2$$ for ...
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### Let $x$ and $y$ be real numbers such that $x^2 + y^2 = 1$. Find the maximum value of $2x - 5y$.
Let $x$ and $y$ be real numbers such that $x^2 + y^2 = 1$. Find the maximum value of $2x - 5y$. I do know how to solve this problem using trigonometry, however I need to solve it by using vectors. ...