# Questions tagged [variational-analysis]

Variational analysis is a branch of mathematics that extends the methods arising from the classic calculus of variations and convex analysis to more general problems of optimization theory, including topics in set-valued analysis, e.g. generalized derivatives.

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### Minimizing elastic energy of shrinking balls

I am new to variational analysis and I am currently working in the following setup: We denote the $2$-sphere with radius $r>0$ by $S_r^2$ and $S^2:=S_1^2$. In coordinates $(\theta,\varphi)$, ...
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### Looking for a rigorous treatment of the functional derivative the way it's used by physicists.

A lot of theories in physics can be derived from a variational principle: some action functional S on a space of e.g. field configurations $\phi$ is given, and the equations of the theory follow from ...
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### All the symmetries of the Dirichlet energy are conformal

It seems to be "folklore" knowledge that all the (source) symmetries of the $d$-Dirichlet energy are conformal maps. Specifically, I have found this nice proof for the following claim: Proposition:...
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### Does this functional satisfies the Palais-Smale condition?

Let $\Omega$ be a non-empty bounded open subset of $\mathbb{R}^N$, $\lambda\in \mathbb{R}$ be an eigenvalue of $-\Delta$ on the Sobolev space $H^1_0(\Omega)$ and $f\in L^\infty(\Omega\times\mathbb{R})$...
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### Optimization in Banach space: Find functions that minimize the supremum of a convex operator.

Let $D \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be compact. Denote by $C(D, \mathbb{R}^n)$ the space of continuous functions from $D$ to $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $K$ be a real, symmetric, positive-definite $n \times n$ ...
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### Understanding Arnold's definition of “differentiable”

I'm looking at Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics at the beginning of chapter 3 p 55 which defines when a functional is differentiable. Slightly paraphrasing and skipping a couple ...
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### variation method

Define $F[\phi]=\int dr \{V(\phi)+\frac{1}{2} \kappa \vert \nabla \phi \vert^2 \}$, then how can we deduce that$\frac{\delta F}{\delta \phi}= \frac{d V}{d \phi}-\kappa \nabla^2 \phi$? I feel ...
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### The integral under the variation $\delta$ sign

In physics books on classical field theory, the authors usually define the action as $$S = \int\mathcal{L(\phi,\partial_\mu\phi)d^4x}$$ where $\mathcal{L}$ is the lagrangian density. Then, ...
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### Producing term with Lie derivative from variational principle

Is it possible to obtain variational principle (Lagrangian) such that the equations of motions contain Lie derivative? For example, if $g$ is a standard metric tensor in Euclidean space $E^3$ and we ...
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### Explicit Solution to Euler Lagrange Equation of Shortest Distance between two Points

So if $f(t)=(x(t),y(t))$ with $f(0)=a$ and $f(1)=b$, I should minimize $L(f)=\int_0^1{|\dot{f(t)}|}dt$. I get a jumble of equations when solving the Euler Lagrange equations with respect to $t$. Would ...
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### Minimal divergence-free projection onto unit vector field

I'm attempting to use a variational method to find a critical vector field. I want to find the local components of a given vector field, $\bf{v}$, that are as "close" to $\bf{v}$ as possible, but are ...
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### Finding a specific set of functions. (Please, read the description)

The task is to find the sequence of functions $\lbrace f_n \rbrace _{n\geqslant1} \subset \mathbb{K}\mathbb{C}^{1} \left[ 0;1 \right]$ (where $\mathbb{K}\mathbb{C}^{1} \left[ 0;1 \right]$ is a set of ...
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### Finding stationary point of the functional

Find the stationary point of the functional $$J[y]=\int \left( x^2y'^2+2y^2 \right) dx$$ where $y(0)=0, y(1)=2.$ My Solution: E-L equation: $x^2y''+2xy'-2y=0.$ This is also Cauchy-Euler equation. ...
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### Relation between two types of pseudomonotone function

As far as I know, there are two different definitions for pseudomonotone function. The first definition was introduced by H.Brezis in 1968: Pseudomonotone function in the sense of Brezis: Let ...
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### Fundamental Lemma of Variational Calculus for Closed Surface Integrals

The fundamental lemma of the calculus of variations says that if the integral of a function times a test function over an open region is equal to zero for all test functions that vanish at boundary of ...
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### Optimal non-negative resampling kernel

Sampling theory says the best kernel for resampling is $sinc(x)$ which is box function in frequency domain. Which kernel is optimal under constraint that the kernel is non-negative everywhere? More ...
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### Variational calculus … Prove that a linear functional $\varphi [h]$ cannot have an extremum unless $\varphi [h] \equiv 0$

From definitions in the book calculus of variations - Gelfand and fomin http://web.cs.iastate.edu/~cs577/handouts/variations.pdf I try prove that a linear functional $\varphi[h]$ cannot have an ...
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### A variational problem involving integral

Let $W\gt 0,\,T\gt 0$ be fixed. Let $R(f)$ be an arbitraty function in $L^2(-W,W).$ Define \alpha_{R}:=\frac{\int_{-W}^W\,df^\prime\int_{-W}^W\,df^{\prime\prime}\frac{sin\,\pi T(f^\prime-f^{\prime\...
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### Legendre Transforms

I want to show that the Legendre Transform of a function $g(x) = kf(x-x_0) + m$ for $m$, $k$ constants is equal to $g^*(p) = kf\left(\frac{p}{k}\right)+p \cdot x_0+m$ where $f^*$ is the Legendre ...
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### Is this function differentiable

Define the following function \begin{eqnarray} f(Q_p) &=& \max \quad x^T(Q-Q_p)x +\mbox{trace}(Q_p X) \\ &&s.t. \quad (x, X) \in \mathcal{P} \end{eqnarray} where $\mathcal{P}$ is ...
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### Given a smooth family of strictly convex norms in $\mathbb{R}^n$ ($n\geq 2$), what can we say about the family of dual norms?

Let $U\subset{\mathbb{R}^n}$ be an open set (may has compact closure) and $F:U\times\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $F(p,\cdot):\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is, for each $p\in{U}$, ...
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### Euler-Lagrange equations from a complex-valued Lagrangian

I've been looking without success for references describing a generalization of the Euler-Lagrange equations that would be derived from a complex-valued Lagrangian density. I realize that “minimum” ...
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### Maximizing a nested sum of infinitely many variables (discrete variational calculus)

I am wondering if there is a way of finding a neat closed form solution for a series of numbers $r_t$ that satisfies the following. This is supposed to give the optimal strategy of an economic agent ...
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### Graphical Convergence

Suppose that $U$ is a dense subset of $\mathbb{R}^d$, what is an example of a lower semi-continuous map $f:\mathbb{R}^d\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, for which $f|_U$ converges graphically to $f$? Note: ...