Questions tagged [constrained-optimization]

Questions about optimization problems subject to additional constraints.

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Sequence planning with 3 machines

together! First of all, I have to mention that because of my background as an Industrial Engineer, I have limited abilities in mathematics, but am disciplined enough to expand myself from ...
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Simultaneously maximize and minimize

I am virtually new to optimization (saw it years ago in a very shallow course) and now I came across a problem that I believe would require from it. The problem is I don't know exactly how to proceed. ...
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Constraint solver vs Bayesian optimizer for fast discontinuous processes

I have a complex domain-specific process that accepts inputs: 10-500 inputs, where each input is of type: enum: choice between multiple string or numeric values int: integers float: floating point ...
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Optimization (best input variables search) for a non-smooth non-linear unknown function

I am trying to optimize a system that monitors and advises a user multiple times over a certain period of time depending on changing outside factors. The systems behavior can be altered by 5 ...
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How to solve a 4th order nonnegative LASSO problem?

I need to solve the following 4th order nonnegative LASSO problem: $$ \min_{x \geq 0} \quad || |Ax|^2 - b ||^2 + \lambda ||x||_1 $$ where $|\cdot|^2$ denotes element-wise squared. $A$ is small size (e....
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Fast approximate solver for vehicle routing problem

I need to solve capacitated asymmetrical vehicle routing problem with time windows on ~30k points. Time limits for calculations are 2 hours. I've tried using Clarke and Wright savings algorithm, it is ...
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How to add extra constraints to a linear system for probabilities?

Background: I have an equation which looks like as follows: $W \times P = R$ $$\left[\begin{array} &{1}&{0}&{0}&-\frac{w_{1}}{w_{o1}} &\dots &{0} &-\frac{w_{1}}{w_{0} } \...
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Solving a non-convex optimization problem using fmincon

I am trying to solve a non-convex optimization problem using fmincon(). At each iteration, I am iteratively looking for the optimum value and when the termination ...
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Why would BFGS converge to a local minima of a non-convex function but maintain a large gradient?

I'm using BFGS to optimize a smooth but non-convex function $f$ that is computed by a simulation. The simulation also gives me a semi-analytical gradient $g$, which is verified by the numerical ...
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Augmented Lagrangian Techniques Frank-Wolfe Algorithm [python]

I'm trying to solve the convex quadratic problem (quadratic min cost flow problem) using the Frank-Wolfe algorithm. $$ \min\{x^TQx+qx: Ex=b,\quad 0\leq x \leq u\} $$ The standard algorithm is okay ...
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Solve ODE with non-negative and maximization constraints

My task is to solve $$\eta_k\frac{d^2C_k}{dz}(z)=-e_k, k = 1,2,3$$ $$C_k\ge0$$ $$C_1(0)=0, C_2(0)=A, C_3(0)=0$$ $$C_1(L)=B, \frac{dC_2}{dz}(L)=0, \frac{dC_3}{dz}(L)=0$$ with $$e_1 = -\beta_1-\beta_3$...
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How do I solve the matrix equality constrained optimization problem using Lagrangian multipliers?

Solve the following minimization problem in $\mathbf{X} \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$ $$\begin{array}{ll} \text{minimize} & \frac 12 \| \mathbf{X}\mathbf{X}^T -\mathbf{A} \|^2_\mathcal{F}\\ \text{...
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Biconvex problem whose objective function depends on only one variable

I am solving the following biconvex problem: $$\min_{x,y} f(y)$$ $$s.t. ~~ g(x) \leq 0$$ $$~~~~~h(x,y) = 0$$ $$x \in X, y \in Y$$ where $X$ and $Y$ are compact convex sets, $g(x)$ and $f(y)$ are ...
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Vehicle Route assignment with capacity constraint

Problem Background I'm trying to find a solution/model to the following problem: Let's consider a cellular network (mobile network, ie., hexagonal cells) denoted $N$ composed of $|N|$ cells. Each ...
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Research articles on MultiObjective Non-Linear Programming (MONLP)

I'm looking for papers dealing with multi-objective non-linear programming which could help me implement an algorithm to solve my problem. My problem is : Maximize $f(x) = c \cdot x$, while ...
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Formulate and solve a simple conic programs in cvxpy language [closed]

Let $r,\epsilon > 0$ and $a, b \in \mathbb R^n$ with $\|a\|_2 \le r$. Define $C(a) := \{x \in \mathbb R^p | \|x+a\|_2 \le r,\;\|x\|_\infty \le \epsilon\}$, and assume it is non-empty. Question (A)...
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Question about strange outputs from the CVXPY solver

I am familiarizing myself with CVXPY, and encountered a strange problem. I have the following simple toy optimization problem: ...
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How to find two points within defined region in this constrained optimization problem?

I am doing a project related to robotics where I am using fmincon function from matlab to minimize the distance between the points ...
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Solution of constrained system of ODEs

Can someone point me in a direction to solve this kind of integral constrained system of ODEs. \begin{align} &\int_0^{1/2}\dot{y}^2(t)=p\\ &2\lambda_1\ddot{y}(t)+\pi cos(\pi y(t))=0\\ &y(...
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Can LINCS algorithm be used for colliding molecules?

Supposing that one molecule is static and one is dynamic, can the dynamic one be solved with LINCS for its shape (angle, bond length) constraints and also keep collisions with static molecule off, ...
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Is this a knapsack problem?

I have a set of $K$ keywords. Each of this keywords can have set of bids from $1\$,\dots,N\$$. For each bid for a keyword, it will get a specific amount of clicks and a specific cost. Clicks and Cost ...
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Improve optimization speed for a set of similar problems: Quadratic programming with a warm start

I am repeatedly solving quadratic program, $x^T Q x$ with time dependent linear constraints $Ax=b_t$. Dimension of $x$ is around 10000 and there are around 50 constraints. I want to solve the ...
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sum of absolute difference constraint in optimization problem

I am writing a model for an optimization problem. I need to write the following constraint: $$\sum^{N - 1}_i \lvert (a_i - a_{i+1}) \rvert \leq 2\, .$$ How to write this constraint (or linearize)? ...
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Nature of stationary points of a Lagrangian fuction

I would like to extremize a certain function $f$ with respect to a parameter $x$, under constraints $g_1(x) = 0, ..., g_m(x)=0$. In order to achieve this, I consider the Lagrangian function $L(x, \...
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Techniques to remove a function from Levenberg-Marquardt when it is against box constraints

I have a somewhat large (20+ dimensional) root finding problem that I'm solving with Levenberg-Marquardt. One of the functions has box constraints on [0, 2]. When it is against those bounds it will ...
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Why does Newton's method with Linear Equality Constraints use KKT condition?

Goal: Optimize convex function $f(\vec{x})$ subjected to constraint $A\vec{x} = \vec{b}$ starting at a point $\vec{x}_0$ that satisfies the constraint. The problem only has equality constraint. Why ...
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Logging vs outputs in iterative optimisation

I'm coding an iterative algorithm of constrained continuous optimisation. An augmented Lagrangian algorithm (outer) calls a bound-constrained L-BFGS-B algorithm (inner), which calls a line search ...
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Sensitivity Lagrangian solution general case

I have asked this question already on maths and mathoverflow. Just a question about a literature reference. I am writing a paper for engineers. Usually for the Lagrange multiplier problem $$ \...
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Efficient numerical optimization of an “almost separable” function

I have come across an optimization problem with the following objective function: $$f(x_0,y_0,z_0,x_1,y_1,z_1,...,x_N,y_N,z_N) = \sum_{i=0}^N f_i(x_i,y_i,z_i, \alpha(x_{i+1}-x_i) + \beta(y_{i+1}-y_i))...
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An invertible matrix that minimizes the norm of the product with a given matrix

Given a fat matrix $B \in \mathbb{C}^{n \times m}$ (where $m > n$) with full row rank, I would like to find (numerically) a full-rank matrix $A$ that minimizes the Frobenius norm of the product $A ...
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How does fmincon in MATLAB calculate gradients?

I am trying to solve numerically a constrained optimisation problem in MATLAB, and I am wondering how the fmincon function calculates gradients when one isn't ...
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Piecewise-Linear Quadratic Optimization for an “Almost Convex” Problem

I have a 7-14 dimensional piecewise linear cost function I'd like to minimize with two quadratic terms of the form: $$ f(X) = X^tCX + d \sum_i |x_i-x^*_i|^2 + \sum_i P_i(x_i-x^0_i) $$ $$ \sum_i x_i ...
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Simulation-based Optimization vs PDE-constrained Optimization

What is the difference between Simulation-based Optimization and PDE-constrained Optimization? Would studying a text on Simulation-based optimization be sufficient to understand and apply both?
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Convergence of a very large non-linear least squares optimization

(note: I also posted this question on stackoverflow before finding this community here, which seems a better place for it) I'm trying to solve the following problem: I have a lot (~80000) surface ...
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Solvers for Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programs (QCQP) with complex variables

I'd like to know whether there are any publicly available tools for solving QCQP with complex variables (and constraints therefore expressed through Hermitian matrices). What I have found so far is ...
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How to use CSDP to express a semidefinite program?

I am trying to use CSDP and am struggling with it. Consider, for example, the following semidefinite program $$\begin{array}{ll} \text{minimize} & 0\\ \text{subject to} & Q - A' Q A - \...
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FMINCON Step Size Tolerance

I get following error after implementing the attached code. Error Message "fmincon stopped because the size of the current step is less than the default value of the step size tolerance but ...
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Space covering optimization

I have the following problem: In the space $E=\{1, 2, \dots, N_x\} \times \{1, 2, \dots, N_y\}$, I want to define $N_R$ rectangles $R_k=\{x_k^0, \dots, x_k^1\}\times\{y_k^0, \dots, y_k^1\}$ which ...
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How do I check if a loss function can achieve its minimum?

For example, the convex function $f(t)=e^{-t}$ doesn't achieve its minimum 0 on the real line. In a linear regression with $p$ predictors $X$, the loss function $f(\beta)=||Y-X\beta||^2$ achieves its ...
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Constraints 'exactly/at most one non-zero element' without binary variables

In a much larger MINLP problem, I have set of variables $\{a_{ij}\}_{m,n}$, such that $0 \leq a_{ij} \leq 1 $ for all $i$, $j$, which I could think of as a matrix, for which I have two requirements: ...
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What is required of the objective function in order to use Gauss Newton method?

From what I understand, the Gauss-Newton method is used to find a search direction, then the step size, etc., can be determined by some other method. In addition to that, are the following ...
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How to Solve Optimisation Problems using Penalty Functions in Python

I am working on a implementing a simple quadratic optimisation problem: $$\min _x \; {\underline{x}}^T Q {\underline{x}}$$ $$s.t. \,\quad {\underline{\mu}}^T{\underline{x}} = R^*$$ $$ \quad \quad \...
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Defining a soft constraint in cvxpy

I am using cvxpy to do a simple portfolio optimization. I implemented the following dummy code ...
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What is the fastest way to solve Ax=b (subject to constraints and an absolute term)

I am trying to solve/optimize $Ax=b$ in the least squares sense subject to box constraints; a few (less than 5) equality/inequality constraints; and an absolute function penalty (or some other ...
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Making difference of log constraints convex

I have the discrete likelihood estimation problem $\max \sum m_i\log p_i $ where $m$ is a given vector of length $n$. The constraints are $0 \preceq p \preceq 1$, $\sum_{i=1}^n p_i = 1, $ and one ...
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Linear constraints for L-BFGS-B

I know L-BFGS-B only supports simple box constrains of the form: $l_i \leq x_i \leq u_i$, where $l_i$ and $u_i$ are constants. For my specific optimization problem, I need to specify some simple ...
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reduced system: primal-dual interior point method for nonconvex constrained problem

When solving a reduced KKT system of a nonlinear (and nonconvex) constrained program after eliminating slack and dual variables, how do we actually take the next step in a primal-dual method? For ...
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Obtaining a feasible solution for underdetermined system of linear equations satisfying inequality constraints

I would like to obtain a feasible solution for an under-determined system of linear equations, $$Ax=b$$ where, $A \in \mathbb{R}^{7\times9}, \, x \in \mathbb{R}^{9\times1}\text{and } b\in\mathbb{R}^...
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Optimization of a blackbox function with an equality constraint?

I believe this would be an interesting problem. I have a blackbox function which can take 2-60 input variables $(X_1,X_2,...X_n)$ which are to be optimized. I'm calling this objective function as a ...
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Ways to speed up solving an LP with Google's ortools

I'm having an issue solving an LP of the form: $$\min z = c^Tx$$ $$\text{s.t.}$$ $$Ax \geq b$$ $$x\geq p$$ $1 \leq a_{ij} \ll b_i$, $p \leq 0$, and $c \geq 0$ The specific problems I'm running into ...