# Questions tagged [nonlinear-programming]

Questions about the theory and numerical algorithms for optimizing (minimizing or maximizing) nonlinear functions, possibly subject to equality and/or inequality constraints.

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### Connection between piecewise linear basis functions and RELU activation function

ReLU activation is defined as follows $$\sigma(x)=\max(0, x).$$ Let's assume that I have deep network of 1 hidden layer, than output from my layer has form $$f(x)= \sigma(Wx +b),$$ where matrix W ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Nonlinear global optimization algorithm that can use dynamic programming

I've asked this question on stackoverflow 2 weeks ago, but, judging by zero response, that probably was the wrong forum. Therefore copying it here: Let F0,...,Fn ...
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### Why can't we discretize continuous domains in distributed non-convex constraint optimization problems?

Consider a non-convex distributed optimization problem. We have $X$ = a set of $n$ decision variables: $x_i$ where $i=1..n$ and $x_i \in R$, the set of Reals. We have $F$ = a set of $m$ constraint ...
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### Correct way to model an embedded reinforcement (non linear FEM)?

I need to add to an existing FEM solver some embedded reinforcement element. This would give me the possibility to model/solve concrete structure (reinforced with steel rebar) taking into account the ...
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### Why do active set methods or the simplex method pivot only one variable at a time?

Why do active set methods or the simplex method pivot only one variable at a time? Ostensibly, we could add multiple columns to the basis during pivoting, but the standard presentation of the methods ...
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### How can i solve this non-convex multi-variable optimization problem?

I want to solve the following optimization problem: $$\min_{A,B,X} \|Y-AX\|_F^2 + \lambda_1 \|Z-BX\|_F^2+ \lambda_2 \|B\|_F^2$$ $$s.t ~~x_{ij}~ \geq 0$$ in which, $Y$ and $Z$ are data matrices and ...
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### $L_2$ projection with integer constraints and prescribed sum

Suppose I am given a vector $v^0\in\mathbb{R}^n$ and integers $k,\ell\in\mathbb{Z}$. Assuming $k$ is close to zero (e.g. $0\leq k\leq5$), is there an algorithm for solving the following integer ...
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### Object-oriented non-linear solving in python

I'd like to build a system in Python, consisting of (broadly speaking) objects which are internally described with (not necessarily just linear) equations, that I can connect with each other - similar ...
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### Minimizing the products of variables

My problem Maximize $$\min_{i} \{\ c_i \cdot \prod_{j \in A(i)} {x_{j}} \prod_{j \in B(i)} {y_{j}} \}$$ Subject to \begin{align} &\sum_{j \in C(k)} x_{j} = 1,\ \forall k \\ &l \leq x_{j}...
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### Optimization of multiple functions

I have 3 functions which consist of 6 variables $p_1,p_2,p_3,p_4,p_5,p_6$. The value of each function is equal to $x$ (say): \begin{align} f_1 &= \operatorname{sign}(2-p_1) \sqrt{|2-p_1|} + \...
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### Constrained optimization: Stationary point vs. Nash point

1s question: definition of stationary point for constrained optimization As far as I know, a stationary point of a constrained optimization problem is a stationary point of the Lagrangian (that has ...
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### How is the Gastner-Newman equation implemented to create value-by-area cartograms?

There is a paper called "Density-equalizing map projections: Diffusion-based algorithm and applications" by Michael T. Gastner and M. E. J. Newman, which explains their algorithm (which is based in ...
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### Example Problem to Demonstrate BiCGStab

So our team has been able to code up a BiCGStab implementation for a class project, and we'd like a potential example problem to try it out on. So far, we've talked about a 1D Laplacian with Neumann ...
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### Largest hypercuboid inside a polyhedron

Given a polyhedron $\mathbf{Ax} \leq \mathbf{b}$, how to find the largest hypercuboid, with unknown center $\mathbf{x_{0}}$ and side lengths $2\epsilon_{i}$, which are aligned along the co-ordinate ...
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### Using Line Search Method for Constrained Optimization

Suppose we have a $f(x)$ to be minimized (we only know that $f(x)$ is three-differentiable), and a feasible, convex set of $S$ such that all $x$ belong to $S$. Using line search method, how we can "...
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### Numerically solving a system of stiff nonlinear PDEs

I am attempting to numerically solve the following: \begin{align} \frac {\partial y_1}{\partial t} &= i(y_2y_3 - y_2^*y_3^*) - y_1 \tag{1}\\ \frac {\partial y_2}{\partial t} &= y_1^*y_3 - y_2 ...
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### Solving a large system of nonlinear equations, where timeseries are the unknown

I am trying to solve a problem, which I find quite hard, like, headache-hard. I have to solve the following set of $M$ nonlinear equations: F(X)=\begin{bmatrix}f_1 (X)\\f_2 (X)\\...\\f_M (X)\\ \end{...
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### Minimization of the sum of convex function and non-linear non convex function

I'm trying to minimize the unconstrained scalar sum of a quadratic convex function (to which a convex optimizer is readily applied) and a non-linear and non-convex function which is differentiable. ...
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### Scaling a vector-valued non-linear function for numerical optimization/minimization [closed]

I am trying to minimize a non-linear vector-valued function in MATLAB. As a test case for my code, I try to minimize a function whose solution I know apriori. The problem is that one of the ...
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### Alternative to two “for” loops in finding best neighborhoods for TSP?

I am trying to solve Travelling Salesman Problems using tabu search. I have been able to successfully find "near enough" optimal solutions (as well as one optimal, yay!). For the moment I am using ...
### How to efficently solve: min $\sum_{ij}(a_{ij}x_{ij}^2 + b_{ij}x_{ij})$ s.t
I am trying to solve the following problem, where $a_{ij} \ge 0 \ \forall i,j$: \begin{align} \mbox{minimize}\quad & \sum_{i=1}^m\sum_{j=1}^n (a_{ij}x_{ij}^2 + b_{ij}x_{ij})\\ \mbox{subject to}\...