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Minimizing the ratio of two specific non negative quadratic convex functions

$F$ is $m\times m$ diagonal, with real non negative elements $D$ is $n \times m$ complex $P$ is $n \times 1$ complex $A$ is $m \times 1$ complex. Minimize $\Gamma(A)$, with respect to $A$. $$\...
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Is there an optimization scheme/algorithm that converges, for this non-convex scenario but with some special properties

I have a smooth function $f(x) = \frac{g(x)}{h(x)}$ that is the ratio of two smooth convex functions $g(x)$ and $h(x)$. It is known that $f(x)$ has a global minimum, achieved at the unique point $x_0$....
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Simplification of an optimization objective

Let $G(V,E)$ is a weighted simple graph, where $V$ and $E$ are the set of vertices and Edges. The graph is undirected. Let $A \in \{0,1\}^{n\times n}$ and $W \in R_+^{n\times n}$ be the adjacency ...
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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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Lack of quadratic convergence in Newton's method

It is well-known that Newton's method can converge quadratically, if initial guess is close enough and if the arising linear systems are solved accurately. I am applying Newton's method to highly ill-...
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Minimize a function with sparse Hessian

The problem I am trying to solve involves minimising a function with respect to a large number (probably 10,000+) of parameters. I can cheaply compute both its Jacobian and its Hessian. The Hessian is ...
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In-exact line search

In my class notes, the author says: "If $f:\mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$ is bounded below and $p_k$ is a descent direction and the $\alpha-\beta$ also known as Armijo-Goldstein condition is met then ...
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Is this a form of stochastic gradient descent?

I want to minimize the following with respect to parameters $B$. $$\sum_{k = 1}^{K} f(A_{k}, B)$$ where $A_k$ are $K$ different data-sets and $B$ is a matrix of parameters. Can I do this by a ...
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Gradient ascent method with a constant step size?

I'm trying to use the gradient ascent method on a convex function like the multivariate-Normal density function with respect to its parameters (the original is a bit more complicated), something ...
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Best software to do big number calculations quickly

I am trying to do some work on some math conjecture. I am testing the conjecture numbers using very large math numbers (100+ digits ). I am currently using python to test these numbers. In the ...
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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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Given a list of intervals, find region that is contained by the largest number of those intervals

Start with 1d case. Say I have lots of 1d intervals $[s_i, e_i]$ and I want to find an interval $[s^*, e^*]$ to maximise the count of interval $i$ such that $[s_i, e_i]\supseteq [s^*, e^*]$. 1d case ...
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Nonlinear least squares and regularization

Consider the nonlinear least-squares minimization of a vector of $n$ residuals $\mathbf{f}$ in $p$ parameters $\mathbf{x}$: $$ \min_{\mathbf{x}} || \mathbf{f}(\mathbf{x}) ||^2 $$ This can be done with ...
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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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Minimize cost with Levenberg-Marquart method

I want to minimize a cost function of the form, $$ \min_{q,t}\left(q^T\left(\mathcal A + \mathcal B\right)q + t^T\mathcal C t+\delta t+\varepsilon Q(q)^TW(q)t+\lambda\left(1-q^Tq\right)^2\right) $$ ...
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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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Method to find PDE equation coefficient satisfying mean solution?

What is the best approach to go about solving a PDE problem of the type \begin{equation} k^3\Delta u - k(\mathbf{1}\cdot\nabla u) = 0\, ,\\ u=g\; \text{on}\; \Gamma_D\, ,\\ mean(u) = u_\text{...
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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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Compute affine transformation between two sets of points

Consider two sets of points $P = (P_1, ...,P_n), \ Q = (Q_1, ..., Q_m) $ included in $\mathbb{R}^3$. I'm looking to compute an optimal affine transformation that "maps" $Q$ to $P$, although the sets ...
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Nonlinear least squares when some parameters are linear

Consider the least squares problem, $$ \min_{\mathbf{a},\mathbf{b}} || \mathbf{f}(\mathbf{a},\mathbf{b})||^2 $$ where $\mathbf{a},\mathbf{b}$ represent the unknown parameters to be found. In my ...
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Good C++ optimization library for BFGS

To implement maximum likelihood estimators, I am looking for a good C++ optimization library that plays nicely with Eigen's matrix objects. Eigen has some capability of interfacing of its own but if ...
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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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Where can I find sample data for large linear programming optimization problems?

I am doing a comparison of different algebraic modeling langues (AMPL, AIMMS, GAMS, Pyomo) in both theoretical and practical terms. As a practical experiment I am trying to measure problem model ...
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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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Order of a principal term

In Yurii Nesterov's Introductory Lectures on Convex Optimization, there is a bound for the total number of iterations for some process. See page 109: $$\left[\frac{1}{\ln(2(1-\kappa))} \ln\frac{t_0-t^...
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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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Nonlinear functional optimization in radial coordinates

I am currently implementing classical density functional theory for a radially symmetric system. In mathematical terms, I am searching for a function $f(r)$ that minimizes a functional $\Omega[f]$. ...
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How to numerically optimize affine transformations?

I need to optimize affine transformations for of a set of triangles using energy function based on the connectivity. The energy of an edge $e_j$ between triangles $T_a, T_b$ is given by $$ E_j = \...
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R function or package for carrying out maximum likelihood techniques in random effect models

I am applying optim() function in R to obtain maximum likelihood estimates of the fixed effects and random effects in a model with bivariate random effects. The ...
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Difference between Dishonest Newton method and Very Dishonest Newton method

What is the difference between the Dishonest Newton method and the Very Dishonest Newton method? Is there a difference or do they mean the same thing? I have tried searching for this on the internet ...
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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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Convergence rate and complexity for convex minimization problem

In Yurii Nesterov's Introductory Lectures on Convex Optimization, there is a description of the rate of convergence and corresponding upper bound for the analytical complexity of a minimization ...
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Log-transformation of decision variables in parameter estimation

I am trying to find the diffusion coefficient ($D$) and the partition coefficient ($KLP$) using experimental data of desorption of a pollutant from a film into a liquid. This process can be modelled, ...
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Stochastic conjugate directions to improve convergence in narrow valleys

My question concerns a specific statement in this paper: N. N. Schraudolph and T. Graepel, "Conjugate Directions for Stochastic Gradient Descent," in Int. Conf. Artificial Neural Networks, Berlin, ...
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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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What is a good way to select a small subset (say 50) of items from a large pool of items (say 5 million) while minimizing an objective function?

I have 5 million items that have 10 features (all continuous and not categorical) each and would like to select a small subset of these items. Ideally, I want to manually specify 10 features of my own ...
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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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What is a “good enough” method of assigning values to n variables subject to basic bounding constraints while maintaining relative weights?

Given triples of $n$ floating point values $$(\min_1, \max_1, w_1), \dots, (\min_n, \max_n, w_n)$$ and a value $V$, what is a good algorithhm to assign values $v_i$ to each of the triples such that ...
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Can the Power Method be used here?

Given a set of $n$ points on which a triangulation is performed, it is possible to construct coefficients $\lambda_{ij}>0$ such that each point $x_i$ is a convex combination of the points connected ...
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What Derivative-free optimization method should I use when my initial guess is very good?

I am trying to minimize a function where my initial guess is quite close to the minimum. I'm trying to minimize $$f(q) = \text{angle}(qw_1q*, v_1) + \text{angle}(qw_2q*, v_2) + \text{angle}(qw_3q*, ...
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conjugate gradient for Newton's method with non positive definite Hessian matrix

I want to minimize a non-linear function $f(x)$ using Newton's method. At each optimization step, I compute a descent direction $d$ to update $x$ using a second-order approximation of $f(x)$: $$ \...
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Inconsistency in optimize.minimize

I am trying to fit a time-dependent curve at each time step. I do so in minimizing along $x_c$ the quadratic error between the curve and a reference solution $ 1/(1 + \exp\left(\sqrt{S}(x-x_c)\right) $...
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Software for finding a minimum vertex cover for a hypergraph

A hypergraph $H = (V,E)$ consists of a finite set of vertices, say $V=\{1, \dots, n\}$ and a set of hyperedges $E \subseteq \mathcal{P}(V)$. We call $H$ a $k$-hypergraph if all $|e| = k$ for all $e\in ...
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Generate approximately semi-orthogonal tall matrix approximately satisfying constraints

I have a set of matrices $\{(A_i,D_i)\}$ for $i\in\{1,\ldots,n\}$, where: Each $D_j\in\mathbb{R}^{S\times S}$ is diagonal, and every entry on the main diagonal is non-negative. Each $A_j\in\mathbb{R}^...
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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 solve the following Frobenius norm-minimization problem?

Background We know how to solve the following minimization problem $$ \min_{X} \lVert AX - B \rVert_F^2 $$ But what about the extended version? $$ \min_{X} \lVert A \begin{bmatrix} X & X^2 \...
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How to solve the inverse problem of least-squares?

Focusing on following least squares problem: $$\min\limits_{V} \lVert Z - WV \rVert _{_F}^2$$ $$Z∈{R}^{m\times n},\quad W∈{R}^{m\times k},\quad V∈{R}^{k\times n},\quad k\lt m\lt n $$ This problem ...
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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 ...