# Questions tagged [convex-optimization]

Convex optimization, a subfield of optimization, studies the problem of minimizing convex functions over convex sets. The convexity property can make optimization in some sense "easier" than the general case - for example, any local minimum must be a global minimum.

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### DCP formulation of sum of nonconvex and convex functions

I am trying to find a DCP formulation for the following convex objective function (using CVXPY): Let $x$ be the $N$-dimensional vector variable on which we optimize on, $c$ be a known scalar value ...
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### How to find the point on the exterior of a given set of points?

Suppose we do have a set of points (all on a plane ). How to find the smallest hull containing all these points ? How to find the points (among these given points) that are at the exterior layers of ...
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### Practical open source LP solvers for large linear programming problem with $10^7$ parameters

I have an LP problem of the form $\min\ c^Tx$ subject to $Ax\leq b$ where $x$ consists of 30 million parameters and $A$ is a very very sparse matrix of size 30M by 30M (with only 3 ones per row). I ...
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### Enforce specific mean and standard deviation on data

Suppose I have some dataset $X = \{x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n\}$ which has a mean $\bar{X}$ and a standard deviation $\sigma_X$. Now, suppose that I want to trim the tails of the dataset such that the new ...
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### Maximization of a nonconvex bi-variate function

Suppose we have a bi-variate function like $f(x,y)$ which is concave in $x$, $\frac{d^2f(x,y)}{dx^2} = -g(x,y)<0$ (that is $f(x,y)$ can be a function with high order in $x$ ) but convex in $y$, ...
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### Convex function subject to $0\le x_1\le \ldots \le x_n\le 1$ and linear constraint

I am maximizing a convex function (a positive definite quadratic form, if it makes a difference) subject to $0\le x_1\le \ldots \le x_n\le 1$ and a linear constraint $a^\top x+b=0$. Can I conclude ...
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### Convex Optimization Problem with norm inequality constraint

Consider the following optimization problem: \begin{align} \inf_{x,y}&\quad(x-x_0)^\top A(x-x_0) + (y-y_0)^\top B(y-y_0) \\\text{s.t.}&\quad x^\top a\geq0,\\ & \quad y^\top b\geq0, \\& ...
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### Is it always possible to optimize a multivariate function sequentially?

Suppose we have a multivariate function like $f(x,y,z)$ which should be maximized with the constraints $g_i(x,y,z)\le 0 \quad \forall i$. The general rule is to use KKT conditions and derive all KKT ...
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### What is the best open source solver for large scale LP optimization in pyomo?

I have used Gurobi and cplex for solving large scale LP problems with Pyomo. However, I do need to use open source solver. Any advise? glpk and cbc seems to be very slow in solving the problem (with ...
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### How to find the optimal solution of a convex program given all KKT points?

Suppose we have a parametric convex program with some constraints. \begin{equation} \begin{split} \max_{x} \: & f(x,\mathbf{a})\\ & g_1(x,\mathbf{a})\le 0 \\ & g_2(x,\mathbf{a}) \le 0 \end{...
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### Dual of quadratic program with linear objective

Let $c$ and $k$ be element-wise positive $n\times 1$ vectors and let $A$ be a element-wise positive and positive-definite matrix. Consider the optimization problem \begin{align} \max_{p\in\mathbb{R}^n}...
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### How to simplify the following constraints as I'm using MIP optimization solver in python?

Following is the initial snippet of the code: ...
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### Subtracting Values from a Positive semidefinite Matrix in a Semidefinite Program

I'm trying to construct an SDP relaxation for a non-convex quadratic program ($x^{\intercal}\mathbf{H}x$) with the following objective function: \begin{equation} x_{11}y_{11} + x_{12}y_{12} + x_{21}y_{...
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### Non-symmetric Positive Definite/Semidefinite Matrix in Quadratic Program

A necessary condition in any quadratic programming to be convex is the matrix $\mathbf{Q}$ in the formulation $x^\intercal \mathbf{Q}x$ to be positive definite or positive semidefinite. Positive ...
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I'm totally new to the world of optimization and I have an optimization problem that I think it can be formulated as Mixed Integer Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Program (QCQP) but I'm not sure ...
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### Existence of a transformation to convex optimization

Question Does a transformation of the following problem to convex optimization exist? \begin{aligned} \label{1} \min_{\vec{x}, \vec{y}} \quad & F(\vec{x}, \vec{y}) \\ \textrm{s.t.} \quad ...
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### How to make following constraint a convex one?

I would like to write a constraint as follows, where $x,y>0$ are optimization variables, and $a,b,c,d,A$ are positive constants. How to make it a convex constraint? \begin{equation} \frac{{ax}}{{\...
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### Black-box optimization of a single parameter function with high cost evaluation

I need to solve a series of single parameter black-box minimization problem. The underlying cost functions are quite simple. They always have the same shape: a global minimum inside a fixed interval (-...
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### What is a good way to penalise LP relaxation?

I have a binary integer program. It is of a large size and the solver is taking longer time. I am thinking of relaxing the binary integer variable and making it a continuous variable. How can I ...
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### Is $\min \ x^3 \ \mathrm{s.t.}\ x \geq 0$ a convex problem?

The problem $$\min \ x^3 \ \mathrm{s.t.} \ x \geq 0$$ is sometimes said to be a convex optimization problem. $f(x) = x^3$ is not a convex function. However, in the domain of $x\geq 0$ it is convex. So ...
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### How to mathematically formulate the optimization problem?

I have a system with $S$ service points. There are also $U$ users in the system. We have $$U>S>G$$ One group can have maximum $M$ service points, but there is no restrictions on the number of ...
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### Correct way to define constraints in Pyomo

Can I know if the constraint below can be defined as follows in Pyomo for convex optimization. W and G are arrays of dimension M x N. ...
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### Can I define constraints in Pyomo as a list?

I would like to define the following constraint in Pyomo $$W^\top{\bf 1}\le\hat w=\begin{bmatrix}\hat{w}_1&\hat{w}_2&\ldots&\hat{w}_N\end{bmatrix}^\top$$ where $W$ is a $2\times4$ matrix. ...
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### Hyperbolic constraint as second-order cone

I have a problem which simplifies to: \begin{align} \max w &\\ w&\le xy \\ x,y&\le10 \\ x,y&\ge0 \end{align} Recognizing that $xy$ form a hyperbolic constraint, I can solve by ...
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### How can I express this max-min in CPLEX?

Initially, I had the below objective function $\max \sum_{u=1}^{U}\sum_{c=1}^{C}x_{u,c}d_{u,c}$ where $x_{u,c}$ are optimization variables I modelled this in CPLEX as ...
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### Oscillations with (online) mixed-integer optimization problem

I have the following mixed-integer optimization problem: \begin{aligned} \max_{x,y} \quad & \sum_i x_i - \|wx\|_2 \\ \text{s.t.} \quad & \sum_i x_i \leq A \\ \quad & x \leq x_{\max} y \\ ...
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### Model definition in pyomo to solve online optimization problem

I am trying to model the attached online optmization problem in pyomo. Eventually, I am going to use the octeract solver to find the matrix soluions of W and G. I would like to ask advice about ...
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### How to define a stationary point of the MINLP problem?

As we all know, KKT point and stationary point are well defined when the optimization variables are continuous in the problem. Now, I want to know whether there exist some special points except for ...
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### complexity order of the interior point method

I was wondering why the complexity order of the interior point method is O()^3 or O()^3.5? Much appreciate your time and consideration.
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### How to linearise this nonlinear constraint?

I have a constraint in the form $\sum_{n=1}^{N}x_{m,n}\omega_{m,n}\ge (t_u-1)\beta_u, \forall u, u=1,2,\cdots, U$ where $x_{m,n}$ is binary variable $t_u$ and $\beta_u$ are continuous optimization ...
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### Recommended python solver for an online optimization problem

I need to implement a load scheduling algorithm that involves solving an online optimisation problem from a research paper for my Real time systems course. This convex optimisation problem is setup ...
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### Decomposition of Polyhedra

There is no doubt that clear examples consolidate the understanding of concepts being learnt. I am new to finding the structure and decomposition of a polyhedra. Suppose that we have the system  \...
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### Piecewise linear and global optimization

I am new to OR, and apologies if my mathematical notation is not clear. I have tried my best to keep it concise and given an explanation with numerical data. I would like to understand: Can this ...
Given the set $T_{\alpha}=\{x\in\mathbb{R}^n:\sum x_i=1,0\leq x_i\leq \alpha\}$ For which $\alpha$ the set is non-empty? Find a dual problem with one dual decision variable to the problem of finding ...