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Convexity of the projection of a convex set

Question: A set $S \subset \mathbb{R}^m \times \mathbb{R}^n$ is convex. Using the fact that affine maps preserves convexity prove that $S(y) = \{x \in \mathbb{R}^m\mid (x,y)\in S \}$ and $\hat{S} = ...
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Convex Optimization: Separation of Cones

I am trying to solve Exercise 2.39 at Boyd and Vandenberghe's Convex Optimization book. In one source, the answer is given as: 2.39 Separation of cones. Let $K$ and $\tilde K$ be two convex cones ...
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How to express this constraint?

I have the constraint \begin{align}\max&\quad\gamma\\\text{s.t.}&\quad a\ge\gamma b\\&\quad\gamma\le 1\end{align} where $\gamma$ is an optimization variable and $a$ is a function of some ...
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Problem solvable $\Rightarrow$ subproblems solvable if feasible region closed, convex?

Let $c \in \mathbb{R}^n$, $M \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ such that the problem \begin{align}P:\quad\min_{x \in \mathbb{R}^n}&\quad c^\intercal x\\\textrm{s.t.}&\quad x \in M\end{align} is solvable....
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Convexity/Concavity of Average Number of Jobs in M/M/1 Queue?

I am working on a problem involving the average number of jobs $L$ in an M/M/1 queue with arrival rate $\lambda$, service rate $\mu$. For traffic intensity $\rho = \frac{\lambda}{\mu}$, $$ L = \frac{\...
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Solving convex programs defined by separation oracles?

General question: What software can solve convex programs defined by a separation oracle? The objective function is concave, and the feasible set is a polytope. By a separation oracle I mean that I ...
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Is This Constraint Convex?

I have a constraint that I believe to be convex and not affine which I think means that I can implement a relaxation. I will first define the full constraint, and then build up my (informal) reasoning ...
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Convexity of a QP

In quadratic programming (QP), you encounter an objective of the following form: $$x^TQx + c^Tx$$ and often it's desirable to know if the QP is convex. One method to check for convexity is by ...
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Examples of problems with non-convex constraint functions but convex feasible region

I'm looking for examples of (classes of) problems with a non-convex, non-linear formulation, but convex feasible region. That is, a problem of the sort: $$ \begin{array}{lll} \text{minimize} & ...
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Dedicated solver for convex problems

Are you aware of a fast solver (open source or commercial) for convex NLPs that is faster than IPOPT? I'm interested in problems in the 50K+ variable range, both dense and sparse. Ideally, it would be ...
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Can an integer optimization problem be convex?

I'm trying to wrap my head around an apparent paradox that I've come across while trying to learn more about optimization algorithms: On one hand several sources state that convex optimization is ...
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Convexity of Variance Minimization

$X$ is a discrete random variable taking value $x_n$ with probability $1/N$ for $n=1, \ldots,N$. I would like to set the $x_n$ values in an optimization problem. My objective is to minimize the ...
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Linear Programming with additional “if-then”/“Default to zero” constraints?

What approaches can I use for a Linear Programming problem with the additional constraint that if a decision variable falls below a certain threshold, then it should just be forced to 0. I'm ...
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Convex vs Strictly Quasiconvex Functions in Optimization

I have read/heard quite a few time that in the old days, it was considered that linear programs constitute the class of optimization problems that can be solved efficiently in practice (as a rule of ...
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How to formulate a problem to prove/disprove convexity?

Given a general non-linear problem: \begin{align}P:\qquad&\min_{x\in X} f(x)\\\text{s.t.}\qquad&g(x)\leq 0\end{align} where $f$ is a non-linear function, $g$ is a vector of non-linear ...
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How to determine the convexity of my problem and categorize it?

My problem is: \begin{align}\min\limits_{x_{ij}}\qquad&{\sum_{i\in N}\sum_{j\in M}\frac{x_{ij}}{C_j-\sum\limits_{i\in N} x_{ij}a_i}}\\\text{s.t.}\qquad&0<C_j-\sum_{i\in N} x_{ij}a_i\\\qquad&...
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Recovering primal optimal solutions from dual sub gradient ascent using ergodic primal sequences

My question concerns recovering a primal optimal solution while performing dual sub gradient ascent. Denoting by $y_i$ the dual multiplier in the $i^{\text{th}}$ iteration, let \begin{equation} x_i = ...
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How can I linearize or convexify this binary quadratic optimization problem?

I have an optimization problem as below. I am having a hard time with the last constraint. $\max \eta$ subject to ${\bf U}(:,m)^T{\bf A}{\bf U}(:,m)=0,m=1,2,\cdots,M$ here $\bf{A}$ is a Binary ...
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Bound on the number of constraints to be generated (lazy constraints)

I am working on a very large optimisation problem. All variables are continuous, the objective is linear and the constraints convex, but I have many such constraints (on the order of $2^n$ — actually, ...
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KKT inequality conditions

Let's say I have an objective function $$f(x_1,x_2, \cdots, x_n)$$ and $N$ constraints $$x_i \ge 0. $$ I am trying to solve it with KKT conditions. Now the objective function becomes $$f(x_1,x_2,...
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Convex Maximization with Linear Constraints

I am doing active research in convex maximization w.r.t. linear constraints. There are many cases which can be efficiently approximately solved, e.g., convex quadratic maximization, log-sum-exp ...
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Reference for “expectation preserves convexity”

It is well known that expectation preserves convexity: If $f(x)$ is convex and $Y$ is a random variable, then $\mathbb E[f(x-Y)]$ is convex. This property arises in, for example, inventory theory. I ...