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Convexity of the variance of a mixture distribution

$X$ is a random variable that is sampled from the mixture of uniform distributions. In other words: $$X \sim \sum_{i=1}^N w_i \cdot \mathbb{U}(x_i, x_{i+1}),$$ where $\mathbb{U}(x_i, x_{i+1})$ denotes ...
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Minimizing sum of functions with pairwise dependence

I have formulated a problem where I need to minimize the sum of $N$ functions, with only pairwise dependence between the functions (any single constraint involves only two functions having adjacent ...
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Does strong duality hold when I dualize only a subset of the constraints?

Suppose I know that for some non-convex program: \begin{align}\min_x&\quad f(x)\\\text{s.t.}&\quad g_i(x)\leq 0, i \in C\end{align} strong duality holds for this problem. Now, suppose I form ...
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(Iterative?) Solutions to a certain quadratic program with non-convex constraints

Let $y\in\mathbb{R}^m$, $\tau\in\mathbb{R}$ and $X\in\mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$, with $\tau>0$ I would like to efficiently solve the following problem: Problem 1 Choose $\alpha,z\in\mathbb{R}^m,\beta\...
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AdaGrad - Sparsity of parameters

I read on Wikipedia: AdaGrad (for adaptive gradient algorithm) is a modified stochastic gradient descent algorithm with per-parameter learning rate, first published in 2011. Informally, this ...
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Local optimum of dual of non-linear program

In general, suppose you have a non-convex optimization problem with constraints and you form the dual problem. If you find a local optimum for the dual problem, will the corresponding primal solution ...
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Maximizing 1-norm: using binary variables to relax non-convexity

It is well-known that when we maximize a 1-norm, e.g., $\|Ax\|_1$, we can use binary variables and obtain a mixed-integer convex problem (otherwise maximizing 1-norm is non-convex). I am mentioning ...
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SDP relaxation with greater-than and less-than inequalities at the same time

I am dealing with the following nonconvex fractional quadratic optimization problem \begin{align} & \min_{\boldsymbol{x}} && \max_{t \in \mathcal{T}} \frac{\boldsymbol{a}_t^T \boldsymbol{...
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Supported pyomo free solvers for (non-convex) quadratic programming

Any one had the chance to use pyomo with free/open-source solvers that handle quadratic optimization problems, which they could be convex or not, but preferably as general as possible.
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Approximation methods for a mixed integer convex optimization problem

I have a convex objective function, e.g., minimizing the negative entropy function. My constraints are also linear. The only issue is that I also have binary variables. I am currently aware of AIMMS'...
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Minimize a convex function over a sphere

Problem description Let $\mathcal{C} = \{X \in \mathbb{R}^n \mid g(X) \leq 0\}$ with $g(X)$ a convex function. Suppose I need to solve the feasibility problem, for a given $r>0$ $$ \exists ^?X \...
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Strong Duality and Slater Condition

I am studying the Duality Chapter of Convex Optimization by Boyd. Is it possible that strong duality holds for non-convex optimization? If yes, is there any specific condition? And, what is the ...
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Dealing with a non-convex problem

I have the following objective function. The variables: $h_p$, $e_{trs}\left(h_p\right), w_{trs}\left(h_p\right)$ are all non-negative continuous. $T,R,S,\pi_{trs}$ are polynomially-sized sets. All ...
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Linearizing the square root of binary summations

My question is similar to this one and almost identical with this. I am so confused due to indexing and could not make sure if I could apply the solution in here to this indexed version as shown below....
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Linearizing the square root of two binary summations

My question is similar to this one though a bit more complicated. Though my question also includes indices, I am removing them to ease readability. Let binary variables $x,y\in\{0,1\}$, non-negative ...
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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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Solvers and saddle points

It seems like most solvers that can tackle nonlinear nonconvex optimization problems (e.g. IPOPT) operate on ultimately solving for the first-order optimality conditions. Can it therefore be assumed ...
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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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IPOPT with HSL vs MUMPS

What are the advantages (if any) of using IPOPT with HSL vs MUMPS? HSL has a reputation of being faster, but does it walk the walk? In particular, does HSL scale better for large-scale problems? We ...
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Characterizing the solution of a (non) linear maximization program

I have the following maximization program \begin{align} \max\limits_{\{q_i\}}&\quad\sum\limits_{i=1}^nq_i \\ \text{s.t.}&\quad\begin{cases} k_j \geq \sum\limits_{i=1}^n q_i^{1 \over \...
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Rules of thumb for using classic methods (e.g. branch and bound) vs. meta-heuristics (G.A, S.A, etc..) for non-convex problems?

Are there any rules of thumb for when to use classical methods like branch and bound, branch and cut, etc...for non-convex problems, vs using meta-heuristic methods like genetic algorithms, ...
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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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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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Global optimality condition of non-convex quadratic programs

We know that a convex quadratic maximization (not minimization!) on a polyhedron has its global optimal value on a vertex. Also, I have read in some papers that checking whether a vertex is globally ...