Orthogonal invariance and identifiability

Orthogonally invariant functions of symmetric matrices often inherit properties from their diagonal restrictions: von Neumann’s theorem on matrix norms is an early example. We discuss the example of “identifiability”, a common property of nonsmooth functions associated with the existence of a smooth manifold of approximate critical points. Identifiability (or its synonym, “partial smoothness”) is the … Read more

Continuity of set-valued maps revisited in the light of tame geometry

Continuity of set-valued maps is hereby revisited: after recalling some basic concepts of variational analysis and a short description of the State-of-the-Art, we obtain as by-product two Sard type results concerning local minima of scalar and vector valued functions. Our main result though, is inscribed in the framework of tame geometry, stating that a closed-valued … Read more

Generic identifiability and second-order sufficiency in tame convex optimization

We consider linear optimization over a fixed compact convex feasible region that is semi-algebraic (or, more generally, “tame”). Generically, we prove that the optimal solution is unique and lies on a unique manifold, around which the feasible region is “partly smooth”, ensuring finite identification of the manifold by many optimization algorithms. Furthermore, second-order optimality conditions … Read more