## ^phBcnorms, log-barriers and Cramer transform in optimization

We show that the Laplace approximation of a supremum by $L^p$-norms has interesting consequences in optimization. For instance, the logarithmic barrier functions (LBF) of a primal convex problem $P$ and its dual $P^*$ appear naturally when using this simple approximation technique for the value function $g$ of $P$ or its Legendre-Fenchel conjugate $g^*$. In addition, … Read more