Minkowski Centers via Robust Optimization: Computation and Applications

Centers of convex sets are geometrical objects that have received extensive attention in the mathematical and optimization literature, both from a theoretical and practical standpoint. For instance, they serve as initialization points for many algorithms such as interior-point, hit-and-run, or cutting-planes methods. First, we observe that computing a Minkowski center of a convex set can … Read more

A second-order sequential optimality condition associated to the convergence of optimization algorithms

Sequential optimality conditions have recently played an important role on the analysis of the global convergence of optimization algorithms towards first-order stationary points and justifying their stopping criteria. In this paper we introduce the first sequential optimality condition that takes into account second-order information. We also present a companion constraint qualification that is less stringent … Read more

Two new weak constraint qualifications and applications

We present two new constraint qualifications (CQ) that are weaker than the recently introduced Relaxed Constant Positive Linear Depen- dence (RCPLD) constraint qualification. RCPLD is based on the assump- tion that many subsets of the gradients of the active constraints preserve positive linear dependence locally. A major open question was to identify the exact set … Read more