A Framework for Solving Chance-Constrained Linear Matrix Inequality Programs

We propose a novel partial sample average approximation (PSAA) framework to solve the two main types of chance-constrained linear matrix inequality (CCLMI) problems: CCLMI with random technology matrix, and CCLMI with random right-hand side. We propose a series of computationally tractable PSAA-based approximations for CCLMI problems, analyze their properties, and derive sufficient conditions ensuring convexity. … Read more

Computing Weighted Analytic Center for Linear Matrix Inequalities Using Infeasible Newton’s Method

We study the problem of computing weighted analytic center for system of linear matrix inequality constraints. The problem can be solved using the Standard Newton’s method. However, this approach requires that a starting point in the interior point of the feasible region be given or a Phase I problem be solved. We address the problem … Read more

SPECTRA – a Maple library for solving linear matrix inequalities in exact arithmetic

This document briefly describes our freely distributed Maple library {\sc spectra}, for Semidefinite Programming solved Exactly with Computational Tools of Real Algebra. It solves linear matrix inequalities in exact arithmetic and it is targeted to small-size, possibly degenerate problems for which symbolic infeasibility or feasibility certificates are required. Article Download View SPECTRA – a Maple … Read more

Solving rank-constrained semidefinite programs in exact arithmetic

We consider the problem of minimizing a linear function over an affine section of the cone of positive semidefinite matrices, with the additional constraint that the feasible matrix has prescribed rank. When the rank constraint is active, this is a non-convex optimization problem, otherwise it is a semidefinite program. Both find numerous applications especially in … Read more

Simple Approximations of Semialgebraic Sets and their Applications to Control

Many uncertainty sets encountered in control systems analysis and design can be expressed in terms of semialgebraic sets, that is as the intersection of sets described by means of polynomial inequalities. Important examples are for instance the solution set of linear matrix inequalities or the Schur/Hurwitz stability domains. These sets often have very complicated shapes … Read more

A Randomized Cutting Plane Method with Probabilistic Geometric Convergence

We propose a randomized method for general convex optimization problems; namely, the minimization of a linear function over a convex body. The idea is to generate N random points inside the body, choose the best one and cut the part of the body defined by the linear constraint. We first analyze the convergence properties of … Read more

On Safe Tractable Approximations of Chance Constrained Linear Matrix Inequalities

In the paper, we consider the chance constrained version $$ \Prob\{A_0[x]+\sum_{i=1}^d\zeta_i A_i[x]\succeq0\}\geq1-\epsilon, $$ of an affinely perturbed Linear Matrix Inequality constraint; here $A_i[x]$ are symmetric matrices affinely depending on the decision vector $x$, and $\zeta_1,…,\zeta_d$ are independent of each other random perturbations with light tail distributions (e.g., bounded or Gaussian). Constraints of this type, playing … Read more

Identifying Redundant Linear Constraints in Systems of Linear Matrix Inequality Constraints

Semidefinite programming has been an interesting and active area of research for several years. In semidefinite programming one optimizes a convex (often linear) objective function subject to a system of linear matrix inequality constraints. Despite its numerous applications, algorithms for solving semidefinite programming problems are restricted to problems of moderate size because the computation time … Read more

Multivariate Nonnegative Quadratic Mappings

In this paper we study several issues related to the characterization of specific classes of multivariate quadratic mappings that are nonnegative over a given domain, with nonnegativity defined by a pre-specified conic order. In particular, we consider the set (cone) of nonnegative quadratic mappings defined with respect to the positive semidefinite matrix cone, and study … Read more