The condition number of a function relative to a set

The condition number of a differentiable convex function, namely the ratio of its smoothness to strong convexity constants, is closely tied to fundamental properties of the function. In particular, the condition number of a quadratic convex function is the square of the aspect ratio of a canonical ellipsoid associated to the function. Furthermore, the condition … Read more

Epigraphical cones II

This is the second part of a work devoted to the theory of epigraphical cones and their applications. A convex cone $K$ in the Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ is an epigraphical cone if it can be represented as epigraph of a nonnegative sublinear function $f: \mathbb{R}^n\to \mathbb{R}$. We explore the link between the geometric properties of … Read more

Sufficient and Necessary Conditions for Semidefinite Representability of Convex Hulls and Sets

The article proves sufficient conditions and necessary conditions for SDP representability of convex sets and convex hulls by proposing a new approach to construct SDP representations. The contributions of this paper are: (i) For bounded SDP representable sets $W_1,\cdots,W_m$, we give an explicit construction of an SDP representation for $conv(\cup_{k=1}^mW_k)$. This provides a technique for … Read more