Optimization Models

Optimization Models

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Emphasizing practical understanding over the technicalities of specific algorithms, this elegant textbook is an accessible introduction to the field of optimization, focusing on powerful and reliable convex optimization techniques. Students and practitioners will learn how to recognize, simplify, model and solve optimization problems - and apply these principles to their own projects. A clear and self-contained introduction to linear algebra demonstrates core mathematical concepts in a way that is easy to follow, and helps students to understand their practical relevance. Requiring only a basic understanding of geometry, calculus, probability and statistics, and striking a careful balance between accessibility and rigor, it enables students to quickly understand the material, without being overwhelmed by complex mathematics. Accompanied by numerous end-of-chapter problems, an online solutions manual for instructors, and relevant examples from diverse fields including engineering, data science, economics, finance, and management, this is the perfect introduction to optimization for undergraduate and graduate students.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 352 b/w illus. 126 exercises
  • 1139990616
  • 9781139990615

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'In Optimization Models, Calafiore and El Ghaoui have created a beautiful and very much needed on-ramp to the world of modern mathematical optimization and its wide range of applications. They lead an undergraduate, with not much more than basic calculus behind her, from the basics of linear algebra all the way to modern optimization-based machine learning, image processing, control, and finance, to name just a few applications. Until now, these methods and topics were accessible only to graduate students in a few fields, and the few undergraduates who brave the daunting prerequisites. The book's seamless integration of mathematics and applications, and its focus on modeling practical problems and algorithmic solution methods, will be very appealing to a wide audience.' Stephen Boyd, Stanford University, Californiashow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Linear Algebra: 2. Vectors; 3. Matrices; 4. Symmetric matrices; 5. Singular value decomposition; 6. Linear equations and least-squares; 7. Matrix algorithms; Part II. Convex Optimization: 8. Convexity; 9. Linear, quadratic and geometric models; 10. Second-order cone and robust models; 11. Semidefinite models; 12. Introduction to algorithms; Part III. Applications: 13. Learning from data; 14. Computational finance; 15. Control problems; 16. Engineering design.show more

About Giuseppe C. Calafiore

Giuseppe C. Calafiore is an Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino, and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering, National Research Council of Italy. Laurent El Ghaoui is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and the Berkeley Center for New Media, at the University of California, Berkeley.show more

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