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2nd order approx. of barrier function

  1. Sep 20, 2015 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    write the 2nd order taylor series for the log barrier function $$-\sum_{i=1}^{m}(b_{i}-a_{i}^{T}x)$$

    2. Relevant equations
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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Here is my attempt at a solution
    $$\nabla f(x)=f(x_{0})-\sum_{i=1}^{m}\bigg(\dfrac{a_{i}}{b_{i}-a_{i}^{T}x}\bigg)(x-x_{0})-\dfrac{1}{2}(x-x_{0})^{T}\sum_{i=1}^{m}\bigg(\dfrac{a_{i}^{T}a_{i}}{(b_{i}-a_{i}^{T}x)^{2}}\bigg)(x-x_{0})$$

    So, my problem is i've never really encountered calculating gradients and hessians for vector valued functions of only one variable (x, in this case). Am I way out to lunch?

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  3. Sep 25, 2015 #2
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  4. Sep 26, 2015 #3


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    Perhaps it would help if you were to say exactly what the "log barrier function" is!
  5. Sep 26, 2015 #4


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    oh I typed it wrong


    But I know now that what I have above is not correct. I think the gradient might be right actually, but the hessian is certainly not.
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