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SJ Griffin

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Mathematicians please help.
Posted: Sep 19, 1996 12:14 PM
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does anyone have any thoughts on how to solve the following problem.

Let -1
J = v' [ F(s)' [ F(s) F(s)'] F(s) ] v

given "F(s)" and "v" find "s" that minimises "J".

Jo = min v' [ F(s)' [ F(s) F(s)'] F(s) ] v

Where "F(s)" is a first order matrix polynomial (see below), "v" is a
comlpex nX1 vector and " ' " means conjugate transpose.

F(s) = FA - Fs

Where "F" is a real rXn matrix "A" is a real nXn matrix "s" is a complex
scalar and "n" is always greater than "r".

Here are some observations

1) When v and s are real then a solution can be found. By evaluatong "J"
and differentiating the resulting rational polynomial.

2) The matrix "[ F(s)' [ F(s) F(s)'] F(s) ]" has the following

i) It is idempotent ( F(s) F(s) = F(s) )
ii) It is a projector.
iii) It has eigenvalues of 0 and 1 only.
iv) It is hermtian

3) The function always evalutes to a real value between 0 and ||v||
where ||.|| is the euclidean vector norm.

4) Examples show the function is NOT convex there may be local minima.

5) "F(s)' = F(conj(s)) " where "T" is transpose and "conj(s)" is the
complex conjugate of s.

If you can point me in the direction of some relevant references or
have some suggestions I would be very grateful. This probelm has
been teasing me for the past 2 months and I've finally reached an
impasse, having exhausted all my ideas.



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