Problem 1 [35 points] Symmetric positive (semi)definite matrices

(a) [(1+4) + (1+4) = 10 points] Outer product matrix

For $x\in\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus\{0\}$, consider the matrix $X = x x^{\top}$.

(i) Is $X\in\mathbb{S}_{+}^{n}$? Explain why/why not.

(ii) Is $X\in\mathbb{S}_{++}^{n}$? Explain why/why not.

Solution for 1(a):

(i) Yes, $X\in\mathbb{S}_{+}^{n}$. To see why, notice first that $X\in\mathbb{S}^{n}$ since $X=X^{\top}=xx^{\top}$. Next, for any $v\in\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus\{0\}$, we have $v^{\top}X v = \left(v^{\top}x\right)^{2} \geq 0$. Therefore, $X\in\mathbb{S}_{+}^{n}$.

(ii) No, the matrix $X\notin\mathbb{S}_{++}^{n}$. This is because from (i), we know $v^{\top}X v = \left(v^{\top}x\right)^{2}$ for all $v\in\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus\{0\}$. Thus, $v^{\top}X v = 0$ whenever the nonzero vectors $x$ and $v$ are orthogonal to each other, i.e., $v^{\top}x=0$.

(b) [(1+4) + (1+4) = 10 points] Copositive matrix

Let $\mathcal{X}$ denote the set of $n\times n$ real copositive matrices (see Lec. 3, p. 1-2).

(i) True or false: $\mathcal{X} \subset \mathbb{S}_{+}^{n}$. Explain your answer.

(ii) True or false: $\mathbb{S}_{+}^{n} \subset \mathcal{X}$. Explain your answer.

Solution for 1(b):

(i) False. For any $v\in\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus\{0\}$, and $X\in\mathcal{X}$, we cannot guarantee $v^{\top}Xv \geq 0$. We can only guarantee it for the componentwise nonnegative vectors $v$, i.e., when $v\in\mathbb{R}_{+}^{n}\setminus\{0\}$. A counterexample was given in Lec. 3, p. 1-2 (in green).

(ii) True, becasue the set $\mathbb{R}^{n}_{+}\setminus\{0\}$ is a subset of $\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus\{0\}$. Thus, all positive semidefinite matrices are copositive.

(c) [15 points] Visualizing $\mathbb{S}_{+}^{2}$

Consider $X = \begin{pmatrix} x & z\\ z & y \end{pmatrix} \in \mathbb{S}_{+}^{2}$ where $x,y,z$ are scalars. Discretize $x,y$ within appropriate intervals and use your favorite programs such as MATLAB/Python/Julia to visualize $\mathbb{S}_{+}^{2}$ as a subset of $\mathbb{R}^{3}$, that is, plot it as a three dimensional set.

Insert the plot in the notebook. Submit your code in the zip file so that we can reproduce your plot.

(Hint: consider the principal minor characterization from Lec. 3, p. 18-20)

Solution for 1(c):

From Lec. 3, p. 18-20, for $X\in\mathbb{S}^{2}_{+}$, we must have that all principal minors of the given symmetric matrix $X$ are nonnegative, that is, $$x\geq 0, \quad y\geq 0, \quad xy - z^{2} \geq 0.$$

Thus, the boundary of the set $\mathbb{S}_{+}^{2}$ must be of the form $z=\pm\sqrt{xy}$ with $x,y$ nonnegative.

A transparent surface plot of this boundary is shown in the following figure. The points on this boundary correspond to positive semidefinite matrices while the interior of this set is $\mathbb{S}_{++}^{2}$ (this is because the leading principal minor condition for strict positive definiteness gives $xy>z^{2}$ with positive $x,y$). The vertex of this set, shown in red dot below, is the $2\times 2$ zero matrix. We learnt in Lec. 5, p. 3-4, that this set is in fact, a convex cone, which confirms the visual intuition gleaned from the plot below. A sample MATLAB code $\texttt{VisualizeSPSD.m}$ to generate the above figure is avalable in the CANVAS Files section.

Problem 2 [5 x 6 = 30 points] Vector unit norm balls

For any fixed $p$ satisfying $0\leq p \leq \infty$, the vector unit $p$-norm ball is a set

$$ \{x\in\mathbb{R}^{n} : \|x\|_{p} \leq 1\} \subset \mathbb{R}^{n}.$$

Clealry, the above set is centered at the origin. For the definition of vector $p$-norm, see Lec. 3, p. 5 .

The following plot shows the two dimensional $p$-norm balls for $p\in\{0.5,1,1.5,2,3.5,\infty\}$ (from left to right, top to bottom).

Use your favorite programs such as MATLAB/Python/Julia to plot the three dimensional $p$-norm balls for the same $p$ as above. Insert the plot in the notebook. Submit your code in the zip file so that we can reproduce your plot.

Solution for 2:

The desired plot is shown below. The Python code $\texttt{}$ to generate the above plot is available in the CANVAS Files section.

Problem 3 [35 points] Schatten $p$-norm of a matrix

In Lec. 3, p. 6-8, we discussed the induced $p$-norm of any matrix $X\in\mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$. A different way to define matrix norm is to simply consider the $p$-norm of the vector comprising of the singular values of $X$.

Specifically, the Schatten $p$-norm of a matrix $X\in\mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ is

$$\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;p} := \left(\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{\min\{m,n\}}\left(\sigma_{i}(X)\right)^{p}\right)^{1/p}.$$

In other words, if we define a vector $\sigma := (\sigma_1, ..., \sigma_{\min\{m,n\}})$, then $\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;p} = \|\sigma\|_{p}$.

(a) [10 points] Schatten 2-norm

Prove that $\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;2} = \|X\|_{\text{F}}$, the Frobenius norm (see Lec. 3, p. 9 bottom).

Solution for 3(a):

We have $\|X\|_{\rm{F}} = \sqrt{\text{trace}(X^{\top}X)} = \sqrt{\sum_{i=1}^{n}\lambda_{i}(X^{\top}X)} = \left(\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{\min\{m,n\}}\left(\sigma_{i}(X)\right)^{2}\right)^{1/2} = \|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;2}.$

The second equality above follows from the fact that the trace of a square matrix is equal to sum of its eigenvalues.

(b) [10 points] Schatten $\infty$-norm

Prove that $\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;\infty} = \|X\|_{\text{Induced}\;2}$, the spectral norm (see Lec. 3, p. 8 bottom).

Solution for 3(b):

We have $\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;\infty} := \|\sigma\|_{\infty} = \sigma_{\max}(X)$, the maximum sigular value of $X$.

On the other hand, from Lec. 3, p. 8, $\|X\|_{\text{Induced}\;2} = \sqrt{\lambda_{\max}\left(X^{\top}X\right)} =: \sigma_{\max}(X)$. Hence the claim.

(c) [10 points] Schatten 1-norm

Prove that if $X\in\mathbb{S}^{n}_{+}$, then $\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;1} = \text{trace}(X)$.

Remark: Schatten 1-norm is also called the nuclear norm, and is extremely important in convex optimization. We will learn more about it later in this course.

Solution for 3(c):

Since $X\in\mathbb{S}^{n}_{+}$, we have $\sigma_{i}(X) := \sqrt{\lambda_{i}(X^{\top}X)} = \sqrt{\lambda_{i}(X^{2})} = \sqrt{\left(\lambda_{i}(X)\right)^{2}} = \lambda_{i}(X)$. The last equality follows from the fact that $\lambda_{i}(X)\geq 0$ for $X\in\mathbb{S}^{n}_{+}$ (see Lec. 3, p. 17).

Therefore, in this case, $\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;1} = \sum_{i=1}^{n}\lambda_{i}(X) = \text{trace}(X)$, as desired.

Remark: Notice that the above calculations show that for $X\in\mathbb{S}^{n}$, we have $\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;1} = \sum_{i=1}^{n}|\lambda_{i}(X)|$.

(d) [1+4 = 5 points] Schatten 0-norm

The vector $0$-norm is defined as the cardinality (that is, number of nonzero entries) of the vector.

What is the interpretation of Schatten 0-norm $\|\sigma\|_{0}$? Explain your answer.

Solution for 3(d):

$\|\sigma\|_{0}$ equals $\text{rank}(X)$.

The reason is that $\|X\|_{\text{Schatten}\;0} := \|\sigma\|_{0} := \text{cardinality}(\sigma) = $ the number of nonzero singular values, which is indeed the rank of $X\in\mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ (Lec. 3, p. 9).