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# The Identification of Convex Function on Riemannian Manifold

**Academic Editor:**Yuxin Zhao

#### Abstract

The necessary and sufficient condition of convex function is significant in nonlinear convex programming. This paper presents the identification of convex function on Riemannian manifold by use of Penot generalized directional derivative and the Clarke generalized gradient. This paper also presents a method for judging whether a point is the global minimum point in the inequality constraints. Our objective here is to extend the content and proof the necessary and sufficient condition of convex function to Riemannian manifolds.

#### 1. Introduction

Manifold is the space with the local property of Euclidean space. We often judge the warp of the space by measuring its space. The standard of the measurement is called metric. Metric is an intrinsic property and the space with metric is called Riemannian space. Riemann manifold is a differential manifold which has Riemannian metric. Manifold learning attempts to obtain the intrinsic structure of non-linearly distributed data, which can be used in non-linear dimensionality reduction (NLDR). We can find the meaningful low dimensional structure hidden in the high-dimensional observation data by the non-linear dimension reduction of high data space [1]. Expanding the optimization based on linear space to the nonlinear space (such as Riemannian manifold) is a hot topic in this research field [2]. Convex function is a kind of special function that has a broad application, especially has a wide range of applications in the areas of optimization and mathematical programming, cybernetics, and other fields. Since the useful data is usually not a linear combination of the features in the real world that the nonlinear convex programming problem has become a new research subject [3–5]. In order to have a more in-depth study of nonsmooth and its related problems, several important tools for analyzing nonsmooth problem have been extended from European space to Riemannian Manifold.

In 2004, Ledyacv and Zhu established the concept and algorithm of subdifferential of nonsmooth function in Riemannian manifold and proved that the solution of Hamilton-Jacobi equation defined on Riemannian manifold is unique. They also discussed the concept and variational principle of approximate subdifferential in Riemannian manifold [6, 7]. In 2005, Azagra and others discussed the J. Ferrera subdifferential which was defined on finite dimensional Riemannian manifold and relevant limit subdifferential and analyzed the issues of differential inclusion which were defined on differential manifold by using the concept of generalized derivative [8, 9]. Liu and others expanded (MP) problem from linear space to differential manifold and Fritz John necessary optimality conditions on Riemann manifold was given [10]. In 2008, Gang and Sanyang solved the nondifferentiable multiobjective optimization problems with equality and inequality constraints from Euclidean space to Riemannian manifolds and derived the Fritz-John necessary conditions with generalized gradient formula for weak Pareto optimal solutions from Ekeland variational principle [11]. Wang et al. established the semilocal convergence of sequences which was generated by the Gauss-Newton method (with quasiregular initial points) for the convex composite function on Riemannian manifold [12] by using the majorizing function technique. Bento et al. presented a steepest descent method with Armijo’s rule for multicriteria optimization in the Riemannian context. With assuming quasiconvexity of the multicriteria function and nonnegative curvature of the Riemannian manifold, they proved full convergence of the sequence to a critical Pareto point [13].

Convex programming is of great significance in the study of nonlinear programming theory. Based on the above research results, we will parallel extend the identification of convex function and the optimality conditions of constraint problems from linear space to Riemannian manifold in order to solve the convex programming problem in Riemannian manifold. This paper is set out as follows. In Section 2, we briefly review some preliminary concepts. In Section 3, we introduce the identification of convex function on Riemannian manifold. We make some concluding remarks and suggest future research in this area in Section 4.

#### 2. Preliminaries

Let be an -dimensional Euclidean space; the th coordinate of point is denoted by ; that is is the th coordinate function of .

*Definition 1 (see [14]). *Let be a Hausdorff topological space. If every point of has an open neighborhood , such that an open subset of and -dimensional Euclidean space is homeomorphous, then is called an -dimensional topological manifold.

*Definition 2 (see [10]). *Let be a real-valued function defined on Riemannian manifold, , and let be a coordinate plot which contains . If for all , there exists a constant such that
Then, is a function which meets the local Lipschitz condition in the neighborhood of .

*Definition 3 (see [10]). *Let function be a meet local Lipschitz condition in the neighborhood of the point and be a coordinate plot which contains . The* Clarke* generalized directional derivative of at along the direction of is denoted by
where .

*Definition 4 (see [10]). *Let be a function denoted in Riemannian manifold and meet local Lipschitz condition in the neighborhood of . Then, the element of the subset of cotangent space of
is said to be Clarke generalized gradient in which is at .

The norm of generalized gradient is denoted by

*Definition 5 (see [15]). *Let meet local Lipschitz condition in the neighborhood of and let be a coordinate plot which contains . We define Penot generalized directional derivative of at along the direction of as follows:

If , we define as Penot generalized directional derivative of at along the direction of .

If , we define to represent second-order Penot generalized directional derivative of at along the direction of .

If both and exist, then

#### 3. The Identification of Convex Function on Riemannian Manifold

Theorem 6 (first-order necessary and sufficient condition of convex function). *Let be an -dimensional Riemannian manifold and let be a geodesic convex set, where . If meets local Lipschitz condition in , then the necessary and sufficient condition that is geodesic convex function in is as follows. For , there exists
*

*Proof (necessary condition). *For , there exists

Then, according to the first-order Taylor expansion,

Since is geodesic convex function in , then

Then, from two simultaneous equations of (9) and (10), we get
that is

It follows from that ; hence,
*Sufficient Condition.* For , let .

From the known conditions it follows that

Hence,

Then, from (15) it follows that

Since , then

Thus, is geodesic convex function in .

Theorem 7 (first-order necessary and sufficient condition of strictly convex function). *Let be an -dimensional Riemannian manifold and be a geodesic convex set. Let , meet local Lipschitz condition in , and then the necessary and sufficient condition that is geodesic strictly convex function in is as follows. For , there exists
*

*Proof (necessary condition). *In a similar way with proof of Theorem 6, we get
*Sufficient Condition.* Since is a strictly convex function, then is a convex function. For any two different points in which , there exists , and then .

From Theorem 6 it follows that

Since is a strictly convex function, then

Then, it follows from (20) and (21) that
that is,

Theorem 8 (second-order necessary and sufficient condition of convex function). *Let be an -dimensional Riemannian manifold and be a geodesic convex set. Let , meet local Lipschitz condition in and let be a coordinate plot which contains , and second-order Penot generalized directional derivative of at along the direction of exists. Then, the necessary and sufficient condition that is geodesic convex function in is as follows. For any , there exists .*

*Proof (necessary condition). *Assume that for any , there exists . For any two different points , from Taylor expansion, it follows that

Note that , .

Since is a geodesic convex set, then . From the known conditions it follows that

Hence,
so that

Therefore, is geodesic convex function in according to Theorem 7.*Sufficient Condition.* Since is a geodesic convex set, thus for any and any given nonzero vector , there exists a sufficiently small positive number and thus ; it follows from Taylor expansion that

Since is geodesic convex function in , using Theorem 7, we have

Hence,

Let ; then,

Thus,

That is, for any , there exists .

Theorem 9 (second-order necessary and sufficient condition of strictly convex function). *Let be an -dimensional Riemannian manifold and be a geodesic convex set. Let , meet local Lipschitz condition in and let be a coordinate plot which contains and second-order Penot generalized directional derivative of at along the direction of exists. Then, the necessary and sufficient condition that is geodesic strictly convex function in is as follows. For any , there exists .*

*Proof. *It is similar to the proof of Theorem 8.

*Definition 10. *For the mathematical programming problem
where , are geodesic convex functions in , is an open subset of , is a coordinate plot which contains , and the feasible region of the problem is denoted by

Theorem 11. *Let be an -dimensional Riemannian manifold and let be the optimal solution of the problem. If , , meet local Lipschitz condition in the neighborhood of and is continuous in , where , or the vector group is linearly independent, where , then there exists constant , such that
*

In particular, if meets local Lipschitz condition in the neighborhood of , where , then

Theorem 11 is called Kuhn-Tucker theorem or K-T theorem for short. The necessary condition of the minimum point is called K-T condition and the point which meets the K-T condition is called K-T point.

Theorem 12 (sufficient condition of the minimum point). *Let the minimization problem (33) be a convex programming problem and let be a K-T point. Then, is the global minimum point.*

*Proof. *For , there exists

Since is geodesic convex function, then

For , there exists

Then,

Since is a K-T point, then

Since is geodesic convex function, then

Thus, is the global minimum point.

#### 4. Conclusions

In this paper, we introduce the classical Clarke generalized directional derivative and generalized gradient. Then, we extend the identification of convex function and prove the theorem of the first-order necessary and sufficient condition of convex function and strictly convex function to Riemannian manifolds by use of Penot generalized directional derivative. We have also given the second-order necessary and sufficient condition of convex function and strictly convex function and the Kuhn-Tucker theorem and sufficient condition of the minimum point of the inequality constrained optimization problems. In this way, we can do more research about optimization method on differential manifold. In the future, the theorem and the application of the equality constrained optimization problems and the inequality constrained optimization problems will be explored.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This work is partly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant nos. 61105059, 61175055, 61372187, and 61173100), International Cooperation and Exchange of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 61210306079), Sichuan Key Technology Research and Development Program (Grant no. 2011FZ0051), Radio Administration Bureau of MIIT of China (Grant no. 146), China Institution of Communications (Grant no. 051), and Sichuan Key Laboratory of Intelligent Network Information Processing (Grant no. SGXZD1002-10).

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