Constrained Discrete-time optimal control(two boundary value problem)

(Domenico Laviola) #1

Hi, I’m a student and this is my first approach to optimization and obviously the same for cvx . I trying to develop a guidance control algorithm and it works if I consider a simple optimization problem as follow(it works well on 4°order system built on the same philosophy but i will use 1° order system for to explain my problem in a simple way ):

I rewrite my system in such a way to eliminate the dependence to x(k)

% x(2:k+1)=Fxo+Hu =

% x[2:k+1] =[A … A^k]'x0 + [ A^0B 0 … 0 ]
% %%%%%%%%%%%%%[ A^1*B B 0 0 ]U_vett(1:K)
% %%%%%%%%%%%%%[ … … B 0 ]
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%[ A^k
B A^(k-1)B A^(k-2)B A^(k-n)B ]

% with A=1 B=1

clear all

H=[1 0 0;1 1 0;1 1 1];


variables u(N) v(N)

minimize( u’*u)

subject to




hold on

BUT if I consider the optimization problem as follow :
. Cattura2
It doesn’t work and the causes is q.T(element-wise multiplication) and i don’t understand why. q.T is a column vector as u in the previous example. The . is supported in CVX as written on reference guide–>Arithmetic operators
the code is the following:
clear all



variables q(N) T(N) v(N)

minimize( (q.T)’(q.*T)+v’*v)

subject to

v==[1;1;1]*v(1)+[1 0 0;1 1 0;1 1 1]*q.T0.1;

%Error using .* (line 262)
%Disciplined convex programming error:
%Invalid quadratic form(s): not a square.

I had tried to create a function inside CVX but don’t work.

I hope that someone could help me. I would be very very gratefull

(Mark L. Stone) #2

q.*T where q and T are both CVX variables is not in compliance with the DCP rules. Of course, if you declare a CVX varaible u, and have it be what you think of as q.*T, but CVX is never presented with q.*T, then you have gotten around that.

DCP doesn’t allow multiplication of 2 or more different CVX variables, except in geometric programming mode. Consider x*y where x and y are scalar CVX variables. That is an indefinite (non-convex) form. Things don’t get better in higher dimensions. Of course if you don’t need x and y, other than as their product, then you can get around that as above.

(Domenico Laviola) #3

houston we have a problem… I need x, y in higher dimensions. Thanks mark you saved me from becoming crazy !!!
I will ask advaices to my professor

(Mark L. Stone) #4

The question is whether you also need them separately (problem) or only multiplied together (not a problem by just using a single (vector) variable for their product).