Class ConstrainedMinimizationProblem

Defined in tensorflow/contrib/constrained_optimization/python/

Abstract class representing a ConstrainedMinimizationProblem.

A ConstrainedMinimizationProblem consists of an objective function to minimize, and a set of constraint functions that are constrained to be nonpositive.

In addition to the constraint functions, there may (optionally) be proxy constraint functions: a ConstrainedOptimizer will attempt to penalize these proxy constraint functions so as to satisfy the (non-proxy) constraints. Proxy constraints could be used if the constraints functions are difficult or impossible to optimize (e.g. if they're piecewise constant), in which case the proxy constraints should be some approximation of the original constraints that is well-enough behaved to permit successful optimization.



Returns the vector of constraint functions.

Letting g_i be the ith element of the constraints vector, the ith constraint will be g_i <= 0.


A tensor of constraint functions.


Returns the number of constraints.


An int containing the number of constraints.


  • ValueError: If the constraints (or proxy_constraints, if present) do not have fully-known shapes, OR if proxy_constraints are present, and the shapes of constraints and proxy_constraints are fully-known, but they're different.


Returns the objective function.


A 0d tensor that should be minimized.


Returns the optional vector of proxy constraint functions.

The difference between constraints and proxy_constraints is that, when proxy constraints are present, the constraints are merely EVALUATED during optimization, whereas the proxy_constraints are DIFFERENTIATED. If there are no proxy constraints, then the constraints are both evaluated and differentiated.

For example, if we want to impose constraints on step functions, then we could use these functions for constraints. However, because a step function has zero gradient almost everywhere, we can't differentiate these functions, so we would take proxy_constraints to be some differentiable approximation of constraints.


A tensor of proxy constraint functions.