Signomials generalize polynomials by allowing arbitrary real exponents, at the expense of restricting the resulting function to the positive orthant. In this talk, I present a signomial Positivstellensatz based on conditional "sums of arithmetic-geometric exponentials" (SAGE). The Positivstellensatz applies to compact sets which need not be convex or even basic semi-algebraic. In the first part of the talk, I explain how this result is derived through the newly-defined concept of signomial rings. Then I show how the same concept leads to a novel convex relaxation hierarchy of lower bounds for signomial optimization. These relaxations (which are based on relative entropy programming) can be solved more reliably than those arising from earlier SAGE-based Positivstellensätze. Moreover, this increase in reliability comes at no apparent cost of longer solver runtimes or worse bounds. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the performance of the hierarchy on a problem in chemical reaction networks. To conclude, I provide an outlook on how any (hierarchical) inner-approximation of the signomial nonnegativity cone yields upper bounds for signomial optimization.

This talk is based on joint work with Riley Murray.


Dr Mareike Dressler


UNSW Sydney


Thursday 2 June 2022, 11am

Seminar Series

Applied Maths Seminar