Quadratic Programming

What Is Quadratic Programming?

Quadratic programming (QP) is minimizing or maximizing an objective function subject to bounds, linear equality, and inequality constraints. Example problems include portfolio optimization in finance, power generation optimization for electrical utilities, and design optimization in engineering.

Quadratic programming is the mathematical problem of finding a vector x that minimizes a quadratic function:

\[\min_{x} \left\{\frac{1}{2}x^{\mathsf{T}}Hx + f^{\mathsf{T}}x\right\}\]

Subject to the constraints:

\[\begin{eqnarray}Ax \leq b & \quad & \text{(inequality constraint)} \\A_{eq}x = b_{eq} & \quad & \text{(equality constraint)} \\lb \leq x \leq ub & \quad & \text{(bound constraint)}\end{eqnarray}\]

You can use MATLAB® to implement the following commonly used algorithms to solve quadratic programming problems:

For more information about quadratic programming, see Optimization Toolbox™.

See also: Optimization Toolbox, Global Optimization Toolbox, linear programming, integer programming, nonlinear programming, multiobjective optimization, genetic algorithm, simulated annealing, prescriptive analytics, Convex Optimization