In mathematics, Slater's condition (or Slater condition) is a sufficient condition for strong duality to hold for a convex optimization problem, named after Morton L. Slater. Informally, Slater's condition states that the feasible region must have an interior point (see technical details below).
Slater's condition is a specific example of a constraint qualification. In particular, if Slater's condition holds for the primal problem, then the duality gap is 0, and if the dual value is finite then it is attained.
Consider the optimization problem
In words, Slater's condition for convex programming states that strong duality holds if there exists an such that is feasible (i.e. all constraints are satisfied and the nonlinear constraints are satisfied with strict inequalities).
Mathematically, Slater's condition states that strong duality holds if there exists an (where relint denotes the relative interior of the convex set ) such that
- (the convex, nonlinear constraints)
Given the problem
where is convex and is -convex for each . Then Slater's condition says that if there exists an such that
then strong duality holds.
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