Global Optimization with Polynomials and the Problem of Moments

  title={Global Optimization with Polynomials and the Problem of Moments},
  author={Jean B. Lasserre},
  journal={SIAM J. Optim.},
  • J. Lasserre
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Mathematics
  • SIAM J. Optim.
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