Hi,

I want to prove that the following function has a unique minimum and I'm surprised at how hard this is!

The scalars are all positive. The function is defined on the open triangle , , .

Can you think of some simple proof?

I've tried a few things:

take the logarithm

try to show quasi-convexity (which is a stronger result) by several means

try to rule out saddle points (see my post http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...ts-194122.html and answer by xxp9)

try to identify a composition of elementary functions

to no avail

Below is a contour plot of the inverse (because it's nicer to plot than ). The function tends to zero on the border of the triangle. You clearly see there's a unique maximum of (minimum of ) somewhere inside the triangle.