Lagrangian Smoothing Heuristic for Max-Cut

This paper presents smoothing heuristics for an NP-hard combinatorial problem based on Lagrangian relaxation. We formulate the Lagrangian dual for this nonconvex quadratic problem and propose eigenvalue nonsmooth unconstrained optimization to solve the dual problem with bundle or subgradient methods. Derived heuristics are considered to obtain good primal solutions through pathfollowing methods using a projected gradient algorithm. Starting points are drawn using several sampling techniques that use randomization and eigenvectors. The proposed method turns out to be competitive with the most recent ones. The idea presented here is generic and can be generalized, to all problems where convex Lagrangian relaxation can be applied. Furthermore, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a Lagrangian heuristic is combined with pathfollowing techniques.


technical report NR-2002-6, May 2002. Institut für Mathematik, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany.



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