The Bundle Method in Combinatorial Optimization

We propose a dynamic version of the bundle method to get approximate solutions to semidefinite programs with a nearly arbitrary number of linear inequalities. Our approach is based on Lagrangian duality, where the inequalities are dualized, and only a basic set of constraints is maintained explicitly. This leads to function evaluations requiring to solve a relatively simple semidefinite program. Our approach provides accurate solutions to semidefinite relaxations of the Max-Cut and the Equipartition problem, which are not achievable by direct approaches based only on interior-point methods.


Research Report, Univ. Klagenfurt, 2003



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