Facets of Two-Dimensional Infinite Group Problems

In this paper, we lay the foundation for the study of the two-dimensional mixed integer infinite group problem (2DMIIGP). We introduce tools to determine if a given continuous and piecewise linear function over the two-dimensional infinite group is subadditive and to determine whether it defines a facet. We then present two different constructions that yield the first known families of facet-defining inequalities for 2DMIIGP. The first construction uses valid inequalities of the one dimensional integer infinite group problem (1DIIGP) as building block for creating inequalities for the two-dimensional integer infinite group problem (2DIIGP).We prove that this construction yields all continuous piecewise linear facets of the two-dimensional group problem that have exactly two gradients. The second construction we present has three gradients and yields facet-defining inequalities of 2DMIIGP whose continuous coefficients are not dominated by those of facets of one-dimensional mixed integer group problem (1DMIIGP).


To appear in Mathematics of Operations Research