Given an undirected graph and a positive integer k, the maximum k-colorable subgraph problem consists of selecting a k-colorable induced subgraph of maximum cardinality. The natural integer programming formulation for this problem exhibits two kinds of symmetry: arbitrarily permuting the color classes and/or applying a non-trivial graph automorphism gives equivalent solutions. It is well known that such symmetries have negative effects of the performance of constraint/integer programming solvers. We investigate the integration of a branch-and-cut algorithm for solving the maximum k-colorable subgraph problem with constraint propagation techniques to handle the symmetry arising from the graph. The latter symmetry is handled by (non-linear) lexicographic ordering constraints and linearizations thereof. In experiments, we evaluate the influence of several components of our algorithm on the performance, including the different symmetry handling methods. We show that several components are crucial for an efficient algorithm; in particular, the handling of graph symmetries yields a significant performance speed-up.
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