The Bipartite Boolean Quadric Polytope with Multiple-Choice Constraints

We consider the bipartite boolean quadric polytope (BQP) with multiple-choice constraints and analyse its combinatorial properties. The well-studied BQP is defined as the convex hull of all quadric incidence vectors over a bipartite graph. In this work, we study the case where there is a partition on one of the two bipartite node sets such … Read more

Are Weaker Stationarity Concepts of Stochastic MPCC Problems Significant in Absence of SMPCC-LICQ?

In this article, we study weak stationarity conditions (A- and C-) for a particular class of degenerate stochastic mathematical programming problems with complementarity constraints (SMPCC, for short). Importance of the weak stationarity concepts in absence of SMPCC-LICQ are presented through toy problems in which the point of local or global minimum are weak stationary points … Read more

Stokes, Gibbs and volume computation of semi-algebraic sets

We consider the problem of computing the Lebesgue volume of compact basic semi-algebraic sets. In full generality, it can be approximated as closely as desired by a converging hierarchy of upper bounds obtained by applying the Moment-SOS (sums of squares) methodology to a certain infinite-dimensional linear program (LP). At each step one solves a semidefinite … Read more

Mixed-Projection Conic Optimization: A New Paradigm for Modeling Rank Constraints

We propose a framework for modeling and solving low-rank optimization problems to certifiable optimality. We introduce symmetric projection matrices that satisfy $Y^2 = Y$, the matrix analog of binary variables that satisfy $z^2 = z$, to model rank constraints. By leveraging regularization and strong duality, we prove that this modeling paradigm yields tractable convex optimization … Read more

A structured modified Newton approach for solving systems of nonlinear equations arising in interior-point methods for quadratic programming

The focus in this work is interior-point methods for quadratic optimization problems with linear inequality constraints where the system of nonlinear equations that arise are solved with Newton-like methods. In particular, the concern is the system of linear equations to be solved at each iteration. Newton systems give high quality solutions but there is an … Read more

Accelerating Domain Propagation: an Efficient GPU-Parallel Algorithm over Sparse Matrices

Fast domain propagation of linear constraints has become a crucial component of today’s best algorithms and solvers for mixed integer programming and pseudo-boolean optimization to achieve peak solving performance. Irregularities in the form of dynamic algorithmic behaviour, dependency structures, and sparsity patterns in the input data make efficient implementations of domain propagation on GPUs and, … Read more

Spectral Residual Method for Nonlinear Equations on Riemannian Manifolds

In this paper, the spectral algorithm for nonlinear equations (SANE) is adapted to the problem of finding a zero of a given tangent vector field on a Riemannian manifold. The generalized version of SANE uses, in a systematic way, the tangent vector field as a search direction and a continuous real–valued function that adapts this … Read more

Constrained global optimization of functions with low effective dimensionality using multiple random embeddings

We consider the bound-constrained global optimization of functions with low effective dimensionality, that are constant along an (unknown) linear subspace and only vary over the effective (complement) subspace. We aim to implicitly explore the intrinsic low dimensionality of the constrained landscape using feasible random embeddings, in order to understand and improve the scalability of algorithms … Read more

A Branch-Cut-and-Price Algorithm for the Time-Dependent Electric Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows

The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) within last-mile deliveries is considered one of the key transformations towards more sustainable logistics. The inclusion of EVs introduces new operational constraints to the models such as a restricted driving range and the possibility to perform recharges in-route. The discharge of the typical batteries is complex and depends on … Read more

Economic inexact restoration for derivative-free expensive function minimization and applications

The Inexact Restoration approach has proved to be an adequate tool for handling the problem of minimizing an expensive function within an arbitrary feasible set by using different degrees of precision in the objective function. The Inexact Restoration framework allows one to obtain suitable convergence and complexity results for an approach that rationally combines low- … Read more