Recovering Dantzig-Wolfe Bounds by Cutting Planes

Dantzig-Wolfe (DW) decomposition is a well-known technique in mixed-integer programming for decomposing and convexifying constraints to obtain potentially strong dual bounds. We investigate Fenchel cuts that can be derived using the DW decomposition algorithm and show that these cuts can provide the same dual bounds as DW decomposition. We show that these cuts, in essence, decompose the objective function cut one can simply write using the DW bound. Compared to the objective function cut, these Fenchel cuts lead to a formulation with lower dual degeneracy, and consequently a better computational performance under the standard branch-and-cut framework in the original space. We also discuss how to strengthen these cuts to improve the computational performance further. We test our approach on the Multiple Knapsack Assignment Problem and show that the proposed cuts are helpful in accelerating the solution time without the need to implement branch and price.



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