On the polyhedrality of closures of multi-branch split sets and other polyhedra with bounded max-facet-width

For a fixed integer $t > 0$, we say that a $t$-branch split set (the union of $t$ split sets) is dominated by another one on a polyhedron $P$ if all cuts for $P$ obtained from the first $t$-branch split set are implied by cuts obtained from the second one. We prove that given a … Read more

Solving Box-Constrained Nonconvex Quadratic Programs

We present effective computational techniques for solving nonconvex quadratic programs with box constraints (BoxQP). We first observe that cutting planes obtained from the Boolean Quadric Polytope (BQP) are computationally effective at reducing the optimality gap of BoxQP. We next show that the Chvatal-Gomory closure of the BQP is given by the odd-cycle inequalities even when … Read more

A new lift-and-project operator

In this paper, we analyze the strength of split cuts in a lift-and-project framework. We first observe that the Lovasz-Schrijver and Sherali-Adams lift-and-project operator hierarchies can be viewed as applying specific 0-1 split cuts to an appropriate extended formulation and demonstrate how to strengthen these hierarchies using additional split cuts. More precisely, we define a … Read more

Cutting planes from extended LP formulations

Given a mixed-integer set defined by linear inequalities and integrality requirements on some of the variables, we consider extended formulations of its continuous (LP) relaxation and study the effect of adding cutting planes in the extended space. In terms of optimization, extended LP formulations do not lead to better bounds as their projection onto the … Read more

On the polyhedrality of cross and quadrilateral closures

Split cuts form a well-known class of valid inequalities for mixed-integer programming problems. Cook, Kannan and Schrijver (1990) showed that the split closure of a rational polyhedron $P$ is again a polyhedron. In this paper, we extend this result from a single rational polyhedron to the union of a finite number of rational polyhedra. We … Read more

Discretization vertex orders in distance geometry

When a weighted graph is an instance of the Distance Geometry Problem (DGP), certain types of vertex orders (called discretization orders) allow the use of a very efficient, precise and robust discrete search algorithm (called Branch-and-Prune). Accordingly, finding such orders is critically important in order to solve DGPs in practice. We discuss three types of … Read more

Strengthened Benders Cuts for Stochastic Integer Programs with Continuous Recourse

With stochastic integer programming as the motivating application, we investigate techniques to use integrality constraints to obtain improved cuts within a Benders decomposition algorithm. We compare the effect of using cuts in two ways: (i) cut-and-project, where integrality constraints are used to derive cuts in the extended variable space, and Benders cuts are then used … Read more

The continuous knapsack set

We study the convex hull of the continuous knapsack set which consists of a single inequality constraint with n non-negative integer and m non-negative bounded continuous variables. When n = 1, this set is a slight generalization of the single arc flow set studied by Magnanti, Mirchandani, and Vachani (1993). We first show that in … Read more

On the Relative Strength of Different Generalizations of Split Cuts

Split cuts are among the most important and well-understood cuts for general mixed-integer programs. In this paper we consider some recent generalizations of split cuts and compare their relative strength. More precisely, we compare the elementary closures of {split}, {cross}, {crooked cross} and general {multi-branch split cuts} as well as cuts obtained from multi-row and … Read more

On t-branch split cuts for mixed-integer programs

In this paper we study the t-branch split cuts introduced by Li and Richard (2008). They presented a family of mixed-integer programs with n integer variables and a single continuous variable and conjectured that the convex hull of integer solutions for any n has unbounded rank with respect to (n-1)-branch split cuts. It was shown … Read more