Linear Programming using Limited-Precision Oracles

Since the elimination algorithm of Fourier and Motzkin, many different methods have been developed for solving linear programs. When analyzing the time complexity of LP algorithms, it is typically either assumed that calculations are performed exactly and bounds are derived on the number of elementary arithmetic operations necessary, or the cost of all arithmetic operations … Read more

Exploring the Numerics of Branch-and-Cut for Mixed Integer Linear Optimization

We investigate how the numerical properties of the LP relaxations evolve throughout the solution procedure in a solver employing the branch-and-cut algorithm. The long-term goal of this work is to determine whether the effect on the numerical conditioning of the LP relaxations resulting from the branching and cutting operations can be effectively predicted and whether … Read more

Verifying Integer Programming Results

Software for mixed-integer linear programming can return incorrect results for a number of reasons, one being the use of inexact floating-point arithmetic. Even solvers that employ exact arithmetic may suffer from programming or algorithmic errors, motivating the desire for a way to produce independently verifiable certificates of claimed results. Due to the complex nature of … Read more

On Sublinear Inequalities for Mixed Integer Conic Programs

This paper studies $K$-sublinear inequalities, a class of inequalities with strong relations to K-minimal inequalities for disjunctive conic sets. We establish a stronger result on the sufficiency of $K$-sublinear inequalities. That is, we show that when $K$ is the nonnegative orthant or the second-order cone, $K$-sublinear inequalities together with the original conic constraint are always … Read more

Iterative Refinement for Linear Programming

We describe an iterative refinement procedure for computing extended precision or exact solutions to linear programming problems (LPs). Arbitrarily precise solutions can be computed by solving a sequence of closely related LPs with limited precision arithmetic. The LPs solved share the same constraint matrix as the original problem instance and are transformed only by modification … Read more