Cutting-plane algorithm for sparse estimation of the Cox proportional-hazards model

Survival analysis is a family of statistical methods for analyzing event occurrence times. In this paper, we address the mixed-integer optimization approach to sparse estimation of the Cox proportional-hazards model for survival analysis. Specifically, we propose a high-performance cutting-plane algorithm based on reformulation of bilevel optimization for sparse estimation. This algorithm solves the upper-level problem … Read more

On optimally solving sub-tree scheduling for wireless sensor networks with partial coverage

Energy efficiency and balancing are very important issues from the perspective of increasing the lifetime of a wireless sensor network (WSN). In this study, we concentrate on energy balancing. Given a WSN, we consider the problem to minimize its total power consumption over consecutive time slots with respect to communication activities. Disjoint subsets of nodes … Read more

Two Benders-type Branch-and-Cut Algorithms for Capacitated Facility Location with Single-Sourcing

We consider mixed 0-1 integer programs of the form $\min\{cx+hy: Ax+By \geq b, x \in \{0,1\}^n,y \in \{0,1\}^p \times \R^{N-p}_+\}$ in which the subproblem arising when $x$ is fixed has special structure. One such example is the capacitated facility location problem with single-sourcing in which the linear programming relaxation of the subproblem is a transportation … Read more

On the Complexity of Finding Shortest Variable Disjunction Branch-and-Bound Proofs

We investigate the complexity of finding small branch-and-bound trees using variable disjunctions. We first show that it is not possible to approximate the size of a smallest branch-and-bound tree within a factor of 2^(1/5) in time 2^(\delta n) with \delta < 1/5, unless the strong exponential time hypothesis fails. Similarly, for any \varepsilon > 0, … Read more

Branch-and-Bound Performance Estimation Programming: A Unified Methodology for Constructing Optimal Optimization Methods

We present the Branch-and-Bound Performance Estimation Programming (BnB-PEP), a unified methodology for constructing optimal first-order methods for convex and nonconvex optimization. BnB-PEP poses the problem of finding the optimal optimization method as a nonconvex but practically tractable quadratically constrained quadratic optimization problem and solves it to certifiable global optimality using a customized branch-and-bound algorithm. By … Read more

Heuristic approaches for split delivery vehicle routing problems

We propose a matheuristic approach to solve split delivery variants of the vehicle routing problem (VRP). The proposed method is based on the use of several mathematical programming components within an Iterated Local Search metaheuristic framework. In addition to well-known VRP local search heuristics, we include new types of improvement and perturbation strategies that are … Read more

Models and Algorithms for the Weighted Safe Set Problem

Given a connected graph G = (V, E), a Safe Set S is a subset of the vertex set V such that the cardinality of each connected component in the subgraph induced by V \ S does not exceed the cardinality of any neighbor connected component in the subgraph induced by S. When the vertices … Read more

Faster exact solution of sparse MaxCut and QUBO problems

The maximum-cut problem is one of the fundamental problems in combinatorial optimization. With the advent of quantum computers, both the maximum-cut and the equivalent quadratic unconstrained binary optimization problem have experienced much interest in recent years. This article aims to advance the state of the art in the exact solution of both problems-by using mathematical … Read more

The impact of passive social media users in (competitive) influence maximization

A frequently studied problem in the context of digital marketing for online social networks is the influence maximization problem that seeks for an initial seed set of influencers that trigger an information propagation cascade (in terms of message-forwarding) of expected maximum impact. The studied problems typically neglect that the probability that individuals only view content … Read more

The SCIP Optimization Suite 8.0

The SCIP Optimization Suite provides a collection of software packages for mathematical optimization centered around the constraint integer programming framework SCIP. This paper discusses enhancements and extensions contained in version 8.0 of the SCIP Optimization Suite. Major updates in SCIP include improvements in symmetry handling and decomposition algorithms, new cutting planes, a new plugin type … Read more