Cuts and semidefinite liftings for the complex cut polytope

\(\) We consider the complex cut polytope: the convex hull of Hermitian rank 1 matrices \(xx^{\mathrm{H}}\), where the elements of \(x \in \mathbb{C}^n\) are \(m\)th unit roots. These polytopes have applications in \({\text{MAX-3-CUT}}\), digital communication technology, angular synchronization and more generally, complex quadratic programming. For \({m=2}\), the complex cut polytope corresponds to the well-known cut … Read more

On the power of linear programming for K-means clustering

In a previous work, we introduced a new linear programming (LP) relaxation for K-means clustering. In this paper, we further investigate the theoretical properties of this relaxation. We focus on K-means clustering with two clusters, which is an NP-hard problem. As evident from our numerical experiments with both synthetic and real-world data sets, the proposed … Read more

A proof for multilinear error bounds

\(\) We derive the error bounds for multilinear terms in $[0,1]^n$ using a proof methodology based on the polyhedral representation of the convex hull. We extend the result for multilinear terms in $[\boldsymbol{L},\boldsymbol{0}] \times [\boldsymbol{0},\boldsymbol{U}]\subset\mathbb{R}^n$. Article Download View A proof for multilinear error bounds

On Rank-Monotone Graph Operations and Minimal Obstruction Graphs for the Lovász-Schrijver SDP Hierarchy

We study the lift-and-project rank of the stable set polytopes of graphs with respect to the Lovász-Schrijver SDP operator LS_+, with a particular focus on finding and characterizing the smallest graphs with a given LS_+-rank (the least number of iterations of the LS_+ operator on the fractional stable set polytope to compute the stable set … Read more

Facets of the knapsack polytope from non-minimal covers

We propose two new classes of valid inequalities (VIs) for the binary knapsack polytope, based on non-minimal covers. We also show that these VIs can be obtained through neither sequential nor simultaneous lifting of well-known cover inequalities. We further provide conditions under which they are facet-defining. The usefulness of these VIs is demonstrated using computational … Read more

Relaxation strength for multilinear optimization: McCormick strikes back

We consider linear relaxations for multilinear optimization problems. In a recent paper, Khajavirad proved that the extended flower relaxation is at least as strong as the relaxation of any recursive McCormick linearization (Operations Research Letters 51 (2023) 146-152). In this paper we extend the result to more general linearizations, and present a simpler proof. Moreover, … Read more

Recycling Valid Inequalities for Robust Combinatorial Optimization with Budget Uncertainty

Robust combinatorial optimization with budget uncertainty is one of the most popular approaches for integrating uncertainty into optimization problems. The existence of a compact reformulation for (mixed-integer) linear programs and positive complexity results give the impression that these problems are relatively easy to solve. However, the practical performance of the reformulation is quite poor when … Read more

When Deep Learning Meets Polyhedral Theory: A Survey

In the past decade, deep learning became the prevalent methodology for predictive modeling thanks to the remarkable accuracy of deep neural networks in tasks such as computer vision and natural language processing. Meanwhile, the structure of neural networks converged back to simpler representations based on piecewise constant and piecewise linear functions such as the Rectified … Read more

An easily computable upper bound on the Hoffman constant for homogeneous inequality systems

\(\)Let $A\in \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}\setminus \{0\}$ and $P:=\{x:Ax\le 0\}$. This paper provides a procedure to compute an upper bound on the following {\em homogeneous Hoffman constant} \[ H_0(A) := \sup_{u\in \mathbb{R}^n \setminus P} \frac{\text{dist}(u,P)}{\text{dist}(Au, \mathbb{R}^m_-)}. \] In sharp contrast to the intractability of computing more general Hoffman constants, the procedure described in this paper is entirely … Read more

The Hamiltonian p-median Problem: Polyhedral Results and Branch-and-Cut Algorithm

\(\) In this paper we study the Hamiltonian \(p\)-median problem, in which a weighted graph on \(n\) vertices is to be partitioned into \(p\) simple cycles of minimum total weight. We introduce two new families of valid inequalities for a formulation of the problem in the space of natural edge variables. Each one of the … Read more