On the strength of recursive McCormick relaxations for binary polynomial optimization

Recursive McCormick relaxations have been among the most popular convexification techniques for binary polynomial optimization problems. It is well-understood that both the quality and the size of these relaxations depend on the recursive sequence and finding an optimal recursive sequence amounts to solving a difficult combinatorial optimization problem. In this paper, we prove that any … Read more

Superadditive duality and convex hulls for mixed-integer conic optimization

We present an infinite family of linear valid inequalities for a mixed-integer conic program, and prove that these inequalities describe the convex hull of the feasible set when this set is bounded and described by integral data. The main element of our proof is to establish a new strong superadditive dual for mixed-integer conic programming … Read more

Copositive programming for mixed-binary quadratic optimization via Ising solvers

Recent years have seen significant advances in quantum/quantum-inspired technologies capable of approximately searching for the ground state of Ising spin Hamiltonians. The promise of leveraging such technologies to accelerate the solution of difficult optimization problems has spurred an increased interest in exploring methods to integrate Ising problems as part of their solution process, with existing … Read more

Relaxations and Cutting Planes for Linear Programs with Complementarity Constraints

We study relaxations for linear programs with complementarity constraints, especially instances whose complementary pairs of variables are not independent. Our formulation is based on identifying vertex covers of the conflict graph of the instance and generalizes the extended reformulation-linearization technique of Nguyen, Richard, and Tawarmalani to instances with general complementarity conditions between variables. We demonstrate … Read more

V-polyhedral disjunctive cuts

We introduce V-polyhedral disjunctive cuts (VPCs) for generating valid inequalities from general disjunctions. Cuts are critical to modern integer programming solvers, but their benefit is only realized when the cuts are applied recursively, causing numerical instability and “tailing off” of cut strength after several rounds. To mitigate these difficulties, the VPC framework offers a practical … Read more

Exact solution methods for the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with a flexible Project Structure

The Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with a flexible Project Structure (RCPSP-PS) is a generalization of the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem (RCPSP). The objective of the RCPSP-PS is to find a minimal makespan schedule subject to precedence and resource constraints, while only having to execute a subset of all activities. We present a general … Read more

Mixed-Integer Programming Techniques for the Minimum Sum-of-Squares Clustering Problem

The minimum sum-of-squares clustering problem is a very important problem in data mining and machine learning with very many applications in, e.g., medicine or social sciences. However, it is known to be NP-hard in all relevant cases and to be notoriously hard to be solved to global optimality in practice. In this paper, we develop … Read more

Rank-one Boolean tensor factorization and the multilinear polytope

We consider the NP-hard problem of approximating a tensor with binary entries by a rank-one tensor, referred to as rank-one Boolean tensor factorization problem. We formulate this problem, in an extended space of variables, as the problem of minimizing a linear function over a highly structured multilinear set. Leveraging on our prior results regarding the … Read more

The Chvátal-Gomory Procedure for Integer SDPs with Applications in Combinatorial Optimization

In this paper we study the well-known Chvátal-Gomory (CG) procedure for the class of integer semidefinite programs (ISDPs). We prove several results regarding the hierarchy of relaxations obtained by iterating this procedure. We also study different formulations of the elementary closure of spectrahedra. A polyhedral description of the elementary closure for a specific type of … Read more

A Finitely Convergent Cutting Plane, and a Bender’s Decomposition Algorithm for Mixed-Integer Convex and Two-Stage Convex Programs using Cutting Planes

We consider a general mixed-integer convex program. We first develop an algorithm for solving this problem, and show its nite convergence. We then develop a finitely convergent decomposition algorithm that separates binary variables from integer and continuous variables. The integer and continuous variables are treated as second stage variables. An oracle for generating a parametric … Read more