New formulation and resolution method for the p-Center problem

The $p$-Center problem consists in locating $p$ facilities among a set of $M$ possible locations and assigning $N$ clients to them in order to minimize the maximum distance between a client and the facility to which he is allocated. We present a new integer linear programming formulation for this Min-Max problem with a polynomial number … Read more

A Mixed Integer Disjunctive Model for Transmission Network Expansion

The classical non-linear mixed integer formulation of the transmission network expansion problem cannot guarantee finding the optimal solution due to its non-convex nature. We propose an alternative mixed integer linear disjunctive formulation, which has better conditioning properties than the standard disjunctive model. The mixed integer program is solved by a commercial Branch and Bound code, … Read more

A Cutting Plane Algorithm for Large Scale Semidefinite Relaxations

The recent spectral bundle method allows to compute, within reasonable time, approximate dual solutions of large scale semidefinite quadratic 0-1 programming relaxations. We show that it also generates a sequence of primal approximations that converge to a primal optimal solution. Separating with respect to these approximations gives rise to a cutting plane algorithm that converges … Read more

The Steinberg Wiring Problem

In 1961 Leon Steinberg formulated a “backboard wiring” problem that has resisted solution for 40 years. Steinberg’s wiring problem is to determine the locations of 34 computer components on a 4 by 9 grid so as to minimize the total length of the wiring required to interconnect them. The problem is an example of a … Read more

Semidefinite relaxations for Max-Cut

We compare several semidefinite relaxations for the cut polytope obtained by applying the lift and project methods of Lov\’asz and Schrijver and of Lasserre. We show that the tightest relaxation is obtained when aplying the Lasserre construction to the node formulation of the max-cut problem. This relaxation $Q_t(G)$ can be defined as the projection on … Read more

A Polyhedral Study of the Cardinality Cosntrained Knapsack Problem

A cardinality constrained knapsack problem is a continuous knapsack problem in which no more than a specified number of nonnegative variables are allowed to be positive. This structure occurs, for example, in areas as finance, location, and scheduling. Traditionally, cardinality constraints are modeled by introducing auxiliary 0-1 variables and additional constraints that relate the continuous … Read more

An Efficient Exact Algorithm for the Vertex p-Center Problem

Inspired by an algorithm due to Minieka, we develop a simple and yet very efficient exact algorithm for the problem of locating p facilities and assigning clients to them in order to minimize the maximum distance between a client and the facility it is assigned to. After a lower bounding phase, the algorithm iteratively sets … Read more

The Sample Average Approximation Method Applied to Stochastic Routing Problems: A Computational Study

The sample average approximation (SAA) method is an approach for solving stochastic optimization problems by using Monte Carlo simulation. In this technique the expected objective function of the stochastic problem is approximated by a sample average estimate derived from a random sample. The resulting sample average approximating problem is then solved by deterministic optimization techniques. … Read more

Polynomial interior point cutting plane methods

Polynomial cutting plane methods based on the logarithmic barrier function and on the volumetric center are surveyed. These algorithms construct a linear programming relaxation of the feasible region, find an appropriate approximate center of the region, and call a separation oracle at this approximate center to determine whether additional constraints should be added to the … Read more

Facets of The Cardinality Constrained Circuit Polytope

The Cardinality Constrained Circuit Problem (CCCP) is the problem of finding a minimum cost circuit in a graph where the circuit is constrained to have at most $k$ edges. The CCCP is NP-Hard. We present classes of facet-inducing inequalities for the convex hull of feasible circuits. Article Download View Facets of The Cardinality Constrained Circuit … Read more