Mathematical Programming Formulations for Piecewise Polynomial Functions

This paper studies mathematical programming formulations for solving optimization problems with piecewise polynomial (PWP) constraint functions. We elaborate on suitable polynomial bases as a means of efficiently representing PWPs in mathematical programs, comparing and drawing connections between the monomial basis, the Bernstein basis, and B-splines. The theory is presented for both continuous and semi-continuous PWPs. … Read more

Disjunctive cuts for non-convex MINLP

Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming (MINLP) problems present two main challenges: the integrality of a subset of variables and nonconvex (nonlinear) objective function and constraints. Many exact solvers for MINLP are branch-and-bound algorithms that compute a lower bound on the optimal solution using a linear programming relaxation of the original problem. In order to solve these … Read more

On complexity of Selecting Branching Disjunctions in Integer Programming

Branching is an important component of branch-and-bound algorithms for solving mixed integer linear programs. We consider the problem of selecting, at each iteration of the branch-and-bound algorithm, a general branching disjunction of the form $“\pi x \leq \pi_0 \vee \pi x \geq \pi_0 + 1”$, where $\pi, \pi_0$ are integral. We show that the problem … Read more