A Polyhedral Study for the Cubic Formulation of the Unconstrained Traveling Tournament Problem

We consider the unconstrained traveling tournament problem, a sports timetabling problem that minimizes traveling of teams. Since its introduction about 20 years ago, most research was devoted to modeling and reformulation approaches. In this paper we carry out a polyhedral study for the cubic integer programming formulation by establishing the dimension of the integer hull … Read more

Relating Single-Scenario Facets to the Convex Hull of the Extensive Form of a Stochastic Single-Node Flow Polytope

Stochastic mixed-integer programs (SMIPs) are a widely-used modeling paradigm for sequential decision making under uncertainty. One popular solution approach to solving SMIPs is to solve the so-called “extensive form” directly as a large-scale (deterministic) mixed-integer program. In this work, we consider the question of when a facet-defining inequality for the convex hull of a deterministic, … Read more

New facets for the consecutive ones polytope

A 0/1 matrix has the Consecutive Ones Property if a permutation of its columns exists such that the ones appear consecutively in each row. In many applications, one has to find a matrix having the consecutive ones property and optimizing a linear objective function. For this problem, literature proposes, among other approaches, an Integer Linear … Read more

Convex Hull Characterizations of Lexicographic Orderings

Given a p-dimensional nonnegative, integral vector α, this paper characterizes the convex hull of the set S of nonnegative, integral vectors x that is lexicographically less than or equal to α. To obtain a finite number of elements in S, the vectors x are restricted to be component-wise upper-bounded by an integral vector u. We … Read more

A (k+1)-Slope Theorem for the k-Dimensional Infinite Group Relaxation

We prove that any minimal valid function for the k-dimensional infinite group relaxation that is piecewise linear with at most k+1 slopes and does not factor through a linear map with non-trivial kernel is extreme. This generalizes a theorem of Gomory and Johnson for k=1, and Cornu\’ejols and Molinaro for k=2. Article Download View A … Read more

On Mixing Sets Arising in Chance-Constrained Programming

The mixing set with a knapsack constraint arises in deterministic equivalent of probabilistic programming problems with finite discrete distributions. We first consider the case that the probabilistic program has equal probabilities for each scenario. We study the resulting mixing set with a cardinality constraint and propose facet-defining inequalities that subsume known explicit inequalities for this … Read more

An exact algorithm for solving the ring star problem

This paper deals with the ring star problem that consists in designing a ring that pass through a central depot, and then assigning each non visited customer to a node of the ring. The objective is to minimize the total routing and assignment costs. A new chain based formulation is proposed. Valid inequalities are proposed … Read more

Uncapacitated Lot Sizing with Backlogging: The Convex Hull

An explicit description of the convex hull of solutions to the uncapacitated lot-sizing problem with backlogging, in its natural space of production, setup, inventory and backlogging variables, has been an open question for many years. In this paper, we identify facet-defining inequalities that subsume all previously known valid inequalities for this problem. We show that … Read more

Set covering and packing formulations of graph coloring: algorithms and first polyhedral results

We consider two (0,1)-linear programming formulations of the graph (vertex-)coloring problem, in which variables are associated to stable sets of the input graph. The first one is a set covering formulation, where the set of vertices has to be covered by a minimum number of stable sets. The second is a set packing formulation, in … Read more

Sequential pairing of mixed integer inequalities

We present a scheme for generating new valid inequalities for mixed integer programs by taking pair-wise combinations of existing valid inequalities. Our scheme is related to mixed integer rounding and mixing. The scheme is in general sequence-dependent and therefore leads to an exponential number of inequalities. For some important cases, we identify combination sequences that … Read more