Convex Hull Representations for Bounded Products of Variables

It is well known that the convex hull of {(x,y,xy)}, where (x,y) is constrained to lie in a box, is given by the Reformulation-Linearization Technique (RLT) constraints. Belotti et al. (2010) and Miller et al. (2011) showed that if there are additional upper and/or lower bounds on the product z=xy, then the convex hull can … Read more

Solving non-monotone equilibrium problems via a DIRECT-type approach

A global optimization approach for solving non-monotone equilibrium problems (EPs) is proposed. The class of (regularized) gap functions is used to reformulate any EP as a constrained global optimization program and some bounds on the Lipschitz constant of such functions are provided. The proposed global optimization approach is a combination of an improved version of … Read more

Pump scheduling in drinking water distribution networks with an LP/NLP-based branch and bound

This paper offers a novel approach for computing globally optimal solutions to the pump scheduling problem in drinking water distribution networks. A tight integer linear relaxation of the original non-convex formulation is devised and solved by branch and bound where integer nodes are investigated through non-linear programming to check the satisfaction of the non-convex constraints … Read more

A Finitely Convergent Disjunctive Cutting Plane Algorithm for Bilinear Programming

\(\) In this paper we present and analyze a finitely-convergent disjunctive cutting plane algorithm to obtain an \(\epsilon\)-optimal solution or detect infeasibility of a general nonconvex continuous bilinear program. While the cutting planes are obtained in a manner similar to Saxena, Bonami, and Lee [Math. Prog. 130: 359–413, 2011] and Fampa and Lee [J. Global … Read more

Global Solution of the Clustering Problem via Graph Theoretical Approach

In this article we consider clustering problems which we model as a non-convex continuous minimization problem with the maximum norm representing the distance measure. We then reformulate this continuous problem in light of graph theoretical instances which enables us to construct a bisection algorithm converging to the globally minimal value of the original clustering problem … Read more

A dimensionality reduction technique for unconstrained global optimization of functions with low effective dimensionality

We investigate the unconstrained global optimization of functions with low effective dimensionality, that are constant along certain (unknown) linear subspaces. Extending the technique of random subspace embeddings in [Wang et al., Bayesian optimization in a billion dimensions via random embeddings. JAIR, 55(1): 361–387, 2016], we study a generic Random Embeddings for Global Optimization (REGO) framework … Read more

On tackling reverse convex constraints for non-overlapping of unequal circles

We study the unequal circle-circle non-overlapping constraints, a form of reverse convex constraints that often arise in optimization models for cutting and packing applications. The feasible region induced by the intersection of circle-circle non-overlapping constraints is highly non-convex, and standard approaches to construct convex relaxations for spatial branch-and-bound global optimization of such models typically yield … Read more

On Generalized Surrogate Duality in Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Programming

The most important ingredient for solving mixed-integer nonlinear programs (MINLPs) to global epsilon-optimality with spatial branch and bound is a tight, computationally tractable relaxation. Due to both theoretical and practical considerations, relaxations of MINLPs are usually required to be convex. Nonetheless, current optimization solver can often successfully handle a moderate presence of nonconvexities, which opens … Read more

Visible points, the separation problem, and applications to MINLP

In this paper we introduce a technique to produce tighter cutting planes for mixed-integer non-linear programs. Usually, a cutting plane is generated to cut off a specific infeasible point. The underlying idea is to use the infeasible point to restrict the feasible region in order to obtain a tighter domain. To ensure validity, we require … Read more

A Method for Convex Black-Box Integer Global Optimization

We study the problem of minimizing a convex function on the integer lattice when the function cannot be evaluated at noninteger points. We propose a new underestimator that does not require access to (sub)gradients of the objective but, rather, uses secant linear functions that interpolate the objective function at previously evaluated points. These linear mappings … Read more