Optimizing hypergraph-based polynomials modeling job-occupancy in queueing with redundancy scheduling

We investigate two classes of multivariate polynomials with variables indexed by the edges of a uniform hypergraph and coefficients depending on certain patterns of union of edges. These polynomials arise naturally to model job-occupancy in some queuing problems with redundancy scheduling policy. The question, posed by Cardinaels, Borstand van Leeuwaarden (arXiv:2005.14566, 2020), is to decide … Read more

Generalized conditional subgradient and generalized mirror descent: duality, convergence, and symmetry

We provide new insight into a generalized conditional subgradient algorithm and a generalized mirror descent algorithm for the convex minimization problem \[\min_x \; \{f(Ax) + h(x)\}.\] As Bach showed in [SIAM J. Optim., 25 (2015), pp. 115–129], applying either of these two algorithms to this problem is equivalent to applying the other one to its … Read more

Exploiting Identical Generators in Unit Commitment

We present sufficient conditions under which thermal generators can be aggregated in mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) formulations of the unit commitment (UC) problem, while maintaining feasibility and optimality for the original disaggregated problem. Aggregating thermal generators with identical characteristics (e.g., minimum/maximum power output, minimum up/down-time, and cost curves) into a single unit reduces redundancy in … Read more

Extended Formulations for Column Constrained Orbitopes

In the literature, packing and partitioning orbitopes were discussed to handle symmetries that act on variable matrices in certain binary programs. In this paper, we extend this concept by restrictions on the number of 1-entries in each column. We develop extended formulations of the resulting polytopes and present numerical results that show their effect on … Read more

Packing, Partitioning, and Covering Symresacks

In this paper, we consider symmetric binary programs that contain set packing, partitioning, or covering inequalities. To handle symmetries as well as set packing, partitioning, or covering constraints simultaneously, we introduce constrained symresacks which are the convex hull of all binary points that are lexicographically not smaller than their image w.r.t. a coordinate permutation and … Read more

Polytopes Associated with Symmetry Handling

This paper investigates a polyhedral approach to handle symmetries in mixed-binary programs. We study symretopes, i.e., the convex hulls of all binary vectors that are lexicographically maximal in their orbit with respect to the symmetry group. These polytopes turn out to be quite complex. For practical use, we therefore develop an integer programming formulation with … Read more

A Computational Comparison of Symmetry Handling Methods for Mixed Integer Programs

The handling of symmetries in mixed integer programs in order to speed up the solution process of branch-and-cut solvers has recently received significant attention, both in theory and practice. This paper compares different methods for handling symmetries using a common implementation framework. We start by investigating the computation of symmetries and analyze the symmetries present … Read more

New symmetries in mixed-integer linear optimization

We present two novel applications of symmetries for mixed-integer linear programming. First we propose two variants of a new heuristic to improve the objective value of a feasible solution using symmetries. These heuristics can use either the actual permutations or the orbits of the variables to find better feasible solutions. Then we introduce a new … Read more

Semidefinite programming and eigenvalue bounds for the graph partition problem

The graph partition problem is the problem of partitioning the vertex set of a graph into a fixed number of sets of given sizes such that the total weight of edges joining different sets is optimized. In this paper we simplify a known matrix-lifting semidefinite programming relaxation of the graph partition problem for several classes … Read more

On Solving a Hard Quadratic 3-Dimensional Assignment Problem

We address the exact solution of a very challenging (and previously unsolved) instance of the quadratic 3-dimensional assignment problem, arising in digital wireless communications. The paper describes the techniques developed to solve this instance to proven optimality, from the choice of an appropriate mixed-integer programming formulation, to cutting planes and symmetry handling. Using these techniques … Read more