# Questions tagged [linear-programming]

Optimization with a linear objective function, subject to linear equality and linear inequality constraints.

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### What's the complexity of solving a packing LP?

Linear Programming is in polynomial time weakly (when numbers are encoded in unary). AFAIK it remains open if it is possible to solve LP in polynomial time strongly (when numbers are encoded in ...
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### Formulating shortest path as submodular minimization

I'm curious about the general question of whether any combinatorial optimization problem with polynomial time solution can necessarily be reformulated as minimizing a submodular function. The answer ...
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### How are basic feasible solutions in linear programming related to vertices in its corresponding polytope?

In Section 2.3.3 "Polytopes and LP" of the book "Combinatorial Optimization: Algorithms and Complexity" by Christos H. Papadimitriou, Theorem 2.4 establishes the relation between bfs's (basic feasible ...
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### Time complexity of linear programming with small number of variables

I have a linear program with $n$ variables, $m$ constraints and $O(nm)$ bit total length (the constraint matrix contains only zeros and ones). I am interested in finding a polynomial time algorithm ...
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### Exponential example for simplex used in SMT solvers

The original simplex algorithm requires an exponential number of pivot operations in the worst case, e.g., if run on the Klee-Minty example [3,4]. What about the simplex algorithm used in SMT solvers ...
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### Authors of Complementary Slackness

Who were the first researchers to prove the Complementary Slackness condition for linear programming? I believe that strong optimality was proved by Gale, Kuhn, and Tucker in 1951, but I couldn't ...
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### Does it make sense to examine the dual of a feasbility problem?

Consider a standard feasibility problem. The goal is to examine the state of feasible solutions for $Ax=b$ to find an $x$ that satisfies some property. Does the dual of this problem tell us anything ...
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### Repeated linear programming with similar (not identical) problems

I have multiple linear programming problems of the form: $$Minimize\{c^{T}\cdot x\} s.t. Ax = b, x \ge 0$$ Where $c$ and $A$ are fixed for all the problems. Is there any way to utilize that for a ...
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### Intuitive self-contained proof of Farkas' Lemma

I've been studying the proof of Farkas' Lemma, and given my rather fuzzy memory of Linear Algebra, am having some trouble with it. One version of Farkas' lemma states: For any convex cone generated ...
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### Showing a linear program is infeasible or finding a feasible solution

I'm aware that for any given maximize/minimize LP problem, if its dual is unbounded then the primary is infeasible and vice versa. But what if there is no maximize/minimize objective function? For ...
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### Algorithm to optimize polling frequency between producer and consumer

I am trying to optimize what we call AJAX request polling frequency in the domain of web design. Here's a general version of the problem in simple lingo: Problem Statement: Suppose there are 3 ...
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### Algorithm to cut a sphere in half with a plane and maximize the number of points on the sphere surface on one side of the plane

Consider a sphere with a coordinate system like the earth. There are $N$ points on its surface at random positions. For all the infinite planes that cuts the sphere exactly in half (i.e. the sphere's ...
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### Minimum clique cover

How can the problem of finding the minimal clique cover be solved using linear/integer programming in a reasonable amount of time? Having an undirected graph, I am trying to partition all its ...
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### 2-approximation edge-cover algorithm using primal-dual method

The problem Given an undirected graph $G=\left(V, E\right)$ and positive edge weights $w_e$, design a 2-approximation algorithm based on the primal-dual principle. So far I managed to represent the ...
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### Computing the line equations of two crossing tangents in a point set separated by a vertical line?

I have provided a picture as an example. We have two point sets, P and Q. P is to the left of this vertical line (named x = x0), and Q is to the right of it. The goal is to compute the line equations ...
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### Why is my Forrest-Tomlin update worse than recomputing LU?

I wrote a simple C++ implementation of the revised simplex method that recomputes the LU decomposition of the basis from scratch on each iteration. I have to solve problems with many variables but few ...
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### Heuristic for making set of indexes in an array/matrix with generating functions/patterns

I am trying to find a lead on how to solve or find a heuristic the following kind of problem: Given an array/matrix with entries of only 1s and 0s, using a set of looping functions/patterns of a ...
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### What is the most efficient algorithm for finding the bounding inequalities of a cone given the extremal rays?

Say that I am given a cone, as specified by the extremal rays whose facets form its convex hull, what is the most efficient algorithm that finds the linear-rank inequalities whose intersection defines ...
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### Start simplex method from feasible internal point

I have one algorithm that generates a feasible solution to a linear programming problem. However, it is very likely that this is not a corner point. This makes it not suitable for direct use as an ...
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### Strong polynomial time algorithm for deciding LP feasibility

Let $$A \cdot X + B \preceq 0$$ be a system of linear inequalities with $X \in \mathbb{R}^n$ $A\in \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ and $B \in \mathbb{R}^m$ where $m \geq n$. According to Farkas lemma, exactly ...
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### Randomized Assignment Problem

Given $x_1,...,x_n,y_1,...,y_n\in \mathbb{R}^d$ find a permutation matrix $P\in\mathbb{S}_d$ that minimizes $\sum_{ij}P_{ij}|x_i-y_j|$. This is an assignment problem and can be solved in $O(n^3+n^2d)$ ...
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### General Steiner Tree Variants

In the general Steiner tree problem (Steiner tree in graphs), we are given an edge-weighted graph G = (V, E, w) and a subset S ⊆ V of required vertices. A Steiner tree is a tree in G that spans all ...
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### Assign $m$ tasks to $n$ workers, with $m \geq n$

There are $n$ students that share the same apartment. At each evening, one of them must prepare dinner for everyone. There are $m$ evenings to schedule, with $m \geq n$, and you have to assign any ...
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### Facility location on a Sphere with great circle distance

I am looking for an algorithm to find the point that minimizes the sum of the great circle distances to a set of fixed points on a sphere. In more detail: Given $x_1,\ldots, x_k$ fixed points in the ...
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### Practical implications of strongly polynomial time algorithm for linear programming

Why do people care about whether a strongly polynomial time algorithm for linear programming exists or not? Does this have any practical improvement?
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### Issues with an optimization problem

I have an expression $$Ax+By+Cz.$$ where $A$, $B$ and $C$ are positive constants $\ge1$. The variables $x$, $y$ and $z$ are non-negative integers. I am also given a number $T$. I want to find the ...
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### Job assignment problem

I want to solve job assignment problem using Hungarian algorithm of Kuhn and Munkres in case when matrix is not square. Namely we have more jobs than workers. In this case adding additional row is ...
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### Maximum feasible subsystem problem (MaxFS) in 2 variables

Topic: The maximum feasible subsystem problem, which is generally NP-hard . Question: Are there special algorithms in case of only 2 variables (2D linear constraints)? The problem seems to be a ...
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### IP Programming - objective function ist not a function BUT a table

Here is a short description of my problem: Part of my objective function is not a regular function. Instead it's a table. You can see a short extract here: So if the height is smaller or equal to 300 ...
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### Seeking guidance on what to read for Feasibility Binary IP with ''almost total unimodular'' (-1, 0, 1)-Coefficient Matrix and No Obj Function

I am working on an algorithm in graph theory which I wish to prove it's polynomiality/NP-hardness. I am investigating a binary variable (0, 1) integer program which has the coefficient matrix ...
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### Why maximum-matching algorithm falls into the category of fill-reducing algorithms?

My understanding is that "maximum matching" (or "maximum transversal") are algorithms to pre-order matrix to increase the numerical stability. In Timothy Davis' book Direct Methods for Sparse Linear ...
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### Can this graph-ordering problem be solved with LP?

I have a modelling problem that I am trying to solve with LP. (More specifically, in Python using PuLP or Pyomo). I am not terribly knowledgeable in this area and have been struggling to find the ...
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### About Steiner tree problem in graphs

In the paper (p. 3) and the slides presents the formulation of the Steiner problem on graphs via so called Steiner cuts. But according to the definition, the number of Steiner cuts and so the ...
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### Minimal subset of rows that generate smaller polyhedron

Given a matrix $[A|B]$ I want to find a minimal matrix $[A'|B'] \subseteq [A|B]$ (i.e. the rows in $[A'|B']$ are also in $[A|B]$) such that $A'x < B' \Rightarrow Ax < B$. Geometrically, I want ...
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### Solving a linear program with simplex algorithm, matrix not full rank

I need to solve the following LP $$\begin{array}{ll} \text{minimize} & c^T x\\ \text{subject to} & A x = b\end{array}$$ where A = \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 3 &1&0&0 \\ -2&...