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Potential Function Methods for Approximately Solving Linear Programming Problems: Theory and Practice
, 2001
"... After several decades of sustained research and testing, linear programming has evolved into a remarkably reliable, accurate and useful tool for handling industrial optimization problems. Yet, large problems arising from several concrete applications routinely defeat the very best linear programming ..."
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After several decades of sustained research and testing, linear programming has evolved into a remarkably reliable, accurate and useful tool for handling industrial optimization problems. Yet, large problems arising from several concrete applications routinely defeat the very best linear programming codes, running on the fastest computing hardware. Moreover, this is a trend that may well continue and intensify, as problem sizes escalate and the need for fast algorithms becomes more stringent. Traditionally, the focus in optimization algorithms, and in particular, in algorithms for linear programming, has been to solve problems "to optimality." In concrete implementations, this has always meant the solution ofproblems to some finite accuracy (for example, eight digits). An alternative approach would be to explicitly, and rigorously, trade o# accuracy for speed. One motivating factor is that in many practical applications, quickly obtaining a partially accurate solution is much preferable to obtaining a very accurate solution very slowly. A secondary (and independent) consideration is that the input data in many practical applications has limited accuracy to begin with. During the last ten years, a new body ofresearch has emerged, which seeks to develop provably good approximation algorithms for classes of linear programming problems. This work both has roots in fundamental areas of mathematical programming and is also framed in the context ofthe modern theory ofalgorithms. The result ofthis work has been a family ofalgorithms with solid theoretical foundations and with growing experimental success. In this manuscript we will study these algorithms, starting with some ofthe very earliest examples, and through the latest theoretical and computational developments.
The primaldual method for approximation algorithms and its application to network design problems.
, 1997
"... Abstract In this survey, we give an overview of a technique used to design and analyze algorithms that provide approximate solutions to N P hard problems in combinatorial optimization. Because of parallels with the primaldual method commonly used in combinatorial optimization, we call it the prim ..."
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Abstract In this survey, we give an overview of a technique used to design and analyze algorithms that provide approximate solutions to N P hard problems in combinatorial optimization. Because of parallels with the primaldual method commonly used in combinatorial optimization, we call it the primaldual method for approximation algorithms. We show how this technique can be used to derive approximation algorithms for a number of different problems, including network design problems, feedback vertex set problems, and facility location problems.
Convex Nondifferentiable Optimization: A Survey Focussed On The Analytic Center Cutting Plane Method.
, 1999
"... We present a survey of nondifferentiable optimization problems and methods with special focus on the analytic center cutting plane method. We propose a selfcontained convergence analysis, that uses the formalism of the theory of selfconcordant functions, but for the main results, we give direct pr ..."
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We present a survey of nondifferentiable optimization problems and methods with special focus on the analytic center cutting plane method. We propose a selfcontained convergence analysis, that uses the formalism of the theory of selfconcordant functions, but for the main results, we give direct proofs based on the properties of the logarithmic function. We also provide an in depth analysis of two extensions that are very relevant to practical problems: the case of multiple cuts and the case of deep cuts. We further examine extensions to problems including feasible sets partially described by an explicit barrier function, and to the case of nonlinear cuts. Finally, we review several implementation issues and discuss some applications.
Parallel InteriorPoint Solver for Structured Quadratic Programs: Application to Financial Planning Problems
, 2003
"... Many practical largescale optimization problems are not only sparse, but also display some form of blockstructure such as primal or dual block angular structure. Often these structures are nested: each block of the coarse top level structure is blockstructured itself. Problems with these charact ..."
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Many practical largescale optimization problems are not only sparse, but also display some form of blockstructure such as primal or dual block angular structure. Often these structures are nested: each block of the coarse top level structure is blockstructured itself. Problems with these characteristics appear frequently in stochastic programming but also in other areas such as telecommunication network modelling. We present a linear algebra library tailored for problems with such structure that is used inside an interior point solver for convex quadratic programming problems. Due to its objectoriented design it can be used to exploit virtually any nested block structure arising in practical problems, eliminating the need for highly specialised linear algebra modules needing to be written for every type of problem separately. Through a careful implementation we achieve almost automatic parallelisation of the linear algebra. The efficiency of the approach is illustrated on several problems arising in the financial planning, namely in the asset and liability management. The problems are modelled as
Constraint Programming Based Column Generation with Knapsack Subproblems
 Journal of Heuristics
, 1999
"... . We present how to apply Constraint Based Column Generation to a large class of subproblems, namely Constrained Knapsack Problems (CKP). They evolve e.g. from Cutting Stock Problems (see [7]) with additional constraints on the cutting patterns. Focussing on Constrained Knapsack Problems, we deve ..."
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. We present how to apply Constraint Based Column Generation to a large class of subproblems, namely Constrained Knapsack Problems (CKP). They evolve e.g. from Cutting Stock Problems (see [7]) with additional constraints on the cutting patterns. Focussing on Constrained Knapsack Problems, we developed a new reduction algorithm for KP. It is being used as propagation routine for the CKP with O(n log n) preprocessing time and O(n) time per call. This sums up to an amortized time of O(n) for (log n) calls. Keywords: Constrained Based Column Generation, Constrained Knapsack Problems, Cutting Stock Problems, Reduction Algorithms. 1 Introduction Recently, a new framework for the integration of CP and OR within column generation approaches was developed, the so called Constraint Based Column Generation [11]. It describes a generic way of how to treat arbitrary constraints for the constrained subproblem in the column generation phase. The approach has been successfully used for the C...
Simplicial Decomposition with Disaggregated Representation for the Traffic Assignment Problem
 Transportation Science
, 1991
"... The class of simplicial decomposition (SD) schemes have shown to provide efficient tools for nonlinear network flows. When applied to the traffic assignment problem, shortest route subproblems are solved in order to generate extreme points of the polyhedron of feasible flows, and, alternately, maste ..."
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The class of simplicial decomposition (SD) schemes have shown to provide efficient tools for nonlinear network flows. When applied to the traffic assignment problem, shortest route subproblems are solved in order to generate extreme points of the polyhedron of feasible flows, and, alternately, master problems are solved over the convex hull of the generated extreme points. We review the development of simplicial decomposition and the closely related column generation methods for the traffic assignment problem; we then present a modified, disaggregated, representation of feasible solutions in SD algorithms for convex problems over Cartesian product sets, with application to the symmetric traffic assignment problem. The new algorithm, which is referred to as disaggregate simplicial decomposition (DSD), is given along with a specialized solution method for the disaggregate master problem. Numerical results for several well known test problems and a new one are presented. These experimenta...
Complexity Analysis of an Interior Cutting Plane Method for Convex Feasibility Problems
"... We further analyze the convergence and the complexity of a dual column generation algorithm for solving general convex feasibility problems defined by a separation oracle. The oracle is called at an approximate analytic center of the set given by the intersection of the linear inequalities which a ..."
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We further analyze the convergence and the complexity of a dual column generation algorithm for solving general convex feasibility problems defined by a separation oracle. The oracle is called at an approximate analytic center of the set given by the intersection of the linear inequalities which are the previous answers of the oracle. We show that the algorithm converges in finite time and is in fact a fully polynomial approximation algorithm, provided that the feasible region has an nonempty interior.
A Cutting Plane Method from Analytic Centers for Stochastic Programming
 Mathematical Programming
, 1994
"... The stochastic linear programming problem with recourse has a dual block angular structure. It can thus be handled by Benders decomposition or by Kelley's method of cutting planes; equivalently the dual problem has a primal block angular structure and can be handled by DantzigWolfe decompositi ..."
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The stochastic linear programming problem with recourse has a dual block angular structure. It can thus be handled by Benders decomposition or by Kelley's method of cutting planes; equivalently the dual problem has a primal block angular structure and can be handled by DantzigWolfe decomposition the two approaches are in fact identical by duality. Here we shall investigate the use of the method of cutting planes from analytic centers applied to similar formulations. The only significant difference form the aforementioned methods is that new cutting planes (or columns, by duality) will be generated not from the optimum of the linear programming relaxation, but from the analytic center of the set of localization. 1 Introduction The study of optimization problems in the presence of uncertainty still taxes the limits of methodology and software. One of the most approachable settings is that of twostaged planning under uncertainty, in which a first stage decision has to be taken bef...
Solving Nonlinear Multicommodity Flow Problems By The Analytic Center Cutting Plane Method
, 1995
"... The paper deals with nonlinear multicommodity flow problems with convex costs. A decomposition method is proposed to solve them. The approach applies a potential reduction algorithm to solve the master problem approximately and a column generation technique to define a sequence of primal linear prog ..."
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The paper deals with nonlinear multicommodity flow problems with convex costs. A decomposition method is proposed to solve them. The approach applies a potential reduction algorithm to solve the master problem approximately and a column generation technique to define a sequence of primal linear programming problems. Each subproblem consists of finding a minimum cost flow between an origin and a destination node in an uncapacited network. It is thus formulated as a shortest path problem and solved with the Dijkstra's dheap algorithm. An implementation is described that that takes full advantage of the supersparsity of the network in the linear algebra operations. Computational results show the efficiency of this approach on wellknown nondifferentiable problems and also large scale randomly generated problems (up to 1000 arcs and 5000 commodities). This research has been supported by the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique Suisse, grant #12 \Gamma 34002:92, NSERCCanada and ...