From what I understand, most solvers use a user provided solution by first detecting if it feasible.

If it is feasible, its objective value is used as a first bound for the branch and cut tree, this bound will be used to prune nodes.

I would like to know if the (commercial) solvers use this heuristic provided solution for other means? For instance, does it use the solution to help choosing a branching strategy? Is it not used at all appart from its objective value if feasible?


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Besides getting the initial primal bound provided by the (feasible) starting solution, one possible use for a warm start is to seed a heuristic that looks for an even better feasible solution.

Given a warm start that is not feasible, some solvers will attempt to improve the starting solution to get a feasible incumbent.

  • $\begingroup$ I suppose the technical names for these two uses are Relaxation induced neighborhood search (RINS) heuristic, and Feasibility Pump, respectively. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 13 at 20:43
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    $\begingroup$ Those are specific examples of the two types of heuristics. I would not be surprised if there are others implemented in some solvers. $\endgroup$
    – prubin
    Commented Feb 13 at 23:14

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