Questions tagged [big-m]

For questions related to the use of a "big M" (large constant) in a mathematical modeling context, either in the objective function (to initialize the simplex method) or in constraints (to formulate logical constraints, to linearize constraints, and so on).

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When to use indicator constraints versus big-M approaches in solving (mixed-)integer programs

Various optimization modeling languages and solvers allow for both indicator constraints (see for example here, here and here) and traditional binary variable and big-M approaches can be used to model ...
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Why is it important to choose big-M carefully and what are the consequences of doing it badly?

The question here discusses the two different use of "big-M method", where one of them is the big-M in logical constraints and linearization in (mixed-)integer programming problems (that's what I'm ...
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Single reference for Mixed Integer Programming formulations to linearize, handle logical constraints and disjunctive constraints, do Big M, etc?

Is there a single crisp and accessible reference which covers how to generate Mixed Integer Programming formulations to linearize products, handle logical constraints and disjunctive constraints, do ...
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The effect of choosing big M properly

I have a set of linearized constraints that are modelled using big-Ms. Now, it is, of course, common knowledge to make the value of M and small as possible in order to provide tighter LP relaxations ...
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What is the “big-M” method? And are there two of them?

I’ve seen the "big-$M$ method" referred to in different ways. What is the "big-$M$ method" and why does it seem to mean two different things?
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Linear programming: objective function with “buckets”

I had a linear programming problem with the following objective function $$f(x) = \sum_{j}x_jq_jp_j - \sum_{i}\left(\sum_{j}x_jq_jC_{ij} \right) c_i$$ Where $q, p, C, c$ are known. This problem was ...
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How to model If $A \le B$ then $Y = 1$, otherwise $Y = 0$

Somehow I don't get it right. I would like to model the following conditional: If $A\le B$ then $Y=1$ otherwise $Y=0$ where $A, B$ are reals and $Y$ is binary. I can model as follows: $Y \cdot A \le B$...