# Questions tagged [linear-programming]

For questions related to problems that optimize (i.e., minimize or maximize) a linear objective subject to linear constraints.

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### In an integer program, how I can force a binary variable to equal 1 if some condition holds?

Suppose we have a binary or continuous variable $x$, a binary variable $y$, and a constant $b$, and we want to enforce a relationship like If $x \gtreqless b$, then $y = 1$. How can we write this ...
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### How to linearize the product of two binary variables?

Suppose we have two binary variables $x$ and $y$. How can we linearize the product $xy$?
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### How to linearize the product of a binary and a non-negative continuous variable?

Suppose we have a binary variable $x$ and a non-negative continuous variable $y$. How can we linearize the product $x y$?
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### What are good reference books for introduction to operations research?

The reference books should cover the wide range of problem-solving techniques and methods.
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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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### Linear Programming with additional "if-then"/"Default to zero" constraints?

What approaches can I use for a Linear Programming problem with the additional constraint that if a decision variable falls below a certain threshold, then it should just be forced to 0. I'm ...
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### How to linearize the product of two continuous variables?

Suppose we have two variables $x, y \in \mathbb R$. How can we linearize the product $xy$? If this cannot be done exactly, is there a way to get an approximate result?
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### Optimization Problem Libraries

Can someone please make a list of optimization problem libraries so that the community can add to and refine it? I know a few off the top of my head.
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### Linearize or approximate a square root constraint

I encounter a nonlinear constraint that contains the square root of a sum of integer variables. Of course one could use nonlinear solvers and techniques; but I like linear programming. Are there any ...
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### How does a warm start work in LP/MIP?

Can someone explain how warm starts/ MIP starts work? How do solvers like CPLEX/GUROBI use warm start with the Simplex algorithm? I am interested in understanding how the entire warm start pipeline ...
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### State-of-the-art algorithms for solving linear programs

PrÅÆÅ”a and Werner (2019) show that the general linear programming problem reduces in nearly linear time to the LP relaxations of many classical NP-hard problems (assuming sparse encoding of instances)....
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### Where can I find open source LP solvers?

I'm familiar with COIN-OR and have also used a couple packages in R to solve LPs. Today I found out Google has their own open source optimization software, and it got me wondering what other open ...
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### Feeding known lower bounds to solvers

Given an optimization problem that aims at minimizing some objective function, a lower bound that is valid for all feasible solutions, and your solver of choice: For what theoretical and/or practical ...
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### Working with absolute values in constraint in a LP or MILP

Having all the approaches explained in the blog called "OR in an OB World" (this address) in my mind, I would like to ask the following question: What is the best practice to make a constraint linear ...
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### How to linearize a constraint with a maximum or minimum in the right-hand-side?

Suppose we have three variables, $x, y, z \in \mathbb R$. How can we linearize constraints with the following structure? $$z \geq \min(x, y)$$ $$z \leq \max(x, y)$$
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### How to find all vertices of a polyhedron

I have a convex polyhedron given by a set of linear inequalities, for example: $$x_1 \geq 0,~~ x_2 \geq 0, ~~x_3\geq 0 \\ x_1+x_2\leq 1,~~ x_2+x_3\leq 1,~~ x_3+x_1\leq 1$$ I want to list all the ...
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### Linear and Integer programming materials

I was wondering if you could refer me to some online video/text resources to learn linear and integer programming. I am intending to work in the field of data science. I greatly appreciate your kind ...
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### How to visit a subset of network nodes in a single trip?

I have a connected network where I want to visit a set of destinations which may require visiting intermediate nodes as well because there may be no direct edge between source and destination nodes. I ...
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### How to modify master problem and individual sub problems in column generation?

This is a follow-up post regarding this one. I deleted this new post once before, as I was unhappy with the formulation. I have the following basic nurse scheduling MILP, which tries to cover the ...
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### How can I remember the rules for taking the dual of a linear program (LP)?

When taking the dual of a linear program (LP), is there a trick/easy way to remember the rules for the directions of the inequalities, signs of the variables, etc.? A trick with a catchy name, perhaps?...
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### Find feasible point in polynomial time in linear programming

Background A while ago my team was implementing an interior point LP solver and we came across the following conundrum: Is there a polynomial-time algorithm to find a feasible starting point in ...
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### How to minimize an absolute value in the objective of an LP?

I want to solve the following optimization problem $$\begin{array}{ll} \text{minimize} & | c^\top x |\\ \text{subject to} & A x \leq b\end{array}$$ Without the absolute value, this a ...
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### How to evaluate the performance of open source solver?

I am looking for a reliable open source solver to solve LP and MILP (with a few thousand variables). How can I evaluate the performance of a given solver for a particular use case?
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### Application of complex numbers in Linear Programming?

The theory surrounding Linear Programming is based on variables, bounds and coefficients that take on values in $\mathbb R$, the set of real numbers. I have long wondered whether there might be ...
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### Black-box optimization with linear programming?

In my research, I do a black-box optimization based on a simulation model with nonlinear properties. The simulation model gets an operation plan for a time period and then returns a time series, which ...
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### Is there a heuristic approach to the MILP problem?

I have the following optimization problem which is a MILP. I can solve it with a MILP solver. \begin{align}\min_t&\quad t\\\text{s.t.}&\quad d_{c}-t\le \sum_{n=1}^{N} B_{n,c}x_{n}\le d_{c}+t,...
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### How to linearize the multiplication of an integer and a binary integer variable?

I have the following constraints \begin{align}\sum_{i=1}^{N}{x_it_i}&= M\\\sum_{i=1}^{N}{t_i}&\le S\end{align} where $x_i\ge 0$ is an integer variable, $t_i\in\{0,1\}$ is a binary variable ...
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### Why is the Ellipsoid Method of polynomial complexity?

We know that the ellipsoid method is proven to be of polynomial complexity. However, as far as I can tell we may need to add exponentially many feasibility cuts in order to solve the LP (or prove no ...
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### Linear optimization problem with user-defined cost function

I have a linear optimization problem for which I am looking for a suitable optimization solution that can fulfill my requirements. Here is an explanation of the optimization problem: There are a ...
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### Complexity of LP and MILP Problems?

My original problem is an MILP. I make it an LP by relaxing the integer variables. Can someone please comment on the complexity, solvability and optimality of MILP and LP problems, in general? Is ...
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### Google - OR tools for workforce scheduling problems

Has anyone used the google OR tools in python to solve the workforce scheduling problem. Can you please let me know Advantages and Disadvantages Any issues faced during usage and implementation
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### LP dependent on the ordering of the data

This is a rather simple question. Can a solution to a linear programming problem be dependent on the order in which the data is read/presented/stored? I know, that the time it takes to solve the ...
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