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Nonlinear integer (0/1) programming solver

I have the following optimisation problem.\begin{align}\max&\quad\sum_i\sum_j\sum_k x_{ji}y_{kj} \operatorname{cost}(i,k)\\\text{s.t.}&\quad\sum_j x_{ji}=1\quad\forall i\\&\quad\sum_k y_{...
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Linearizing separable functions: SOS2 sets or binary variables

When linearizing a separable nonlinear function is there an advantage/disadvantage in using SOS2 sets in comparison to using binary variables?
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Minimize binary variable's distance with respect to the index values

For a given binary decision variable $x[i,j,k]$ my goal is to get as dense results in terms of k for successive values of j. Distance of k value to be kept as close as possible throughout j values: $d ...
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knapsack problem with non-linear constraint

I have a basic knapsack problem where I need to fit the most weight possible in a bin: ...
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How to linearize a quadratic constraint to add it then via a callback function

Suppose we have a positive continuous variables $0 \le x \le UB$ where $UB$ is a known upper bound. How can we linearize the term $x^2$? Detailled problem: Suppose that via a callback we compute a ...
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Linearizing a constraint with square root of a variable

I am trying to linearize the constraint set (2) in the following simplified program. The parameters: $A,C,D,T\in\mathbb{R}^+$. The set $\mathcal{J}$ is polynomially-sized. \begin{alignat}2\min &\...
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linearisation of if-then constraint [duplicate]

Is it possible to translate this if-then constraint in linear manner to be solved with a linear programming solver? If not, how can it be translated into a integer programming manner to be solved by ...
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Linearizing power term in objective function

I would like to linearize $x^2$ term in my objective function. I understand this can be solved using quadratic programming solver; however, for my use case linearization is necessary to convert it to ...
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Linearize sum of product in objective function

Notation: I have an optimisation problem with objective function: \begin{align}\max&\quad\sum_n Q_n\\\text{s.t.}&\quad Q_n=x_{ij}^{nk}(y_i^{nk}-c_n), \forall n \in N, k \in K, (i,j) \in P.\end{...
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Linearization of the shifted copy of a function

Suppose in a model I have the expression $y_{1}(x) = 10 + 5 x^2$ where $x \in [0,20]$ is a continuous variable. In order to be able to use an MILP solver, I piecewise linearise $z_{1} = x^2$, by ...
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Convert summation of min functions into linear constraints for optimization

I have the following optimization problem: $$ \mbox{maximize } j^{*} \mbox{ subject to:} \sum_{j^{*}\leq j\leq J} \min({\bf A}_j,{\bf B}_j) \geq \lambda, \lambda \in \mathbb{R} \mbox{ and } {\bf A}_j,{...
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Linearize max function in a constraint [duplicate]

I have a constraint as follows: $ \sum_i {r_i} \geq \max \{g_j, B_j\} $ where, $r_i$, $g_j$ are variables and $B_j$ is a parameter. How do I linearize the constraint (I suppose using big-M method)?...
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Linearisation using SOS2

I am trying to linearise the following expresssion. $C(k) = B(k) e^{-d(k)}, B(k) \ge 0 , d(k) \ge 0 $ I am trying to do this by using SOS2 sets. I set $X(k) = e^{-d(k)}$ and I get $C(k) = B(k) X(...
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How to fomulate the following conditional constraint in MILP?

How can I formulate the following conditional constraint to a linear constraint using indicator variables? Please note that all variables are continuous and $c \ge 0$ $\text{1: if} \ c=0 \ \& \ ...
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Linearize a product of an integer variable (not just binary) and a continuous variable?

I have a constraint in my formulation that contains multiplication of an integer variable $y$ and a continuous variable $x$, which is $xy=q$ where $y$ is the number of units in which $q$ gets equally ...
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Problem with binary decision variable constraints in VRP

I would like to create non-linear violation costs in my VRP. I already created my whole VRP with time windows in which I have these decision variable: ...
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Inequality Constraint Linearization of a product of an integer and a binary variable

I have thought I had found the answer here: How to linearize the multiplication of an integer and a binary integer variable? But the answers to that questions didn't help me find a solution for my ...
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How to linearize a weighted maximum coverage problem?

Is it possible that the binary variables below be modeled as continuous variables? \begin{alignat}2\max&\quad\sum _{{e\in E}}w(e_{j})\cdot y_{j}\\\text{s.t.}&\quad\sum {x_{i}}\leq k,\quad&...
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Minimizing $x_1/x_2$ over a simplex in the positive orthant

I need to solve the following problem \begin{align}\min&\quad x_1/x_2\\\text{s.t.}&\quad Ax \leq b\\&\quad x > 0\end{align} where $A$ is a positive matrix. The best thing I can think ...
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Mocking up conditional statements in LP

I would like to know how if condition statements in linear programming can be reformulated using indicator constraints, and hence solved as a mixed integer linear program. Specifically: 1. Is it ...
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Linearizing objective function with variables inside an indicator function

I am working on a problem in which I am trying to maximize the average of a variable only for the data that meet a certain condition with a constraint on the number of data that meet this condition. I ...
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Transforming a Quadratic constraint to SOCP

I have a problem similar to Markowitz portfolio optimization that I would like to transform into second-order cone programming. I have a linear objective function with a quadratic constraint (assuming ...
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if-else condition for the objective variable using big M notation

Let $0\leq \beta\leq 1$ be an objective variable. The size of $\beta$ is $N\!\times\!N$. Now, how can I impose the following? if $\beta_{i,j}>0$ then $\beta_{j,i}=0$ Big M notation can be ...
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How can I deal with a possibly undefined constraint?

I have a minimization problem minimizing $d_k \geq 0$ and some other variables with all strictly positive coefficients. I leave my objective function below to better convey my goal. $$\min_{\mathbf{d}...
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Linearizing the square root of binary summations

My question is similar to this one and almost identical with this. I am so confused due to indexing and could not make sure if I could apply the solution in here to this indexed version as shown below....
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Linearizing the square root of two binary summations

My question is similar to this one though a bit more complicated. Though my question also includes indices, I am removing them to ease readability. Let binary variables $x,y\in\{0,1\}$, non-negative ...
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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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defining Mixed integer linear inequalities for a set of variables

The problem is described as follows: considering $n$ variables which are continuous and bounded such that $$L_i \le x_i \le U_i\quad \forall i=1,2,\dots,n.$$ How can i define a set of mixed integer ...
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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: $Y \cdot A \le B$...
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Trade off between number of constraints and bounds of a variable

I am not familiar with the inner working of the solvers. I mostly use the python pulp or IBM CPLEX solver. For fast execution ...
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Linearizing constraint with continuous and boolean variables

I have two continuous variables $A$, $B$ and two binary variables $x$, $y$. Condition: if $A = B \wedge x = 1 \wedge y=1$ then $z = 1$ else $z = 0$ from In an integer program, how I can force a ...
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How to formulate case distinctions in AMPLs objective function?

This is my first real optimisation problem I formulated and now trying to solve by using AMPL. The following objective function is from a linear 0-1 LP means all variables $x_i^b\in\{0,1\}$, with $i\...
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Extract binary value from continuous variable [duplicate]

I have a continuous variable $c$ which has value in between $[-R, +R]$. I want to create a boolean variable $x$ and, $x = 1$ when $c = 1.0$ otherwise $x = 0$ In more general form: $x = 1$ when $c \...
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Converting Nonlinear Program into an LP

I have a problem with a nonlinear objective function which is \begin{align}\min&\quad Z_j\cdot(N_j)^{0.5}\end{align} where $j$ is the index. I want to know how can I turn it into a linear ...
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How to propagate time using linear inequalities?

I have an adjacency matrix $G_{i,j}$ that tells the distance between $i$ to $j$ (between 0 to 1) if there is no edge between $i$ to $j$ I am putting a large integer $100$. This is my previous ...
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Linearizing objective function with absolute differences

I want to turn this objective function $$\max \sum_{i=1}^{N-1} \sum_{j=i+1}^N |TX_i^T - TX_j^T|$$ where $T$ is just a vector with increasing integers (e.g $[1 \ 2]$) and $X_i$ is a vector ...
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k-means/k-medoids Clustering Implementation in CPLEX Java

I am trying to model a grouping algorithm as k-means clustering problem, by referring to the general definition as mentioned in Wikipedia. In my system, I have $N$ nodes that I want to group in $m$ ...
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How can I transform this MILP into an LP problem?

I have a MILP problem with one of the constraints is given below. Sometimes, even for a small-sized problem, the solver takes a very long time to find a solution. What could be an efficient ...
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Linearization of the product of two real valued variables - Binary expansion approach

I want to minimize the following objective function: \begin{align}\min &\quad x\cdot y\\\text{s.t.}&\quad2 \le x \le 5\\&\quad5 \le y \le 10.\end{align} Since the objective function is ...
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Linearization $\max(c_1 x_2, c_2 x_2, \ldots, c_nx_n) \geq q$ constraint

I have a MIP minimization problem where I have a maximization in the constraints: $$\max(c_1x_2,\, c_2x_2,\, \ldots,\, c_nx_n) \geq q$$ Where: $c_n$ constants $x_n$ binary variables $q$ constant $...
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Integer programming problem with simple quadratic objective function in Python

I have $n$ objects that need to be divided among $k$ groups. Each group must receive at least $5$ objects. In addition, the percentage of objects in group $i$ should be as close as possible to $p_i$ ...
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How to formulate: each pair of elements in $A$ has one common unit in $B$

We have two sets, $A$ and $B$. Some elements of $A$ must be connected to some elements of $B$, but no element of a given set is connected to another element of the same set. (Think of a bipartite ...
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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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Why does a Max constraint work, but this non-negativity constraint does not?

Suppose I have the following constraint: \begin{align}x_{t} &= x_{t-1} + y_{t-1} - z_{t-1}\\x_{t} &\ge 0\end{align} From my limited experience in coding my own problem, I have found that my ...
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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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What are the benefits of linearization?

So I am new to OR (not my field, but I have found myself working in it for a thesis project). My problem is a non-linear problem by design and unfortunately I cannot linearize everything, however, ...
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Linearization of a scheduling objective function

I am trying to maximize the workload per employee. An example: $e$ the index of an employee $j$ the index of a project decision variable: $x_{e,j} \in \mathbb{Z}$ and $0 \leq x_{e,j} \leq 100$ ...
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Network flow model - How can I turn this diagram into a matrix that when converted to RREF solves for max flow?

I have the following network flow model diagram and I have already calculated maximum flow using the R package igraph to be 28. However, what I would like to know ...
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How To Linearize $X = \max\{x_1,x_2\}$

I am new to thinking about math programming and I have a particular constraint I am hoping to reformulate, I just don't know the proper mathematical translation for what I am hoping to do. Enforcing ...
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How to linearize a constraint with max

I would like to linearize a constraint with max. I have the following constraint: $$\max_{pcj}X_{pwcj}\leqslant L_{wk}.$$ With this constraint, I would like to ensure that for $\forall w \in W$, no ...