# Questions tagged [optimization]

For questions involving mathematical problems that aim to minimize or maximize some objective function, possibly subject to one or more constraints.

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### Recommended books/materials for practical applications of Operations Research in industry

I have a Masters' degree in Mathematics. I've very fair understanding of methods and techniques of Operations Research. I am looking for a good book/material where I can see a lot of examples on Math ...
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### What are some real-world applications of QUBO?

QUBO (Quadratic Unconstrained Binary Optimization) is the minimization of a quadratic function of binary variables. It has been used for computer vision, Ramsey numbers, factoring numbers, the ...
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### Are there any real-world problems where quadratization helps to solve something that couldn't have been solved without quadratization?

The closest thing I know is the computer vision problem, in which an image is de-blurred and/or de-noised by quadratizing a quartic problem into a quadratic optimization problem (QUBO) and then the ...
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### Infeasibility in mathematical optimization models

Sometimes, when solving mathematical optimization models (especially MIPs), they may be infeasible. Is there any comprehensive method to deal with the infeasibility conditions? (especially in complex ...
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### Expressing a chain of boolean ORs using ILP

How to express a chain of OR operations in an ILP in which each expression is a less than or equal constraint and the left hand side variable in all inequalities is always the same? All the variables ...
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### How to linearize min function as a constraint?

I'm trying to solve an optimization problem including following constraint, and I need to linearize it in a maximization nonlinear programming model. Please help me to reformulate it with mixed ...
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### Mixed-integer optimization with bilinear constraint

So I have an optimization problem of the following form: \begin{aligned} \max_{x,y} \quad & \sum_i x_i \\ \text{s.t.} \quad & \sum_i x_iy_i \leq a \\ \quad & x_{\min} \leq x \leq x_{\max} ...
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### Why is the programming code of many algorithms not public in the OR community?

In recent years, a huge number of scholars in AI and ML community are using Python to develop their algorithms and then publishing their papers and codes in GitHub. This provides an opportunity for ...
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### What are Operations Research applications for 'good causes'?

I am looking for applications of OR for good causes, possibly with some literature. I intend a good cause loosely defined in the sense that the scope is that of improving the well-being of others, e.g....
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### Expressing a chain of boolean ORs using ILP involving different variables

How can I express a chain of OR operations in an ILP, given that each operand is an inequality between two binary variables? I have asked a similar question here: Chain of Boolean ORs. In that ...
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### How to use warm start to solve MIPs efficiently?

I'm working on the scheduling model which takes a long time to solve to optimality (even for a small instance), therefore I would like to use a warm start (MIP start) to solve the problem. I'm using ...
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### How could we simplify solving the large scale MIPs without using any advanced methods like decompositions?

Many practical optimization models (specially MIPs) are NP-Hard and solving them need much time even with the modern solvers like CPLEX or GUROBI. One of the best way (but not easy) is using ...
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### Algorithms vs LP or MIP

Is there a way of writing an algorithm with if-, while-statements to find an optimal solution without using linear-programming (LP)/MIP? If so, what would the benefits be against the LP/MIP? Is it ...
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### How to remove or replace sub tour elimination constraints in the VRP variant models?

In many of vehicle routing problems variant (VRP), which can be formulated using MIPs, to avoid creating sub tour, we need to use sub tour elimination constraints (SEC). One of the known SEC is (I ...
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### Recommendations for OM blogs

Could someone suggest good blogs to follow for researchers in Operations Management/ Supply Chain Management /Operations Research?
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### What is the connection of Operations Research and Reinforcement Learning?

I know that Markov Chains and Markov Decision Processes have been studied in the OR community too. But, I was wondering what is the relationship of Operations Research (OR) and Reinforcement Learning (...
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### How to avoid having your optimization models rusting?

When designing optimization models for external organizations, I have witnessed the following: We design an optimization model for a given problem. We fine-tune it based on a portfolio of ...
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### Validation and verification of mathematical models

Within the subject of simulation I have found some literature on validation and verification (e.g. Sargent's paper). My question is, what techniques do you use to validate and verify your mathematical ...
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### Variable bounds in column generation

Consider the set covering problem \begin{align} \min&\ \sum_{j=1}^nc_jx_j\\ s.t.:&\ \sum_{j=1}^na_{ij}x_j\geq 1,\quad \forall i=1,\dots,m\\ &\ 0\leq x_j \leq 1 \end{align} ...
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### Convex Maximization with Linear Constraints

I am doing active research in convex maximization w.r.t. linear constraints. There are many cases which can be efficiently approximately solved, e.g., convex quadratic maximization, log-sum-exp ...
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### Ordered list of OR journals

Is there any compact resource that includes a list of all academic journals in the OR/MS space, ranked by journal importance? Although there are some helpful features offered by publisher websites ...
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### How to handle an IP sub-problem with an objective function in Benders Decomposition

I have a question on Benders Decomposition (BD). Suppose I have an MILP model which can be decomposed into a master problem (MP) including integer and continuous variables and a subproblem (SP) ...
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### Is my approach to my internship project good? Optimal allocation of product across stores, constrained optimization

Context: I am a CS student currently in a non-CS internship (logistics, supply chain). My manager wants to leverage my knowledge of programming to build a program to solve the following problem: As ...
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### Optimization models for portfolio optimization

What are the mainstream models for portfolio optimization? We have Markowitz mean-variance model and CVaR-based models (e.g., max return subject to a CVaR constraint). What else is out there in terms ...
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### Finding minimum time for vehicle to reach to its destination

Given a set of Vehicles with source and destination I need to find the minimum time of travel for all the vehicles, there are also some charging stations and its necessary for vehicles to charge 1 ...
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### How to reformulate a discontinuous piecewise-quadratic functions

I am trying to develop a model, solving an optimization problem which has the following objective function: variable p(i); minimize sum(cost) subject to p>=0 ...
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### TSP with revenue maximization

How to approach a travelling salesman problem with an aim to maximize revenue at each town visited in a certain number of days (total number of towns is greater than what can be visited in the given ...
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### Benchmark problems for scenario-based stochastic optimization

$\newcommand{\E}{\mathbb{E}}$I am working on numerical algorithms for solving convex large-scale multistage scenario-based problems and I am looking for some standard benchmarks problems. I have so ...
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### Was there something specific that caused graph cuts to lose popularity in the last 5 years?

Almost every graph-cut paper I look at seems to have exactly the same pattern of monotonic growth in citations and then monotonic decline starting around 5 years ago: For privacy I've cut the all ...
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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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### If-then constraints in MIP programming

For continuous variables $x$ and $y$, the constraints are: ...
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### Allocating credit card points

I’m interested in the idea behind this in general, so I thought this would be the best place to post, though I have a practical and semi-urgent need of allocating the points on my credit card towards ...
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### Is there a known MILP to schedule routes after routes are made

I am trying to create a mixed integer model that has as an objective to schedule routes for a single vehicle within its timeline. Let me try to elaborate. Let's say we have a single vehicle vrp and ...
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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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### What is the difference between job shop scheduling and resource constrained project scheduling?

I read here https://slideplayer.com/slide/3353960/ that RCPS is a generalized version of job shop scheduling. I'm new to this area and I'm trying to classify a specific variation of these types of ...
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### Assignment problem where assignments must be done sequentially

I have a weird planning problem. I think it falls under the assignment category, but I'm not sure because I'm not familiar with assignment problems, and also because there is a "temporal" angle to it, ...
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I'm totally new to the world of optimization and I have an optimization problem that I think it can be formulated as Mixed Integer Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Program (QCQP) but I'm not sure ...
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### Is there efficient way to deal with division by zero?

I am trying to solve an optimization problem in which there is an objective function in the following form: \begin{equation}f(x, y)=x+\left(\frac{1}{y}\right)\end{equation} Where, $x,y$ are positive ...
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### Pulp Python: How to formulate a time-based variable for shipping demurrage

I am working on a shipping optimisation problem that aims to minimise demurrage charges as a result of low/insufficient inventory. I have daily vessel requirement (sales) data in the format ...
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### Does this $0-1$ integer program have any speciality?

Given matrix $A \in \{0,1\}^{m \times n}$ and vector $b \in (\mathbb{Z^+})^m$, where $\mathbb{Z^+}$ is the set of positive integers, \begin{array}{ll} \text{maximize} & c^\top x\\ \text{subject ...
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### Expressing an implication as ILP where each implication term comprises a chain of boolean ORs

Consider an implication of the form $A \implies B$ where both $A, B$ comprises a chain of Boolean OR variables. For example, $(a_1 \lor a_2 \lor a_3) \implies (b_1 \lor b_2 \lor b_3)$. How can this ...
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### Does it make sense to use strict equality constraints in optimization?

Once I learned from some post that the strict equality constraint in an optimization problem does not make much sense. We should always use $\le$ constraint. How much truth is in this? If I must have ...
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### Current Issues of Interest

What are some current issue of interest in Operations Research? I am interested in current topics that experts in the field are interested in researching.
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### When should I use a solver for IP and MIP and can I just use a library from Python, R, Matlab, etc…?

Are there any rules of thumb for figuring out when you need to use a solver like Gurobi or CPLEX, and when you can just solve you problems directly with a Python, R, or Matlab package? Is it just a ...
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### Can Gurobi or CPLEX handle nonlinearly constrained problems?

Though my title is quite general (please feel free to edit), indeed, I wonder if the following models can be solved in Gurobi or CPLEX. Model 2 is just an alternative one to Model 1. Although we ...
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### Is there a greedy heuristic approach to the MILP problem?

I have the following optimization problem which is an MILP. I can solve it with an MILP solver. \begin{alignat}{1}\max_{x_n,t}\,&\quad t\quad\\\text{s.t.}&\quad\sum_{n=1}^{N} x_n \,&= M\\...
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### Inverse Ising problem

Inverse Ising Problem The inverse ising problem means fitting the coupling $J_{ij}$ and field $h_{i}$ parameters given a sample of configurations of spins. Each spin $s_{i}$ is either +1 or -1. The ...
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### How can I add this conditional constraint to my model in Python?

I am creating an optimization model with 2 sets of binary decision variables. The first, site, is regarding which of 380 cities to place manufacturing sites in, and ...