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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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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Heuristic Search Planning Tree Leading to Worse TSP Solutions than Naive Greedy

I'm doing a Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) homework for a coursera optimization course. My first attempt was a regular naive greedy approach, from each point, moving to the closest node (that hadn't ...
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Modeling Linear Program to decide if an inequality is facet

Suppose you have a set of points $v_1,\ldots,v_n$, which are the vertices of the polytope $P=\operatorname{conv}\{v_1,\ldots,v_n\}$ and a linear inequality $a^\top v \leq b$. What would be a linear ...
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Does there exist an aggregation of videos on optimization?

Is there a website or otherwise maintained list of talks regarding mathematical optimization? This would be a big help for the community it seems. I'm most interested in those relating to integer ...
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How to convert non-normal probabilistic constraints to deterministic ones for mathematical modelling?

I am working on a chance-constrained optimisation model that takes into account uncertainty. I am aware of how to convert constraints that are of a probabilistic nature into the equivalent ...
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Analytically finding the maximizer of a trace optimization problem

$A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$ is an arbitrary data matrix. Moreover, $w \in \mathbb{R}^m$ is a data vector which is a probability vector, i.e., $w\succeq 0, \sum_{i=1}^m w_i = 1$. I have a ...
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Best method to optimise the blending of different types of coal to ensure all quality parameters are met at the lowest possible price?

I am looking to optimise the blending of different types of coal for the coke making process of a steel plant. I want to take into account the statistical variation of each coal’s qualities, so for ...
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Dual variables associated with same equation for different time instants

I have three equations that are essentially the same equation defined for three time instants. The equations are basically calculating the state of energy of an energy storage facility. \begin{align} ...
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Confused in how to insert a slack variable in a constraint inequality

According to my understanding, we should put a slack variable to equate an inequality constraint by inserting the slack variable in the side that is less than the other side. For example, if we have $...
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How to linearize difference of absolutes?

How to linearize difference of absolutes? $$|a|\ge k|b|$$ where $a,b$ are variables and $k$ is a constant.
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Instructors optimized schedule task

I'm trying to solve one interesting math task. Let’s imagine we have a number of instructors with different timespans during the day in which they work or they are available. We need to display to ...
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Is this another variant of Job Shop Scheduling Problem?

The problem is as follows: there are $n$ jobs $\mathcal{J}=\{J_1,\ldots, J_n\}$, each of which could be done. There are $k$ machines $M_1,\ldots,M_k$ that work in parallel, independently of each other,...
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How to solve an LPP with summation

Up until this point I have only solved simple LPP problems with maybe 2 to 3 variables that looked like this, using pen and paper. I need to solve This Problem using Simplex, Dual Simplex, Big M and ...
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How to read a solution file (.sol) in cplex python API?

I've been to trying to read a .sol file in cplex python API before solving the problem but couldn't find any command to do so. There are analogous commands for this ...
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Problem classification: optimal weights for Weighted Arithmetic Mean

I want to write an optimisation problem then solve it, to get optimised weights to compute a final score using a weighted arithmetic mean. The problem is as follows. I have an entity (an input vector ...
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Which solver solves PSD constrained convex non-linear problem

I have a problem with a vector variable $w \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and a symmetric matrix variable $V \in \mathbb{R^{n \times n}}$. I am solving a problem which is roughly like: \begin{align} \begin{array}{...
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Maximum weight b-matching with global cardinality constraint

Suppose $A$ is an $n$-by-$n$ symmetric matrix whose entries are all nonnegative. $A_{ii} = 0$ for all $i$. We want to find an $n$-by-$n$ binary ($0/1$ valued) matrix $X$ that maximizes $$\sum_{ij} A_{...
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Optimize probability parameter in an optimal control problem

We have a game with infinite but countable rounds. We have one machine, that may either break down, or continue operating. For each round the machine operates, it gives cost $-1$ (so profit of $1$). ...
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Help with constrained or regularized optimization problem involving variable matrices and powers of matrices (or perhaps matrix logarithms)

I am attempting to solve the following optimization problem: $$ \small\min_{A,B,C} \| Y_A - AX_A \|_F + \| Y_B - BX_B \|_F + \| Y_C - CX_C \|_F + \lambda_1 \|B - A^2\|_F + \lambda_2 \|C - A^4\|_F $$ ...
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Integer variable optimization - decreasing execution time

I have a variable declared as follows in AMPL: ...
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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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Compute the distance from a point inside a convex set to the boundary of the set

Problem Let $\mathcal C = \{ X \in \mathbb{R}^n \mid g(X) \leq 0\}$ where $g$ is convex, and let $X_c \in \mathcal{C}$. Is there any algorithm to compute the distance from $X_c$ to the boundary of $\...
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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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Minimizing a variable over the intersection of simplex and linear constraints

I am solving: \begin{align} \begin{array}{rll} y^* = \min & y & \\ \mathrm{s.t.} & a_i^\top x \leq y, & i=1,\ldots,m \\ & x \succeq 0,\ \mathbf{1}^\top x = 1. & \end{array} \...
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Sequential quadratic programming source

What are the good text books to learn SQP? Are there any online courses that you can suggest?
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How to classify and model this problem?

I was given the task to model the following problem and find a solution for it, but as I do not have any experience in this field, I already have trouble classifying it. There are a number of ...
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Graphical illustration Excel

I have formulated a linear optimization model and solve it using the Excel Solver. How can I illustrate the slacks vs usage?
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Convexity of a function

I would like to show that this function $$2x^2 + 8y^2$$ is convex or concave by using the definition $$f(θx+(1−θ)y) \le θf(x)+(1−θ)f(y)$$ From my understanding, using the Hessian matrix, I believe ...
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Linear programming sensitivity analysis using Matlab

I have a linear program in the MPS file format listing all the rows, columns, right-hand sides, etc. I can read that in Matlab and solve it using linprog. However, it seems there is no easy way to do ...
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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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Iterative calculus with Excel - N° 2

In continuation with the previous post, I propose you another problem. I have this model: \begin{align}\min&\quad F\\\text{s.t.}&\quad F-(1150x_{B_{1}}+1000x_{B_{2}}+1350x_{B_{3}}-S_{1})=430\...
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Iterative calculus with Excel

I have this model: \begin{align}\max&\quad\small{(0.2(1.07)^{-1}+0.2(1.07)^{-2}+0.9(1.07)^{-3})x_A+0.4(1.07)^{-1}+0.5(1.07)^{-2}+0.3(1.07)^{-3})x_B}\\&\quad 0.2x_{A}+0.4x_{B}\geq300\,000 \\&...
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How to run MOSEK solver in CVXOPT

I have written a small code to do a simple min variance optimisation using CVXOPT, you can see the whole code below By using solvers.qp(P, q, G, h, A, b) in CVXOPT ...
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Optimal Energy Charging/discharging Scheduling Problem

I'm new to IBM CP optimizer. I want to make charging / discharging scheduling based on cost (value will change on time) and my objective function is $$\sum_{t=1}^{24}\sum_{j=1}^5x(1)^{(t,j)}x(2)^{(t,j)...
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How to find minimum number of locomotives to cover maximum miles in a network?

I have a freight train dataset with details like locomotive type, substations it passes through, trip date, travel miles, etc. There are 5 locomotive types in the dataset, and each type has 20-30 ...
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Use integer/quadratic programming to maximize consecutive zeros in a binary array

A binary array $t = [t_1, t_2, t_3, t_4, t_5]$ with each element a binary integer variable taking values 0 or 1. You can think this vector as slots with 1 representing the slot being taken and 0 ...
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Problem Clustering and Suggestions for Solving it (Job-Shop?)

I am trying to find the amount that an item may get produced. To produce this item I need casting-molds. A casting-mold can be used multiple times after it becomes available again. For the ...
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Access LpVariable as input to another Keras sequential network

I want to use LpVariable as an input argument to a sequential CNN network layer, which is in Keras. When I tried to call the function I got the error as follows: <...
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Discrete optimization in transport economics

I was working on a problem in transport economics where the optimal number of trips in a given duration of time is to be found out. The profit is a function of the price vector $p$ and time cost $c$ ...
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Scheduling events in order to maximize preparation time

Problem statement I'm given a set of events $E$, and $\forall e \in E$ also: a set of plausible dates on which the event can happen $D_e$ importance (weight) $w_e$ ideal preparation time duration $...
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What is the difference between optimization software APIs based on performance and speed?

The state-of-art solvers like CPLEX or Gurobi and some of the open-source solvers have had the different APIs (like Python, C/C++, Java, etc.) in which users could write their MP model in own ...
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How to minimize a weighted sum of RMSE-like terms?

I am trying to solve the following problem: \begin{align} \min&\quad f(x) = \sum_{i=1}^{n}{a_ix_i} + \sum_{i=1}^{n}{b_i\sqrt{\sum_{j=1}^{m}{\left(y_{i,j}-x_i\right)^2}}}\\\text{s.t.}&\quad x_{...
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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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Is it necessary to study rigorous math courses in OR?

I am a business student with engineering background and I am studying papers published in some journals like Management Science, Operations Research, Math of OR and they use some notations and ...
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Bin packing variant

I am currently struggling with a bin packing variant, where we have fuel and compartments of a tank truck. Some industry constraints apply, but the whole picture is that you must fit the total volume ...
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Solving continuous Minimax Optimization problem

I want to solve a linear programming minimax problem here mathematically without using software: $$\begin{align*} \text{min}\ \text{max} \quad & \{x_1,x_2,x_3\} \\ \text{s.t.} \...
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Semi-definite Programming, non standard notation

The usual way to define a semi-definite program (SDP), e.g., as given in Boyd and Vandenberghe's convex optimization book, is: $$ \begin{array}{cl} \min & c^\top x \\ \mathrm{s.t.} & 0 \succeq ...
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AMPL implement constraint

I'm trying to implement the following in AMPL: $$ i \in [N], j \in[N] \backslash \{i\}, t \in [T] $$ I have so far written the following: ...
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Aggregate production planning

I'm looking for an optimization model about production planning that takes the following into consideration: Single site Multi products One machine/resource Sequence-dependent Fixed batch ...

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