# Questions tagged [combinatorial-optimization]

For questions about optimization over a discrete solution space.

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### What are the flow based formulations?

What are the flow-based formulations? For what optimization problems are they applied, and in which form? Which are the specificities of such a formulation? Also, the same question for the time staged ...
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### MILP formualtion for Two-level minimum dominating set (MDS) problem?

I'm working on an optimization problem which is kind of finding the minimum dominating set (MDS) or the minimum vertex set (MVS) in an undirected graph. given the MILP formulation for both problems, I ...
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### Maximum bipartite matching with breakpoints in edge weight function

I am looking for an analogy to the problem I am facing or better yet a paper or even code. I have: Nodes from set A and B. Edges are from a single A to many B. I am framing a max bipartite matching ...
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### Formulation of Assignment problem as integer programming

We need to maintain as quickly as possible a complex system. In particular, we need to replace six of its components $\{P1,...,P6\}$. We have three 3D printers $\{M1,M2,M3\}$ which we can use to ...
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### Limit number of switches in employee scheduling problem

Here is a scheduling problem I need to solve. Given the demand for 2 positions in 1 week with 3 shifts per position, I need to allocate the employees accordingly with some extra operational ...
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### Using big M values for a constraint

I want to enforce $x_{i,j}=x_{k,j}\implies z_i \neq z_k$ where $k = i-1$ so I used \begin{align}z_k + 1 - (x_{i,j} - x_{k,j})) \leq z_i \leq z_k - 1 - (x_{i,j} - x_{k,j})\quad\text{for each $j$}\end{...
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### Does this problem fall into any common problem definition…Knapsack maybe?

I am struggling to find a representative problem formulation for this optimization challenge. I have implemented a MILP in Matlab, but the run time is taking more then a day. My goal is to see if it ...
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### Where can I find resources to learn mathematical modelling for real life operation research problems like combinatorial optimization?

I find it hard to form math models for real life operations research problems, how can I learn this? Any books, tutorials available?
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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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### 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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### Restoring a list from differences

Given a list of (absolute valued) pair differences ordered and with duplicates removed, how can we recover/reconstruct the list that generated these differences? We do not know anything about the ...
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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.