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### Mixed integer programming formulation for Ising model

I want to implement a minimisation on a 2D spin Ising model with 30x30 grid. The spin variables is 0,1 and the objective is to minimize the sum of products of spins. For simplicity, I only include NN ...

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### A certain instance of the Set Covering problem

Is there any useful structure associated with the following instance of the Set Covering problem?
Let $G$ be a weighted graph and let $\mathcal{P}$ denote the set of all shortest paths between all ...

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### Sufficient optimality condition for a non-smooth quasiconvex problem

The result of relaxing to an integer program is the following optimization problem:
$$\min_{\textbf{x}} \sum_{i=1}^n \alpha_i h(x_i)\quad subject \; to \quad A\textbf{x} = \textbf{0}$$
where ...

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### Ref request: If an affine subspace $V$ of $\mathbb R^n$ meets an $n$-dimensional polytope $P$, then it meets $P$ in a face of dimension $\le n-\dim V$

Let $P$ and $V$ be, respectively, a bounded full-dimensional polytope and an $m$-dimensional affine subspace of $\mathbb R^n$, and assume $P \cap V$ is non-empty.
Q1. Could you provide me with a ...

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### Application of Combinatorics, Logic and computability theory in physical science: Tiling of Wang Tile with proportionality

The original problem of Domino Tiling and Wang Tile has great theoretical interest on computability theory... However, the great emerging problem on application of Wang Tile in material science and ...

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### integrality of a linear program — binary equality constaints

Consider the following linear program:
$\left\{
\begin{array}{l}
\underset{x}{max} \;\;c^Tx\\
[I, \;B]x = \mathbf{1}\\
x\geq 0
\end{array}
\right.$
where $c$ is a vector ...

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### Are there any known bounds on the value of solutions of linear integer programming?

Given a linear objective function and a system of linear constraints; are there any known bounds on the values of (positive) integral solutions in terms of the coefficient matrix of the constraints?
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### Supermodular Minimization

I need to minimize a supermodular function and I am well aware of the fact that minimizing supermodular functions is equivalent to maximize submodular functions and that there are many good ...

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### Minimize $td-2\sum_{i=0}^{t-1} w_k(i)$ where $w_k(i)$ is the sum of the base-$k$ digits of $i$

Let $K_k^n$ denote the $n$-fold cartesian product of the complete graph on $k$ vertices, and let $[R,T]$ be the edge cut, consisting of the edges between complementary vertex sets $R$ and $T$.
I ...

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### Minimize the length of intersection of the set of intervals

Consider the following problem: given a finite set $S$ of intervals on the line and a number $k$. We need to colour this set in $k$ colours so that the measure of the set of points, which are ...

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### Best ranking in tournament: polynomial time algorithm?

This question was posed by my colleague Torbjörn Lundh in his paper Which Ball is the Roundest? A Suggested Tournament Stability Index, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 2(3), 2006. We have ...

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### Is this Graph parameter known?

Let $\lambda(G)$ denote the edge-connectivity of $G$.
Consider the following parameter:
$\rho(G) = \max_{X \subset V(G)} \min(\lambda(G[X]), \lambda(G[V(G) - X]))$
Has this parameter been studied? ...

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### Survey on Compared Running Time: Ellipsoid Method vs. Simplex Method

If you look through papers on the Ellipsoid Method, there is a large agreement, that the Ellipsoid Method, although theoretically polynomial, is in practice way slower than the Simplex Method. ...

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### k-means type clustering of binary data, under capacity constraints per cluster. Proof of NP-hardness?

Suppose you are given a set of $I$ binary vectors in ${\mathbb R}^N$, a number of clusters $k$, and positive integers $\{ c_i \}_{i=1}^k$ where $\sum_{i=1}^k c_i = I$.
I am interested in finding a ...

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### Upper bounds on the worst-case traveling salesman tours in the unit square

The paper [1] proves that, if we place $N$ points in the unit square, then the length $\ell$ of the euclidean TSP tour of those points must satisfy $$\ell \leq \sqrt{2N} + 7/4~~.$$ I'm wondering, can ...

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### Quickly finding optimal subset of pairs of numerator and denominator terms for special objective functions

Given a multi-set of pairs $((a_i,b_i))_{i \in Y}$ of positive numerator and denominator terms (i.e. each pair has one numerator term and one denominator term), my general problem is to find the ...

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### Effect of a Specific Restriction on the Integrality of Min-cost Flow Solutions

I want to model the following situation: there is one production site (modelled by the source), a collection of depots (modelled by nodes without demand) and, of course many more customers (modelled ...

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### Optimization over a variable domain defined as a convex hull of given points [closed]

I have an optimization problem:
$\max_{\bf{x}} Z(\bf{x})$,
s.t. $\bf{x} \in conv(\bf{S})$
where $\bf{x}$ is an $n$-dimensional vector, $Z(\bf{x})$ is a non-linear function. The domain of $\bf{x}$ ...

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### Deducing Linear Inequalities

Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n $ be indeterminates. Denote by $S$ the set of all linear inequalities of the form
$X_{i_1}+X_{i_2}+\ldots+X_{i_k} \geq k,$
with $k \in \{ 1,2,\ldots,n \}$ and $1 \leq i_1< ...

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### Optimization problem - maximizing number of satisfied linear inequalities subject to a quadratic constraint

I am wondering what is known about optimization problems of the following type.
Our control x is a unit vector in $\mathbb{R}^n$. We are given a finite number of linear inequalities
$$Az≥b,$$
and we ...

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### Finding a sub-matrix from a fat matrix with the best condition number.

Given a m-by-n matrix with $n>>m$ and with a known rank of $k\leq m$, what would be a computationally effective way of finding out $k$ columns, such that the matrix formed using these $k$ ...

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### Inverse of a totally unimodular matrix

A unimodular matrix $M$ is a square integer matrix having determinant $+1$ or $−1$.
A totally unimodular matrix (TU matrix) is a matrix for which every square non-singular submatrix is unimodular. A ...

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### Maximizing supermodular functions

I have a real supermodular objective function which I want to maximize with constraint. The constraint is on the size, like |A|=k .
I am wondering if anyone can give me more information about a ...

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### Approximation for accumulative set cover

Let $S_1,\ldots,S_m\subseteq U$ be subsets of a set $U$ of size $\lvert U\rvert=n$. Over all permutations $\pi$ of the set $\{1,\ldots,m\}$, I want to maximize the quantity
\begin{equation}
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### Laplacian using SDP

Is there any suggestion about how could one construct a model that uses semidefinite programming that minimizes sum of k smallest eigenvalues of Laplacian matrix?
I found two papers that have done ...

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### Selecting $k$ integers from an interval $[0, N]$ to maximize the minimum difference between pairwise sums

I have an optimization problem where I need to select $k$ integers over the interval $[0, N]$ s.t. I maximize the minimum difference between any pairwise sum of the $k$ integers (where we also include ...

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### sorting two paired lists of real numbers to minimize consecutive absolute differences

Consider a set of $n$ real-valued number pairs: $(x_1,y_1), (x_2,y_2), \dots, (x_n,y_n)$. I want to find a permutation $p$ of the indices which minimizes the sum of consecutive absolute differences: ...

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### Maximum magnitude subset sum

Let $z_1,z_2,\dots,z_N$ be vectors from $\mathbb Z^m$ for some $m$. The problem is:
Given a positive integer $p$, find the subset $A_p \subset \{ 1,2,\dots,N \}$ of size $|A_p| = p$ such that
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### Lotteries, Turan's problem, and minimization of risk

Suppose I am a high-volume broker aiming to make some money on a state lottery. In this lottery, six balls are drawn from a population of (let's say) 50, without replacement. A ticket is a choice of ...

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### Finding the lowest cost set of disjoint paths using all nodes in a directed graph?

I have a directed graph with edges connecting nodes representing costs.
I wish to find the set of paths which
-go from node 'start' to node 'end'
-are node-disjoint (except for the start and end ...

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### Minimum weight bipartite graph clique covering

I was wondering if anyone here could give me any pointers as to how to solve the following problem.
Let $B=(L,R,E)$ be a bipartite graph, and $\forall u\in L\cup R$, let $c_u$ be a cost associated to ...

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### set and subset series combinatorics

let $A=\{1,2,3...,N\}$ and $B_1,B_2,B_3\dots,B_n$ be a series of subsets of $A$ which satisfied that $|B_i|=m$,
$|B_i\cap B_j|\le k$. what is the maximum of $n$? ($k< m< N$)
it can be easily ...

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### How does this algorithmic proof of Edmonds-Gallai work?

Sorry, this is going to be technical and dirty. I am not looking for a proof of the Edmonds-Gallai structure theorem (I understand two of them, even if they are rather similar); I am trying to ...

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### Convexified threshold of a function

Upd. The question in a nutshell: find convex set on plane which is «closest» to a given non-convex set.
It is given integrable function $0\leq f(x,y)\leq 1$ with bounded support: $f(x,y)=0$ when ...

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### Wrapping a convex polyhedron with string

This is a meta-question, rather than a specific mathematical question.
I am seeking a mathematical definition that captures the following physical idea.
Suppose you have a convex polyhedron $P ...

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### A Conjecture About Directed Graphs that are the Union of Two Trees

Let D=(V,E) be a directed graph that is the union of two edge-disjoint directed
spanning trees. Suppose that
There no subset X of vertices so that
there is precisely one directed edge
from X ...