Linear programming is the study of optimizing a linear function over a set of linear inequalities. The Simplex Method, Ellipsoid Method and Interior Point Method are popular algorithms to solve linear programs.

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When is polytope compatible with network flow?

A linear program is the problem of optimizing an linear objective function within some polytope $A$ over $\mathbf R^n$. My question is motivated by the question of when a linear programming problem ...
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Maximum flow with negative capacities?

I'm trying to compute an (s-t) maximum flow through a network which includes a number of arc pairs ((u,v), (v,u)) that have equal, negative capacities (weights). I'm not aware of any efficient ...
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efficient way to compute the inversion of the following matrix

Hi, there I have looked it up in the current textbook. The conventional numerical method to compute the inversion of an $n \times n$ matrix requires $O(n^3)$. However, for the following special ...
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Degenerate case of linear programming duality?

Let's say we have a maximization linear program that looks like this: maximize $\vec{c}\vec{x}$, subject to $\matrix{A}\vec{x} \leq 0$, $\vec{x} \geq 0$. If we take the dual, we have "minimize ...
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Minimum tiling of a rectangle by squares

Given the $n\times m$ rectangle, I want to compute the minimum number of integer-sided squares needed to tile it (possibly of different sizes). Is there an efficient way to calculate this?
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Linear Programming Cost Function [closed]

I need to add the following to my LP problem: If the amount of workers hired in period $t$ ($H_t$) is higher than 25, the hiring cost is only 1 instead of 1.2. Example: if 30 workers are hired in ...
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Maximum average value within a rectangular bounding box

The goal is to expedite detection using the sliding window approach. In other words, an object classifier is known and I need to find where the possible locations of this object are in an image. This ...
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Inequality-constrained linear-regression, what is the covariance of the estimator?

If you do a linear regression: $||Ax - e ||^2$, where e is iid Gaussian, mean 0 and variance 1, then your answer is $x_{hat} = (A' A)^{-1} (A' * e)$ and the covariance of $x_{hat}$ is $(A' A)^{-1}$ ...
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How to find which subset of bitfields xor to another bitfield?

I have a somewhat coding-oriented problem. I have a bunch of bitfields and would like to calculate what subset of them to xor together to achieve a certain other bitfield, or if there isn't a way to ...
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what is the difference between the revised simplex method andthe full tableu?

No to sound naive but they look like they include the same steps to me, one's just the algorithmical representation of the other. Thanks in advance.
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Recovering a piecewise affine function

Lets say I have an piecewise affine convex function $f(x_1,x_2)$, on which the following operations are possible: Computing $f(x_1,x_2)$. Computing a subgradient to $f$ at $(x_1,x_2)$ Computing all ...
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Sorting a binary matrix diagonal in polynomial time while preserving rows

Is there a polynomial time solution to sort an arbitrary binary square matrix in polynomial time by rows so that the diagonal contains a 1 if any row contains a 1 in that column? For example given ...
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For Ax = b, x and b unknown vectors, how do I solve the x that maximizes min(b_i)?

Given a matrix $A$, each element $A_{i,j} \geq 0$, find the vector $\vec x$ that maximizes the minimum element in $\vec b$ ($\vec b = A \vec x$). Note that this is not a linear equation system as I ...
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Continuous Linear Programming: Estimating a Solution

I have a "continuous" linear programming problem that involves maximizing a linear function over a curved convex space. In typical LP problems, the convex space is a polytope, but in this case the ...
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Symmetry of the integer gap

Are there results that bound the asymmetry of the duality gap of an integer program? That is to say, if the difference between the LP solution and the IP (primal) solution is $a$, is there a function ...
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Applications of minmax theorem(s)

Intro We suppose $X$ and $Y$ are nonempty sets and f: $X\times Y \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. A minimax theorem is a theorem that asserts that, under certain conditions, $$ \inf_Y \sup_X f = \sup_X ...
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How to solve Linear Programming problem with tighter Integer Programming constraints

I want to learn a bit about Linear Programming. After some research, I decided to solve the Cutting Stock problem as an example to learn. After doing some more research, I feel like I finally ...
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Proving that a binary matrix is totally unimodular

I'm working on a set of problems for which I can formulate binary integer programs. When I solve the linear relaxations of these problems, I always get integer solutions. I would like to prove that ...
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Solving a system of linear inequalities — what is the dimension of the solution set?

It is well known how to solve a system of linear equations $A{\bf x} = {\bf b}$, but how do we solve a system of linear inequalities $A{\bf x} \leq {\bf b}$? For the applications I have in mind the ...
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Existence/Uniqueness of Nonnegative Solutions of Linear Systems of Equations

Suppose we have an $m$x$n$ matrix $A$, with $m\lt n$, and an $m$x$1$ vector $b$. Are there existence and uniqueness conditions characterizing nonnegative solutions of the system of linear equations ...
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When is a triangular matrix totally unimodular?

I have an {0,1}, invertible, triangular matrix, that I would like to show to be totally unimodular. Are there any known results on the total unimodularity of classes of triangular matrices?
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Feasibility of linear programs

It's known that finding the intersection of n halfplanes in 2-d takes $\Omega(n\log n)$ time. Does the lower bound apply if we change the question to deciding whether the intersection is non-empty?
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A system of linear equations with linear constraints

Mathematical problem. Suppose we have $2n$ indeterminates $x_1,\dots,x_n$ and $y_1,\dots,y_n$ (which are denoted by $q$ with indices and called abundances below) and $m$ subsets $P_1,\dots,P_m$ of ...
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Is it possible to use linear programming to solve this problem?

I am trying to write software to minimize pricing for cell phone subscription services, ie: choose the optimum plan for each customer in a large group. Could someone comment on whether this is ...
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A simple infinite dimensional optimization problem

I'd be grateful for a reference for the following result, which I believe to be true, and should be well-known. Let the continuous functions $f_0,f_1,\cdots,f_n: [0,1]\rightarrow [0,\infty)$ be ...
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How to find a closest integer point to intersection of two lines?

Hello. Here's a question that originates from StackOverflow (and the SO crowd isn't really qualified to solve it). We're given two lines on the plane, each of them has at least two integer points ...
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Covariance matrix formula interpretation - what am I missing?

I'm reading a paper that outlines the calculation of a covariance matrix like the following: $C=\displaystyle\sum^{N_b}_{i=1}\vec{x}_i\vec{x}_i^T$ What is the order of this matrix? My interpretation ...
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Linear programming piecewise linear objective

I am fairly new at linear programming/optimization and am currently working on implementing a linear program that is stated like this: max $\sum_{i=1}^{k}{p(\vec \alpha \cdot \vec c_i)}$ $s.t. $ ...
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Sum of difference moduli vs. sum of modulus differences

This is a failed attempt of mine at creating a contest problem; the failure is in the fact that I wasn't able to solve it myself. Let $x_1$, $x_2$, ..., $x_n$ be $n$ reals. For any integer $k$, ...
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Deciding membership in a convex hull

Problem: Given points $u,v_1,\dots,v_n\in\mathbb{R}^m$, decide if $u$ is contained in the convex hull of $v_1,\dots,v_n.$ This can be done efficiently by linear programming (time polynomial in ...