# Questions tagged [linear-programming]

Mathematical and computational method for finding the best outcome in a given mathematical model where the list of requirements is represented as linear relationships.

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### Can the ellipsoid method be used with a randomized separation oracle?

Suppose we are trying to solve the following optimization problem: $$\text{maximize } ~~ c\cdot y \\ \text{subject to } ~~ y\in S$$ where the region $S$ is described by an exponential number of ...
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### How to prove that a given class of convex programs cannot be solved by linear programming?

Given the following program, where $f, g$ are convex functions: $$\text{minimize}~~ f(x) \\ \text{subject to}~~ g(x)\leq 0$$ the problem can be solved by convex programming algorithms, but it would ...
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### Is there a simplex-like algorithm that can be used with a separation oracle?

Linear programs can be solved in polynomial time using the ellipsoid method, but in practice the Simplex method is much more efficient, and the smoothed analysis framework of Spielman and Teng ...
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### What is known about (upper bounds on) the LP gap of the (symmetric) Travelling salesman in special instances?

What is known about the LP gap of (the natural Held-Karp relaxation of) the (symmetric) Travelling salesman in special instances? I'm only aware of one special case where the extreme points are all ...
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### Why is the ellipsoid method numerically unstable?

In the Ellipsoid method wikipedia entry under the performance section, it is mentioned that the Ellipsoid method often times is numerically unstable in practice: "On even "small"-sized ...
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### Does an upper bound on the integrality gap imply an approximation algorithm with the same ratio?

Often, we can model combinatorial optimization problems with an Integer Program. Then there is an associated Linear Relaxation which drops the integrality constraints on the variables. Let's say we ...
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### Is this proof of $LP$ being in $coNP$ correct?

I am referring to the natural decision version of the Linear Programming problem: given $A \in \mathbb{Q}^{m \times n}, \ b \in \mathbb{Q}^m, \ c \in \mathbb{Q}^n, \ \alpha \in \mathbb{Q}$, does there ...
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### Characterization of integral polyhedra

A rational polyhedron $P \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ is an integral polyhedron if it is the convex hull of its integer points. That is, if $P = conv(P \cap \mathbb{Z}^n)$. Equivalently, $P$ is integral if ...
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### Using Baire Category to analyze the efficiency of the Simplex Method

I read from the wiki page of the Simplex Algorithm that we can "use Baire category theory from general topology, and to show that (topologically) "most" matrices can be solved by the ...
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### Prove that this linear relaxation has half-integral extreme points

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$, here is a Linear Relaxation of the edge cover polytope: (1) For each $v \in V, \sum_{e \in \delta(v)} x_e \geq 1.$ (2) For each $e \in E$, $0 \leq x_e \leq 1.$ Here $\delta(S)$...
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### Complexity of real coefficients Linear Programs

I would like to know if there are known any polynomial time algorithms for deciding the feasibility of linear programs with real (not integers) coefficients. I know that for linear programs with ...
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### (Integer) Linear Program formulation of planarity?

Q: Is there an efficient (I)LP formulation of planarity? More specifically, I am looking for a set of constraints that are satisfied by exactly all planar graphs on $n$ vertices, in order to optimize ...
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### Is this homework problem on T-joins wrong? [closed]

In Question 9.3a, it states that if $T=V$, then the minimum cost perfect matching is the minimum cost T-join. Is this actually true? I think I have a counterexample which I have drawn below.
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### Proof of $LP$ is in $coNP$ without showing it is in $P$?

Is there a proof that linear programming is in $coNP$ without showing it is in $P$? If so what is the strategy?
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### Can one efficiently uniformly sample a neighbor of a vertex in the graph of a polytope?

I have a polytope $P$ defined by $\{ x : Ax \leq b, x \geq 0\}$ . Question: Given a vertex $v$ of $P$, is there a polynomial time algorithm to uniformly sample from the neighbors of $v$ in the graph ...
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### How small can extension complexity be?

In this article on extension complexity of regular polygons https://arxiv.org/pdf/1505.08031.pdf it is mentioned that extension complexity of $n$ regular polygons should be $\theta(\log n)$. This is ...
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### How is SDP an extension of spectral algorithms?

In one of his lectures, Uri Feige described semidefinite programming (SDP) as ... an algorithmic technique that extends both linear programming and spectral algorithms. I know the basic ...
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### Reference request: strong polynomial-time for LP

A follow-up of sorts on this question: Complexity of finding a consistent hyperplane What is a good survey of partial results on the strong poly-time status of the general LP problem?
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### Generalizations of linear programming

Linear problems can be solved in polynomial time. So can semidefinite programs and, presumably, many other useful classes of optimization programs. Is there a survey/lecture notes describing ...
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### Best algorithms for real linear programming

Linear Programming asks for $x\in\mathbb R^n$ such that $Ax\leq L$ holds where $A\in\mathbb R^{m\times n}$ and $L\in\mathbb R^m$ are given. Karmarkar has shown that $\ell$ is the number of bits of ...
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### Solving an LP with at most m-1 nonzeros

Consider the linear program: $$A x = b, ~~~~~~ x\geq 0$$ where $A$ is an $m$-by-$n$ matrix, $x$ is an $n$-by-1 vector, $b$ is an $m$-by-1 vector, and $m<n$. It is known that, if this ...
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### Minimum relevant variables in linear system - additive approximation

In the problem Minimum Relevant Variables in Linear System (Min-RVLS), the input is a linear system, e.g.: $$A x = b$$ and the goal is to find a solution $x$ with as few nonzero variables as ...
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### Is there a counterexample to this work?

Is there a counterexample to this claim https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.00353? They claim a $O(n^6)$ LP model with simulations to support. I think asking validity is not a reasonable problem. However ...
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General Problem Suppose we have a multivariate polynomial function $f(\mathbf{x})$, and several linear functions $\ell_i(\mathbf{x})$. What is known about the complexity of solving the following ...