# 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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### A combinatorial version for the polynomial Hirsch conjecture

Consider $t$ disjoint families of subsets of {1,2,…,n}, ${\cal F}_1,{\cal F_2},\dots {\cal F_t}$ . Suppose that (*) For every $i \lt j \lt k$ and every $R \in {\cal F}_i$, and $T \in {\cal F}_k$, ...
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### The importance of Integrality Gap

I always had trouble in understanding the importance of the Integrality Gap (IG) and bounds on it. IG is the ratio of (the quality of) an optimal integer answer to (the quality of) an optimal real ...
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### Complexity of the simplex algorithm

What is the upper bound on the simplex algorithm for finding a solution to a Linear Program? How would I go about finding a proof for such a case? It seems as though the worst case is if each vertex ...
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### Toy Examples for Plotkin-Shmoys-Tardos and Arora-Kale solvers

I would like to understand how the Arora-Kale SDP solver approximates the Goemans-Williamson relaxation in nearly linear time, how the Plotkin-Shmoys-Tardos solver approximates fractional "...
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### Consequences of existence of a strongly polynomial algorithm for linear programming?

One of the holy grails of algorithm design is finding a strongly polynomial algorithm for linear programming, i.e., an algorithm whose runtime is bounded by a polynomial in the number of variables and ...
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### What classes of mathematical programs can be solved exactly or approximately, in polynomial time?

I am rather confused by the continuous optimization literature and TCS literature about which types of (continuous) mathematical programs (MPs) can be solved efficiently, and which cannot. The ...
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### Is there a polynomial time algorithm to determine if the span of a set of matrices contains a permutation matrix?

I would like to find a polynomial time algorithm that determines if the span of a given set of matrices contains a permutation matrix. If any one knows if this problem is of a different complexity ...
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### Is cubic complexity still the state of the art for LP?

According to D. den Hertog, Interior Point Approach to Linear, Quadratic and Convex Programming, 1994, a linear program with $n$ variables, $n$ constraints and precision $L$ is solvable in $O(n^3L)$ ...
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### Optimization problems with good characterization, but no polynomial-time algorithm

Consider optimization problems of the following form. Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial-time computable function that maps a string $x$ into a rational number. The optimization problem is this: what is the ...
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### How fast can we solve a totally unimodular integer linear program?

(This is a follow-up to this question and its answer.) I have the following totally unimodular (TU) integer linear program (ILP). Here $\ell,m,n_{1},n_{2},\ldots,n_{\ell},c_{1},c_{2},\ldots,c_{m},w$ ...
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### What are some of the most ingenious linear programs developed for tackling hard combinatorial problems?

What are some known ingenious linear programs that have been developed for tackling hard combinatorial optimization problems, especially any linear programs which had helped in getting good ...