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Mixing sets linked by bidirected paths

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  • DI SUMMA, Marco


    (Dipartimento di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Torino, I-10149 Torino, Italy)

  • WOLSEY, Laurence


    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

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    Recently there has been considerable research on simple mixed-integer sets, called mixing sets, and closely related sets arising in uncapacitated and constant capacity lot- sizing. This in turn has led to study of more general sets, called network-dual sets, for which it is possible to derive extended formulations whose projection gives the convex hull of the network-dual set. Unfortunately this formulation cannot be used (in general) to optimize in polynomial time. Furthermore the inequalities definining the convex hull of a network-dual set in the original space of variables are known only for some special cases. Here we study two new cases, in which the continuous variables of the network-dual set are linked by a bi- directed path. In the first case, which is motivated by lot-sizing problems with (lost) sales, we provide a description of the convex hull as the intersection of the convex hulls of 2^n mixing sets, where n is the number of continuous variables of the set. However optimization is polynomial as only n + 1 of the sets are required for any given objective function. In the second case, generalizing single arc flow sets, we describe again the convex hull as an intersection of an exponential number of mixing sets and also give a combinatorial polynomial-time separation algorithm.

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    Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2010063.

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    Date of creation: 01 Oct 2010
    Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2010063
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    1. Rabah Amir, 2005. "Supermodularity and Complementarity in Economics: An Elementary Survey," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 71(3), pages 636-660, January.
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