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RE: [Help-glpk] mip formulations and reformulations

From: Meketon, Marc
Subject: RE: [Help-glpk] mip formulations and reformulations
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 21:43:22 -0500

Kipp Martin wrote several papers on reformulations of linear/integer
programs to obtain tighter bounds and faster optimization times.  I have
used some of tricks successfully in the past couple of years.

When this email from Andrew first came out, I asked Kipp if there was
anything available on the web that contained his work that could be
distributed to this group.

He graciously created a link for us that contains Chapter 16 of a book
he wrote on large-scale linear and integer optimization.  This chapter
discusses reformulations of the problem to get tighter bounds.  I
believe many people in this group would find it helpful:

Thank you Kipp!


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Behalf Of Andrew Makhorin
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 9:58 AM
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Subject: [Help-glpk] mip formulations and reformulations

There had been some discussions on the list around mip's, which are
hard for glpk due to their structure, and how one could reformulate
the model to make it easier for solving. So I would like to mention
the interesting educational article "Formulations and Reformulations
in Integer Programming" by Prof. Michael Trick. The article is
publically available at .

I translated one of the models described in the article from Mosel to
MathProg (please see the attachment). In its initial formulation the
model is absolutely intractable for solving to optimality with glpsol.
After some reformulations suggested in the article the solution time
was reduced signficantly. However, a most amazing effect happened
after including in the model an additional redundant constraint (which
is redundant even for lp relaxation) --- glpsol could solve it to
optimality for one second.

Hope my information will be useful.

Andrew Makhorin
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