All-integer column generation: Basic principles and extensions
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Operational Research, ISSN 0377-2217, Vol. 233, no 3, 529-538 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Column generation is a linear programming method in which a dual solution of the master problem is essential when deriving new columns by solving a subproblem. When combined with appropriate integer programming techniques, column generation has successfully been used for solving huge integer programs. In many applications where column generation is used, the master problem is of a set partitioning type.
The set partitioning polytope has the quasi-integrality property, which enables the use of simplex pivot based methods for finding improved integer solutions where each integer solution is associated with a linear programming basis a corresponding dual solution. By combining these kinds of simplex pivots with column generation, one obtains a method where each successively found solution to a restricted master problem is feasible, integer, and associated with a dual solution to be used in the column generation step. The column generation subproblem can either be of a regular type, or it can be tailored to produce columns that maintain integrality when pivoted into the basis.
In this paper, a framework for this kind of column generation, which we here name all-integer column generation for set partitioning problems, is presented. The strategies proposed are primarily of a meta-heuristic nature, but with the proper settings, optimal or near-optimal solutions can be obtained.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 233, no 3, 529-538 p.
Set partitioning, meta-heuristic, column generation, quasiintegrality, surrogate columns, over-generation, all-integer pivots
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76091DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.08.036ISI: 000328180200006Local ID: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-76091DiVA: diva2:512199
On the day of the defence date the status of this article was Manuscript with the title All-integer column generation: A meta-heuristic for set partitioning problems.2012-03-262012-03-262014-02-19Bibliographically approved