Timm Oertel

Timm Oertel
Cardiff University | CU

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The Steinitz constant in dimension $d$ is the smallest value $c(d)$ such that for any norm on $\mathbb{R}^{ d}$ and for any finite zero-sum sequence in the unit ball, the sequence can be permuted such that the norm of each partial sum is bounded by $c(d)$. Grinberg and Sevastyanov prove that $c(d) \le d$ and that the bound of $d$ is best possible f...
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We study the sparsity of the solutions to systems of linear Diophantine equations with and without non-negativity constraints. The sparsity of a solution vector is the number of its nonzero entries, which is referred to as the $$\ell _0$$ ℓ 0 -norm of the vector. Our main results are new improved bounds on the minimal $$\ell _0$$ ℓ 0 -norm of solut...
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Motivated by problems in optimization we study the sparsity of the solutions to systems of linear Diophantine equations and linear integer programs, i.e., the number of non-zero entries of a solution, which is often referred to as the -norm. Our main results are improved bounds on the -norm of sparse solutions to systems , where , and is either a g...
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Motivated by problems in optimization we study the sparsity of the solutions to systems of linear Diophantine equations and linear integer programs, i.e., the number of non-zero entries of a solution, which is often referred to as the $\ell_0$-norm. Our main results are improved bounds on the $\ell_0$-norm of sparse solutions to systems $A x = b$,...
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We give an optimal upper bound for the \(\ell _{\infty }\)-distance from a vertex of a knapsack polyhedron to its nearest feasible lattice point. In a randomised setting, we show that the upper bound can be significantly improved on average. As a corollary, we obtain an optimal upper bound for the additive integrality gap of integer knapsack proble...
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We give an optimal upper bound for the maximum-norm distance from a vertex of a knapsack polyhedron to its nearest feasible lattice point. In a randomised setting, we show that the upper bound can be significantly improved on average. As a corollary, we obtain an optimal upper bound for the additive integrality gap of integer knapsack problems and...
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The support of a vector is the number of nonzero-components. We show that given an integral $m\times n$ matrix $A$, the integer linear optimization problem $\max\left\{\boldsymbol{c}^T\boldsymbol{x} : A\boldsymbol{x} = \boldsymbol{b}, \, \boldsymbol{x}\ge\boldsymbol{0}, \,\boldsymbol{x}\in\mathbb{Z}^n\right\}$ has an optimal solution whose support...
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We obtain optimal lower and upper bounds for the (additive) integrality gaps of integer knapsack problems. In a randomised setting, we show that the integrality gap of a “typical” knapsack problem is drastically smaller than the integrality gap that occurs in a worst case scenario.
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We obtain optimal lower and upper bounds for the (additive) integrality gaps of integer knapsack problems. In a randomised setting, we show that the integrality gap of a "typical" knapsack problem is drastically smaller than the integrality gap that occurs in a worst case scenario.
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We introduce a concept that generalizes several different notions of a “centerpoint” in the literature. We develop an oracle-based algorithm for convex mixed-integer optimization based on centerpoints. Further, we show that algorithms based on centerpoints are “best possible” in a certain sense. Motivated by this, we establish several structural re...
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The intention of this note is two-fold. First, we study integer optimization problems in standard form defined by $A \in\mathbb{Z}^{m\times{}n}$ and present an algorithm to solve such problems in polynomial-time provided that both the largest absolute value of an entry in $A$ and $m$ are constant. Then, this is applied to solve integer programs in...
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We prove a representation theorem of projections of sets of integer points by an integer matrix W. Our result can be seen as a polyhedral analogue of several classical and recent results related to the Frobenius problem. Our result is motivated by a large class of nonlinear integer optimization problems in variable dimension. Concretely, we aim to...
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We extend in two ways the standard Karush–Kuhn–Tucker optimality conditions to problems with a convex objective, convex functional constraints, and the extra requirement that some of the variables must be integral. While the standard Karush–Kuhn–Tucker conditions involve separating hyperplanes, our extension is based on mixed-integer-free polyhedra...
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We study the complexity of computing the mixed-integer hull $\operatorname{conv}(P\cap\mathbb{Z}^n\times\mathbb{R}^d)$ of a polyhedron $P$. Given an inequality description, with one integer variable, the mixed-integer hull can have exponentially many vertices and facets in $d$. For $n,d$ fixed, we give an algorithm to find the mixed integer hull in...
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Minimizing a convex function over the integral points of a bounded convex set is polynomial in fixed dimension Grötschel et al. (1988). We provide an alternative, short, and geometrically motivated proof of this result. In particular, we present an oracle-polynomial algorithm based on a mixed integer linear optimization oracle.
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In this paper, we address the problem of minimizing a convex function f over a convex set, with the extra constraint that some variables must be integer. This problem, even when f is a piecewise linear function, is NP-hard. We study an algorithmic approach to this problem, postponing its hardness to the realization of an oracle. If this oracle can...
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We show that minimizing a convex function over the integer points of a bounded convex set is polynomial in fixed dimension.

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