Fall 2024 - MATH 408 D100

Discrete Optimization (3)

Class Number: 3957

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
    Surrey

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
    Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 308 with a minimum grade of C-.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Model building using integer variables, computer solution, relaxations and lower bounds, heuristics and upper bounds, branch and bound algorithms, cutting plane algorithms, valid inequalities and facets, branch and cut algorithms, Lagrangian duality, column generation of algorithms, heuristics algorithms and analysis. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

Model building using integer, binary and mixed integer variables.  Computer solution of integer programming models, linear programming relaxations, duality, simple upper bounds using greedy algorithms.  Branch and bound algorithms, implicit enumeration, LP based branch and bound.

Valid inequalities, Gomory's fractional cut, mixed integer cuts, strong valid inequalities, simple facets for the 0-1 knapsack polytope and the traveling salesman polytope, branch and cut algorithms.

Lagrangian relaxation, strength of the Lagrangian dual, Lagrangian heuristics.

Column generation algorithm, solving the symmetric traveling salesman problem using column generation.

Greedy and local search algorithms, construction heuristics, worst case analysis of heuristics.

Grading

  • Individual Homework 40%
  • Team Homework 20%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Final 25%

REQUIREMENTS:

This course is delivered in person, on campus. Should public health guidelines recommend limits on in person gatherings, this course may include virtual meetings. As such, all students are recommended to have access to strong and reliable internet, the ability to scan documents (a phone app is acceptable) and access to a webcam and microphone (embedded in a computer is sufficient).

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Integer Programming
Zambelli, G. Conforti, M. and Cornuejols, G.
Springer, 2016

Online access to this text via the SFU library: 

https://sfu-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/1u29dis/TN_springer_s978-3-319-11008-0_326714

The 2014 and the 2016 versions are the same except for the ISBN.
ISBN: 9783319384320

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

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Registrar Notes:

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RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION

Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the term are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.