Popular Features. New Releases. Description This book provides a comprehensive guide to analyzing and solving optimal design problems in continuous media by means of the so-called sub-relaxation method. Though the underlying ideas are borrowed from other, more classical approaches, here they are used and organized in a novel way, yielding a distinct perspective on how to approach this kind of optimization problems.

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Starting with a discussion of the background motivation, the book broadly explains the sub-relaxation method in general terms, helping readers to grasp, from the very beginning, the driving idea and where the text is heading. In addition to the analytical content of the method, it examines practical issues like optimality and numerical approximation. Though the primary focus is on the development of the method for the conductivity context, the book's final two chapters explore several extensions of the method to other problems, as well as formal proofs.

The text can be used for a graduate course in optimal design, even if the method would require some familiarity with the main analytical issues associated with this type of problems. This can be addressed with the help of the provided bibliography. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 7. Other books in this series.

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Add to basket. Advances in Discretization Methods Giulio Ventura. Back cover copy This book provides a comprehensive guide to analyzing and solving optimal design problems in continuous media by means of the so-called sub-relaxation method.

Table of contents 1 Motivation and framework. Review Text "The book is devoted to the study of optimal design problems The book is very well written, with problems clearly presented; it can provide a good starting point for any researcher who wants to approach the field of optimal design problems, from both the theoretical side and the applied side. The book could also be used as a textbook for master or graduate courses.

## Optimal Design through the Sub-Relaxation Method : Understanding the Basic Principles

Review quote "The book is devoted to the study of optimal design problems Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. Sign up now. The problems most commonly solved by the Gurobi Parallel Mixed Integer Programming solver are of the form:. The integrality constraints allow MIP models to capture the discrete nature of some decisions. For example, a variable whose values are restricted to 0 or 1, called a binary variable, can be used to decide whether or not some action is taken, such as building a warehouse or purchasing a new machine.

Mixed Integer Linear Programming problems are generally solved using a linear-programming based branch-and-bound algorithm. Basic LP-based branch-and-bound can be described as follows. We begin with the original MIP. Not knowing how to solve this problem directly, we remove all of the integrality restrictions.

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We can then solve this LP. If the result happens to satisfy all of the integrality restrictions, even though these were not explicitly imposed, then we have been quite lucky. This solution is an optimal solution of the original MIP, and we can stop. If not, as is usually the case, then the normal procedure is to pick some variable that is restricted to be integer, but whose value in the LP relaxation is fractional.

For the sake of argument, suppose that this variable is x and its value in the LP relaxation is 5. We now apply the same idea to these two MIPs, solving the corresponding LP relaxations and, if necessary, selecting branching variables.

The leaves of the tree are all the nodes from which we have not yet branched. In general, if we reach a point at which we can solve or otherwise dispose of all leaf nodes, then we will have solved the original MIP. To complete our description of LP-based branch-and-bound we need to describe the additional logic that is applied in processing the nodes of the search tree.

Let us assume that our goal is to minimize the objective, and suppose that we have just solved the LP relaxation of some node in the search tree. There are two important steps that we then take. It is not necessary to branch on this node; it is a permanent leaf of the search tree.

Second, we analyze the information provided by the feasible solution we have just found, as follows. At the start of the search, we have no incumbent. If the integer feasible solution that we have just found has a better objective function value than the current incumbent or if we have no incumbent , then we record this solution as the new incumbent, along with its objective function value.

Otherwise, no incumbent update is necessary and we simply proceed with the search. There are two other possibilities that can lead to a node being fathomed.

First, it can happen that the branch that led to the current node added a restriction that made the LP relaxation infeasible. Obviously if this node contains no feasible solution to the LP relaxation, then it contains no integer feasible solution. The second possibility is that an optimal relaxation solution is found, but its objective value is bigger than that of the current incumbent.

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Clearly this node cannot yield a better integral solution and again can be fathomed. There are two additional important values we need to introduce to complete our description of branch-and-bound. First observe that, once we have an incumbent, the objective value for this incumbent, assuming the original MIP is a minimization problem, is a valid upper bound on the optimal solution of the given MIP.

That is, we know that we will never have to accept an integer solution of value higher than this value.

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This bound is obtained by taking the minimum of the optimal objective values of all of the current leaf nodes. When the gap is zero we have demonstrated optimality. The field of mixed integer programming has witnessed remarkable improvements in recent years in the capabilities of MIP algorithms. We now give high-level overviews of these four components. Presolve refers to a collection of problem reductions that are typically applied in advance of the start of the branch-and-bound procedure.

These reductions are intended to reduce the size of the problem and to tighten its formulation. A simple example of a size-reducing transformation is the following. Suppose a given problem contains the following constraints:. In this case we can substitute out these variables, completely removing them from the formulation along with the above four constraints. The list of such possible reductions, of which this is only one, is quite extensive and can have an enormous effect on the overall size of the problem. The above reduction is what we would call an LP-presolve reduction, since its validity does not depend on integrality restrictions.

An example of an MIP-specific reduction is the following. Suppose that x1 and x2 are non-negative integer variables and that our formulation includes a constraint of the following form:. Hence both of these variables and this constraint can be removed from the formulation.