By Gérard Cornuéjols

This monograph provides new and chic proofs of classical effects and makes tough effects available. The integer programming versions often called set packing and set masking have a large diversity of functions. occasionally, due to the particular constitution of the constraint matrix, the average linear programming leisure yields an optimum answer that's crucial, hence fixing the challenge. occasionally, either the linear programming rest and its twin have vital optimum recommendations. below which stipulations do such integrality stipulations carry? this query is of either theoretical and sensible curiosity. Min-max theorems, polyhedral combinatorics, and graph idea all come jointly during this wealthy region of discrete arithmetic. This monograph provides numerous of those attractive effects because it introduces mathematicians to this lively quarter of examine.

To inspire study at the many interesting open difficulties that stay, Dr. Cornuéjols is providing a $5000 prize to the 1st paper fixing or refuting all of the 18 conjectures defined within the publication. to say one of many prizes pointed out within the preface, papers needs to be authorised by way of a high quality refereed magazine (such as magazine of Combinatorial idea B, Combinatorica, SIAM magazine on Discrete arithmetic, or others to be decided by way of Dr. Cornuéjols) sooner than 2020. Claims has to be despatched to Dr. Cornuéjols at Carnegie Mellon college in the course of his lifetime.

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1 Basic Assumptions In this chapter the Euclidean minisum hypersphere problem is studied which may be described as follows: Dimensions: n ≥ 2, M ≥ 2 Norm: Euclidean norm · := · 2 in Rn Objects: Hyperspheres defined with respect to · 2 Metric: Induced by · 2; d(X,Y ) := Y − X 2 Distance: d(S, Am ) = min{d(Y, Am ) : Y ∈ S}, 1 ≤ m ≤ M Objective: f (S(X, r)) = ∑M m=1 ωm dm (S(X, r)) → min The Euclidean minisum hypersphere problem is discussed by Brimberg et al. [BJS09b] for the two-dimensional case and by Nievergelt [Nie10] for arbitrary dimensions (n ≥ 1).

To this end we choose an arbitrary point Y ∈ S(X, r) and show P − A ≤ Y − A . Again, we distinguish three cases: 1. 1) imply Y − A ≥ X − A − X −Y = X − A − r = P − A . 2. 2) imply Y −A ≥ Y −X − A−X = r− X −A = P−A . 3. 3) implies Y − A ≥ 0 = P− A . 1 the minisum hypersphere problem may be rewritten as M f (S(X, r)) = ∑ ωm | A − X − r| → min . m=1 Beyond that, we can draw some further consequences. 2. Let A, X ∈ Rn . Then the point–hypersphere distance d(S(X, r), A) is convex and piecewise linear in r.

Proof. Let P = S(X, r) ∩ [X, A . Since the points X, A, and P are collinear, the triangle inequality holds with equality in each of the following three cases (cf. 15): • If A is outside the hypersphere, then P lies between A and X. We obtain X − A = X − P + P− A = r + P − A . 1) • If A is inside the hypersphere, then A lies between P and X. We obtain X − A = X − P − P− A = r − P − A . 2) • If A lies on the hypersphere, then A = P and we obtain X − A = X − P = r. 3) P − A = | X − A − r|. Now, we show P − A ≤ d(S(X, r), A).