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The cutting plane method is polynomial for perfect matchings

Chandrasekaran, Karthekeyan, Végh, László A. ORCID: 0000-0003-1152-200X and Vempala, Santosh (2013) The cutting plane method is polynomial for perfect matchings. In: Proceedings of the IEEE 53rd Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (Focs) 2012. IEEE Computer Society, pp. 571-580.

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Identification Number: 10.1109/FOCS.2012.35


The cutting plane approach to optimal matchings has been discussed by several authors over the past decadess, and its rate of convergence has been an open question. We prove that the cutting plane approach using Edmonds’ blossom inequalities converges in polynomial time for the minimum-cost perfect matching problem. Our main insight is an LP-based method to select cutting planes. This cut selection procedure leads to a sequence of intermediate linear programs with a linear number of constraints whose optima are half-integral and supported by a disjoint union of odd cycles and edges. This structural property of the optima is instrumental in finding violated blossom inequalities (cuts) in linear time. Moreover, the number of cycles in the support of the half-integral optima acts as a potential function to show efficient convergence to an integral solution.

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Divisions: Management
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6 - Mathematical Methods and Programming
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 09:57
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:34

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