Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Seminar

Semidefinite Programming Applied to Ordering Problems

Speaker: Franz Rendl, University of Klagenfurt

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Feb. 25, 2011, 10 a.m.


Ordering problems assign weights to each ordering and ask to find an ordering of maximum weight. We consider problems where the cost function is either linear or quadratic. In the first case, there is a given profit if the element $u$ is before $v$ in the ordering. In the second case, the profit depends on whether $u$ is before $v$ and $r$ is before $s$.

The linear ordering problem is well studied, with exact solution methods based on polyhedral relaxations. The quadratic ordering problem does not seem to have attracted similar attention. We present a systematic investigation of semidefinite optimization based relaxations for the quadratic ordering problem, extending and improving existing approaches. We show the efficiency of our relaxations by providing computational experience on a variety of problem classes.

(This is joint work with my doctoral student Philipp Hungerlaender.)