Solving mixed integer nonlinear programs by outer approximation. (English) Zbl 0833.90088

Summary: A wide range of optimization problems arising from engineering applications can be formulated as mixed integer nonlinear programming problems (MINLPs). M. A. Duran and I. E. Grossmann [Math. Program. 36, 307-339 (1986; Zbl 0619.90052)] suggest an outer approximation scheme for solving a class of MINLPs that are linear in the integer variables by a finite sequence of relaxed MILP master programs and NLP subproblems.
Their idea is generalized by treating nonlinearities in the integer variables directly, which allows a much wider class of problem to be tackled, including the case of pure INLPs. A new and more simple proof of finite termination is given and a rigorous treatment of infeasible NLP subproblems is presented which includes all the common methods for resolving infeasibility in Phase I.
The worst case performance of the outer approximation algorithm is investigated and an example is given for which it visits all integer assignments. This behaviour leads us to include curvature information into the relaxed MILP master problem, giving rise to a new quadratic outer approximation algorithm.
An alternative approach is considered to the difficulties caused by infeasibility in outer approximation, in which exact penalty functions are used to solve the NLP subproblems. It is possible to develop the theory in an elegant way for a large class of nonsmooth MINLPs based on the use of convex composite functions and subdifferentials, although an interpretation for the \(\ell_i\) norm is also given.


90C11 Mixed integer programming
90C30 Nonlinear programming
90C10 Integer programming
49J52 Nonsmooth analysis


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