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A Pivoting Algorithm for Convex Hulls and Vertex Enumeration of Arrangements and Polyhedra
, 1992
"... We present a new piv otbased algorithm which can be used with minor modification for the enumeration of the facets of the convex hull of a set of points, or for the enumeration of the vertices of an arrangement or of a convex polyhedron, in arbitrary dimension. The algorithm has the following prope ..."
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We present a new piv otbased algorithm which can be used with minor modification for the enumeration of the facets of the convex hull of a set of points, or for the enumeration of the vertices of an arrangement or of a convex polyhedron, in arbitrary dimension. The algorithm has the following properties: (a) Virtually no additional storage is required beyond the input data; (b) The output list produced is free of duplicates; (c) The algorithm is extremely simple, requires no data structures, and handles all degenerate cases; (d) The running time is output sensitive for nondegenerate inputs; (e) The algorithm is easy to efficiently parallelize. For example, the algorithm finds the v vertices of a polyhedron in R d defined by a nondegenerate system of n inequalities (or dually, the v facets of the convex hull of n points in R d,where each facet contains exactly d given points) in time O(ndv) and O(nd) space. The v vertices in a simple arrangement of n hyperplanes in R d can be found in O(n 2 dv) time and O(nd) space complexity. The algorithm is based on inverting finite pivot algorithms for linear programming.
How good are convex hull algorithms?
, 1996
"... A convex polytope P can be speci ed in two ways: as the convex hull of the vertex set V of P, or as the intersection of the set H of its facetinducing halfspaces. The vertex enumeration problem is to compute V from H. The facet enumeration problem it to compute H from V. These two problems are esse ..."
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A convex polytope P can be speci ed in two ways: as the convex hull of the vertex set V of P, or as the intersection of the set H of its facetinducing halfspaces. The vertex enumeration problem is to compute V from H. The facet enumeration problem it to compute H from V. These two problems are essentially equivalent under point/hyperplane duality. They are among the central computational problems in the theory of polytopes. It is open whether they can be solved in time polynomial in jHj + jVj. In this paper we consider the main known classes of algorithms for solving these problems. We argue that they all have at least one of two weaknesses: inability todealwell with "degeneracies," or, inability tocontrol the sizes of intermediate results. We then introduce families of polytopes that exercise those weaknesses. Roughly speaking, fatlattice or intricate polytopes cause algorithms with bad degeneracy handling to perform badly; dwarfed polytopes cause algorithms with bad intermediate size control to perform badly. We also present computational experience with trying to solve these problem on these hard polytopes, using various implementations of the main algorithms.
Double Description Method Revisited
, 1996
"... . The double description method is a simple and useful algorithm for enumerating all extreme rays of a general polyhedral cone in IR d , despite the fact that we can hardly state any interesting theorems on its time and space complexities. In this paper, we reinvestigate this method, introduce som ..."
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. The double description method is a simple and useful algorithm for enumerating all extreme rays of a general polyhedral cone in IR d , despite the fact that we can hardly state any interesting theorems on its time and space complexities. In this paper, we reinvestigate this method, introduce some new ideas for efficient implementations, and show some empirical results indicating its practicality in solving highly degenerate problems. 1 Introduction A pair (A; R) of real matrices A and R is said to be a double description pair or simply a DD pair if the relationship Ax 0 if and only if x = R for some 0 holds. Clearly, for a pair (A; R) to be a DD pair, it is necessary that the column size of A is equal to the row size of R, say d. The term "double description" was introduced by Motzkin et al. [MRTT53], and it is quite natural in the sense that such a pair contains two different descriptions of the same object. Namely, the set P (A) represented by A as P (A) = fx 2 IR d : Ax...
Quadratic Optimization
, 1995
"... . Quadratic optimization comprises one of the most important areas of nonlinear programming. Numerous problems in real world applications, including problems in planning and scheduling, economies of scale, and engineering design, and control are naturally expressed as quadratic problems. Moreover, t ..."
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. Quadratic optimization comprises one of the most important areas of nonlinear programming. Numerous problems in real world applications, including problems in planning and scheduling, economies of scale, and engineering design, and control are naturally expressed as quadratic problems. Moreover, the quadratic problem is known to be NPhard, which makes this one of the most interesting and challenging class of optimization problems. In this chapter, we review various properties of the quadratic problem, and discuss different techniques for solving various classes of quadratic problems. Some of the more successful algorithms for solving the special cases of bound constrained and large scale quadratic problems are considered. Examples of various applications of quadratic programming are presented. A summary of the available computational results for the algorithms to solve the various classes of problems is presented. Key words: Quadratic optimization, bilinear programming, concave pro...
PrimalDual Methods for Vertex and Facet Enumeration
 Discrete and Computational Geometry
, 1998
"... Every convex polytope can be represented as the intersection of a finite set of halfspaces and as the convex hull of its vertices. Transforming from the halfspace (respectively vertex) to the vertex (respectively halfspace) representation is called vertex enumeration (respectively facet enumeration) ..."
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Every convex polytope can be represented as the intersection of a finite set of halfspaces and as the convex hull of its vertices. Transforming from the halfspace (respectively vertex) to the vertex (respectively halfspace) representation is called vertex enumeration (respectively facet enumeration). An open question is whether there is an algorithm for these two problems (equivalent by geometric duality) that is polynomial in the input size and the output size. In this paper, we extend the known polynomially solvable classes of polytopes by looking at the dual problems. The dual problem of a vertex (facet, respectively) enumeration problem is the facet (vertex) enumeration problem for the same polytope where the input and output are simply interchanged. For a particular class of polytopes and a fixed algorithm, one transformation may be much easier than its dual. In this paper, we propose a new class of algorithms that take advantage of this phenomenon. Loosely speaking, primaldual ...
New Lower Bounds for Convex Hull Problems in Odd Dimensions
 SIAM J. Comput
, 1996
"... We show that in the worst case, Ω(n dd=2e\Gamma1 +n log n) sidedness queries are required to determine whether the convex hull of n points in R^d is simplicial, or to determine the number of convex hull facets. This lower bound matches known upper bounds in any odd dimension. Our result follow ..."
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We show that in the worst case, Ω(n dd=2e\Gamma1 +n log n) sidedness queries are required to determine whether the convex hull of n points in R^d is simplicial, or to determine the number of convex hull facets. This lower bound matches known upper bounds in any odd dimension. Our result follows from a straightforward adversary argument. A key step in the proof is the construction of a quasisimplicial nvertex polytope with Ω(n dd=2e\Gamma1 ) degenerate facets. While it has been known for several years that ddimensional convex hulls can have Ω(n bd=2c ) facets, the previously best lower bound for these problems is only Ω(n log n). Using similar techniques, we also obtain simple and correct proofs of Erickson and Seidel's lower bounds for detecting affine degeneracies in arbitrary dimensions and circular degeneracies in the plane. As a related result, we show that detecting simplicial convex hulls in R^d is ⌈d/2⌉hard, in the in the sense of Gajentaan and Overmars.
Exact volume computation for polytopes: a practical study
 in: Polytopes{combinatorics and computation (Oberwolfach
, 1997
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Generating All Vertices of a Polyhedron Is Hard
 DISCRETE COMPUT GEOM (2008 ) 39 : 174–190 175
, 2008
"... We show that generating all negative cycles of a weighted graph is a hard enumeration problem, in both the directed and undirected cases. More precisely, given a family of negative (directed) cycles, it is an NPcomplete problem to decide whether this family can be extended or there are no other ne ..."
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We show that generating all negative cycles of a weighted graph is a hard enumeration problem, in both the directed and undirected cases. More precisely, given a family of negative (directed) cycles, it is an NPcomplete problem to decide whether this family can be extended or there are no other negative (directed) cycles in the graph, implying that (directed) negative cycles cannot be generated in polynomial output time, unless P = NP. As a corollary, we solve in the negative two wellknown generating problems from linear programming: (i) Given an infeasible system of linear inequalities, generating all minimal infeasible subsystems is hard. Yet, for generating maximal feasible subsystems the complexity remains open. (ii) Given a feasible system of linear inequalities, generating all vertices of the corresponding polyhedron is hard. Yet, in the case of bounded polyhedra the complexity remains
Random walks on the vertices of transportation polytopes with constant number of sources
 Proc. 14th Ann. ACMSIAM Symp. Disc. Alg. (Baltimore, MD) 330–339, ACM
, 2003
"... We consider the problem of uniformly sampling a vertex of a transportation polytope with m sources and n destinations, where m is a constant. We analyse a natural random walk on the edgevertex graph of the polytope. The analysis makes use of the multicommodity flow technique of Sinclair [30] toget ..."
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We consider the problem of uniformly sampling a vertex of a transportation polytope with m sources and n destinations, where m is a constant. We analyse a natural random walk on the edgevertex graph of the polytope. The analysis makes use of the multicommodity flow technique of Sinclair [30] together with ideas developed by Morris and Sinclair [24, 25] for the knapsack problem, and Cryan et al. [3] for contingency tables, to establish that the random walk approaches the uniform distribution in time n O(m2). 1