Applications of Mathematics, Vol. 65, No. 6, pp. 777-783, 2020

Optimization problem under two-sided $(\max,+)/(\min,+)$ inequality constraints

Karel Zimmermann

Received January 2, 2020.   Published online September 15, 2020.

Abstract:  $(\max,+)$-linear functions are functions which can be expressed as the maximum of a finite number of linear functions of one variable having the form $f(x_1, \dots, x_h) = \max_j(a_j+ x_j)$, where $a_j$, $j = 1, \dots, h$, are real numbers. Similarly $(\min,+)$-linear functions are defined. We will consider optimization problems in which the set of feasible solutions is the solution set of a finite inequality system, where the inequalities have $(\max,+)$-linear functions of variables $x$ on one side and $(\min,+)$-linear functions of variables $y$ on the other side. Such systems can be applied e.g. to operations research problems in which we need to coordinate or synchronize release and completion times of operations or departure and arrival times of passengers. A motivation example is presented and the proposed solution method is demonstrated on a small numerical example.
Keywords:  nonconvex optimization; $(\max,+)/(\min,+)$-linear functions; OR - arrival-departure coordination
Classification MSC:  90C26, 90C30
DOI:  10.21136/AM.2020.0001-20

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Affiliations:   Karel Zimmermann, Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Applied Mathematics, Malostranské nám. 2/25, 118 00 Praha 1, e-mail:

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