By Prof. Dr. Josef Stoer, Dr. Christoph Witzgall (auth.)

Dantzig's improvement of linear programming into essentially the most appropriate optimization innovations has unfold curiosity within the algebra of linear inequalities, the geometry of polyhedra, the topology of convex units, and the research of convex capabilities. it's the aim of this quantity to supply a synopsis of those issues, and thereby the theoretical again floor for the mathematics of convex optimization to be taken care of in a sub sequent quantity. The exposition of every bankruptcy is largely autonomous, and makes an attempt to mirror a particular form of mathematical reasoning. The emphasis lies on linear and convex duality thought, as initiated through Gale, Kuhn and Tucker, Fenchel, and v. Neumann, since it represents the theoretical improvement whose influence on smooth optimi zation strategies has been the main reported. Chapters five and six are dedicated to attribute elements of duality thought: conjugate capabilities or polarity at the one hand, and saddle issues at the different. The Farkas lemma on linear inequalities and its generalizations, Motzkin's description of polyhedra, Minkowski's assisting aircraft theorem are integral basic instruments that are contained in chapters 1, 2 and three, respectively. The remedy of extremal houses of polyhedra in addition to of normal convex units relies at the some distance achieving paintings of Klee. bankruptcy 2 terminates with an outline of Gale diagrams, a lately constructed profitable approach for exploring polyhedral structures.

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That is, this definition depends on the representation of a polyhedron by an inequality system. However, we shall see in the next section that this dependence is not an actual one. 9) boundary points and inner points of a polyhedron depending on whether they belong to a proper face or not. Inner points satisfy every nonsingular inequality as a strict inequality. Inner points need not be interior points of a polyhedron P ~ R" with respect to the euclidean topology of R". ,lip by the euclidean topology (compare chapter 3).

For every set S c;: R". 10) L 1. = LP is true of every subspace L c;: RII. 8. Polyhedral Cones 55 for arbitary S~W. SP"2Sl. =5fS. Hence 5f(SPP) ~ 5f S. On the other hand, 5f(SPP) "2 5f S since SPP"2 S. 8. 1 ) polyhedral cone. Clearly, the solution set of a homogeneous system of inequalities ATX~O is a polyhedral cone. 2) every polyhedral cone is the solution set ()f a homogeneous system of inequalities. Proof Assume that C:= {X I AT X ~B} is a cone. Since every cone contains the origin 0, we must have B ~ O.

A feasible solution of a linear program is optimal if and only if there exists a feasible solution of the dual program such that both solutions assign the same wlue to their respective objective functions. 6), respectively. Then is necessary and sufficient for X and U to be optimal. But the scalar product of two nonnegative vectors vanishes if and only if at least one of each two corresponding components vanishes. Hence every pair of optimal solutions X, U satisfies the following (1. 16) Complementary Slackness Conditions.