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The allocation of surgeries to operating rooms (ORs) is a challenging combinatorial optimization problem. There is also significant uncertainty in the duration of surgical procedures, which further complicates assignment decisions. In this article, we present stochastic optimization models for the assignment of surgeries to ORs on a given day of surgery.(More)
We present and study a mixed integer programming model that arises as a sub-structure in many industrial applications. This model provides a relaxation of various capacitated production planning problems, more general fixed charge network flow problems, and other structured mixed integer programs. After distinguishing the general case, which is N P–hard,(More)
Instances of the multi–item capacitated lot–sizing problem with setup times (MCL) often appear in practice, either in standard form or with additional constraints , but they have generally been difficult to solve to optimality. In MCL demand for multiple items must be met over a time horizon, items compete for a shared capacity, and each setup uses up some(More)
We study a special case of a structured mixed integer programming model that arises in production planning. For the most general case of the model, called PI, we have earlier identified three families of facet–defining valid inequalities: (l, S) inequalities (introduced for the uncapacitated lot–sizing problem by Barany, Van Roy, and Wolsey), cover(More)
We study the polyhedral structure of simple mixed integer sets that generalize the two variable set {(s, z) ∈ IR 1 + × Z Z 1 : s ≥ b − z}. These sets form basic building blocks that can be used to derive tight formulations for more complicated mixed integer programs. For four such sets we give a complete description by valid inequalities and/or an integral(More)
Multi-level production planning problems in which multiple items compete for the same resources frequently occur in practice, yet remain daunting in their difficulty to solve. In this paper we propose a heuristic framework that can generate high quality feasible solutions quickly for various kinds of lot-sizing problems. In addition, unlike many other(More)
We consider the single item capacitated lot–sizing problem, a well-known production planning model that often arises in practical applications, and derive new classes of valid inequalities for it. We first derive new, easily computable valid inequalities for the continuous 0–1 knapsack problem, which has been introduced recently and has been shown to(More)
Despite the significant attention they have drawn, big bucket lot-sizing problems remain notoriously difficult to solve. Previous work of Akartunalı and Miller (2012) presented results (computational and theoretical) indicating that what makes these problems difficult are the embedded single-machine, single-level, multi-period submodels. We therefore(More)
Mountaintop mining and valley fill (MTM/VF) coal extraction, practiced in the Central Appalachian region, represents a dramatic landscape-scale disturbance. MTM operations remove as much as 300 m of rock, soil, and vegetation from ridge tops to access deep coal seams and much of this material is placed in adjacent headwater streams altering landcover,(More)