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We describe an extension of the classical cutting plane algorithm to tackle the un-constrained minimization of a nonconvex, not necessarily differentiable function of several variables. The method is based on the construction of both a lower and an upper polyhedral approximation to the objective function and it is related to the use of the concept of… (More)

We study a variant of the spanning tree problem where we require that, for a given connected graph, the spanning tree to be found has the minimum number of branch vertices (that is vertices of the tree whose degree is greater than two). We provide four different formulations of the problem and compare different relaxations of them, namely lagrangian… (More)

The Service Allocation Problem (SAP) is a tactical problem arising in the yard management of a container transshipment terminal. The objective is the minimization of the container rehandling operations inside the yard. This study of the SAP was undertaken for the Gioia Tauro port which is located in Italy and is the main hub terminal for container traffic… (More)

We introduce an algorithm to minimize a function of several variables with no convexity nor smoothness assumptions. The main peculiarity of our approach is the use of an the objective function model which is the difference of two piecewise affine convex functions. Bundling and trust region concepts are embedded into the algorithm. Convergence of the… (More)

We present a bundle method for convex nondifferentiable minimization where the model is a piecewise-quadratic convex approximation of the objective function. Unlike standard bundle approaches, the model only needs to support the objective function from below at a properly chosen (small) subset of points, as opposed to everywhere. We provide the convergence… (More)