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Lattice-free gradient polyhedra can be used to certify optimality for mixed integer convex minimization models. We consider how to construct these polyhedra for unconstrained models with two integer variables under the assumption that all level sets are bounded. In this setting, a classic result of Bell, Doignon, and Scarf states the existence of a lattice-free gradient polyhedron with at most four facets. We present an algorithm for creating a sequence of gradient polyhedra, each of which has at most four facets, that finitely converges to a lattice-free gradient polyhedron. Each update requires constantly many gradient evaluations. Our updates imitate the gradient descent algorithm, and consequently, it yields a gradient descent type of algorithm for problems with two integer variables. Show more
Journal / seriesMathematical Programming
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