Friday, March 12, 2021

Friday, March 12, 2021 — 3:30 PM EST

Title: An approximate solution to a 2,079,471-point traveling salesman problem

Speaker: Bill Cook Affliation: University of Waterloo Zoom: Please email Emma Watson

Abstract:

Together with Keld Helsguan, we have found a TSP tour through the 3D positions of 2,079,471 stars. We discuss how linear programming allows us to prove the tour is at most a factor of 0.0000074 longer than an optimal solution. The talk will focus on the use of minimum cuts and GF(2) linear systems, to drive the cutting-plane method towards strong LP relaxations.

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