On the Complexity of Cutting Plane Proofs Using Split Cuts

We prove that cutting-plane proofs which use split cuts have exponential length in the worst case. Split cuts, defined by Cook, Kannan, Schrijver (1993), are known to be equivalent to a number of other classes of cuts, namely mixed-integer rounding (MIR) cuts, Gomory mixed-integer cuts, and disjunctive cuts. Our result thus implies the exponential worst-case complexity of cutting-plane proofs which use the above cuts.

By: Sanjeeb Dash

Published in: RC24082 in 2006


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