## Abstract

For a polytope P, the Chvátal closure P0 P is obtained by simultaneously strengthening all feasible inequalities cx 6 (with integral c) to cx 6 bc. The number of iterations of this procedure that are needed until the integral hull of P is reached is called the Chvátal rank. If P 0; 1=n, then it is known that On2 log n iterations always suffice and at least 1+1e o1n iterations are sometimes needed, leaving a huge gap between lower and upper bounds. We prove that there is a polytope contained in the 0/1 cube that has Chvátal rank n2, closing the gap up to a logarithmic factor. In fact, even a superlinear lower bound was mentioned as an open problem by several authors. Our choice of P is the convex hull of a semi-random Knapsack polytope and a single fractional vertex. The main technical ingredient is linking the Chvátal rank to simultaneous Diophantine approximations w.r.t. the k k1-norm of the normal vector defining P.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 212-220 |

Number of pages | 9 |

Journal | Operations Research |

Volume | 65 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Jan 2017 |

Externally published | Yes |

## Keywords

- Chvátal-gomory cuts
- Integer programming