We consider the following integer feasibility problem: "Given positive integer numbers a 0, a 1,..., a n, with gcd(a 1,..., a n) = 1 and a = (a 1,..., a n), does there exist a nonnegative integer vector x satisfying ax = a 0?" Some instances of this type have been found to be extremely hard to solve by standard methods such as branch-and-bound, even if the number of variables is as small as ten. We observe that not only the sizes of the numbers a 0, a 1,..., a n, but also their structure, have a large impact on the difficulty of the instances. Moreover, we demonstrate that the characteristics that make the instances so difficult to solve by branch-and-bound make the solution of a certain reformulation of the problem almost trivial. We accompany our results by a small computational study.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings 9th IPCO (Cambridge MA, USA, May 27-29, 2002)|
|Editors||W.J. Cook, A.S. Schulz|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science|