Solving Linear Programs with Fast Online Learning Algorithms

Published: 24 Apr 2023, Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023ICML 2023 PosterEveryoneRevisions
Abstract: This paper presents fast first-order methods for solving linear programs (LPs) approximately. We adapt online linear programming algorithms to offline LPs and obtain algorithms that avoid any matrix multiplication. We also introduce a variable-duplication technique that copies each variable $K$ times and reduces the optimality gap and constraint violation by a factor of $\sqrt{K}$. Furthermore, we show how online algorithms can be effectively integrated into sifting, a column generation scheme for large-scale LPs. Numerical experiments demonstrate that our methods can serve as either an approximate direct solver, or an initialization subroutine for exact LP solving.
Submission Number: 2758