Subdifferentiability and the Duality Gap

Subdifferentiability and the Duality Gap We point out a connection between sensitivity analysis and the fundamental theorem of linear programming by characterizing when a linear programming problem has no duality gap. The main result is that the value function is subdifferentiable at the primal constraint if and only if there exists an optimal dual solution and there is no duality gap. To illustrate the subtlety of the condition, we extend Kretschmer's gap example to construct (as the value function of a linear programming problem) a convex function which is subdifferentiable at a point but is not continuous there. We also apply the theorem to the continuum version of the assignment model. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Positivity Springer Journals

Subdifferentiability and the Duality Gap

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Mathematics; Fourier Analysis; Operator Theory; Potential Theory; Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control; Optimization; Econometrics
ISSN
1385-1292
eISSN
1572-9281
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1020249022047
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Abstract

We point out a connection between sensitivity analysis and the fundamental theorem of linear programming by characterizing when a linear programming problem has no duality gap. The main result is that the value function is subdifferentiable at the primal constraint if and only if there exists an optimal dual solution and there is no duality gap. To illustrate the subtlety of the condition, we extend Kretschmer's gap example to construct (as the value function of a linear programming problem) a convex function which is subdifferentiable at a point but is not continuous there. We also apply the theorem to the continuum version of the assignment model.

Journal

PositivitySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 12, 2004

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