, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 199-215

On the facial structure of set packing polyhedra

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In this paper we address ourselves to identifying facets of the set packing polyhedron, i.e., of the convex hull of integer solutions to the set covering problem with equality constraints and/or constraints of the form “⩽”. This is done by using the equivalent node-packing problem derived from the intersection graph associated with the problem under consideration. First, we show that the cliques of the intersection graph provide a first set of facets for the polyhedron in question. Second, it is shown that the cycles without chords of odd length of the intersection graph give rise to a further set of facets. A rather strong geometric property of this set of facets is exhibited.