Opened 3 years ago
Last modified 18 months ago
#19523 new defect
Raise an error when constraints are added to the wrong MILP
Reported by: | jdemeyer | Owned by: | |
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Priority: | major | Milestone: | sage-7.3 |
Component: | linear programming | Keywords: | |
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Description (last modified by )
sage: p = MixedIntegerLinearProgram(solver="glpk") sage: q = MixedIntegerLinearProgram(solver="glpk") sage: q.add_constraint(p[0] <= 1) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- GLPKError Traceback (most recent call last) ... GLPKError: glp_set_mat_row: i = 1; len = 1; invalid row length Error detected in file glpapi01.c at line 760
Before #19525, this would instead crash Sage. A crash still happens with COIN (#20360).
This ticket is to actually fix the error completely or give a better error message.
And low-level error message with the PPL and InteractiveLP (#20296 ) backends.
The CVX backend silently adds a new variable that is accessible only to the backend:.
sage: sage: default_mip_solver("cvxopt") sage: sage: p = MixedIntegerLinearProgram() sage: sage: q = MixedIntegerLinearProgram() sage: sage: q.add_constraint(p[0] <= 1) sage: q.number_of_variables() 1
Change History (18)
comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by
- Dependencies set to #19525
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- Priority changed from critical to major
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Given that p[0]
is just a linear function, it would make the most sense if q.add_constraint(p[0] <= 1)
would simply work, not give an error message.
comment:7 follow-up: ↓ 8 Changed 3 years ago by
No, q has no variables at this point.
comment:8 in reply to: ↑ 7 Changed 3 years ago by
Replying to mkoeppe:
No, q has no variables at this point.
That's exactly my point: the variables should be added by q.add_constraint()
.
comment:9 follow-up: ↓ 10 Changed 3 years ago by
I'm not sure that this would be a good interface. It would allow to add variables, but only variables with default settings (continuous, lower bound 0, no upper bound, no name). I think it's better to raise an error, which could help spot programming mistakes -- at least when there's a dimension mismatch between the two problems. This bound checking should be done by the backends -- see #10232.
comment:10 in reply to: ↑ 9 Changed 3 years ago by
Replying to mkoeppe:
at least when there's a dimension mismatch between the two problems.
No. It should be always an error, or never an error. If it's only an error "when there's a dimension mismatch between the two problems", that will be more confusing than either extreme.
comment:11 Changed 3 years ago by
Then I strongly prefer to always raise an error in this situation. This requires changes to LinearFunction
(a class that is I think only used in the context of MixedIntegerLinearProgram
), so that it remembers the MIP that it relates to.
The mapping from MIP variables (and their indexed components) to integer indices (designating backend columns) is determined dynamically, adding a backend column when a MIP variable component is accessed.
Because of this there's simply no good way to write correct code that interchanges MIP variables between two MixedIntegerLinearProgram
s, or to use LinearFunction
s directly somehow (without referring to the correct MIP's variables).
comment:12 Changed 3 years ago by
- Dependencies changed from #19525 to #19525, #20360
- Description modified (diff)
comment:13 Changed 3 years ago by
- Summary changed from Adding constraints for the wrong MILP crashes Sage to Raise an error when constraints are added to the wrong MILP
Since the crashes are now on separate tickets, I have changed the title of this ticket.
comment:14 Changed 3 years ago by
See also #15159, which raises a similar question when q
started out as a copy of p
.
comment:15 Changed 3 years ago by
A solution could be to change LinearFunctionsParent
etc. so that it not only has remembers the base_ring
but also the MIP.
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- Milestone changed from sage-6.10 to sage-7.3
comment:17 Changed 18 months ago by
- Cc ncohen removed
- Dependencies #19525, #20360 deleted
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comment:18 Changed 18 months ago by
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While
MIPVariable
objects know which MIP they belong to, their "components" gotten byp[0]
etc. are elements ofLinearFunctionsParent(base_ring)
, and do not remember their MIP (nor even their name). So with the current design it does not seem possible to catch the error of adding constraints to the wrong MIP. So unfortunately only lower-level error checking, catching out-of-bounds indices, is possible.