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A new method of sensitivity analysis for mixed integer/linear programming (MILP) is derived from the idea of inference duality. The inference dual of an optimization problem asks how the optimal value can be deduced from the constraints. In MILP, a deduction based on the resolution method oftheorem proving can be obtained from the branch-and-cut tree that solves the primal problem. One can then investigate which perturbations ofthe problem leave this proof intact. On this basis it is shown that, in a minimization problem, any perturbation that satisfies a certain system of linear inequalities will reduce the optimal value no more than a prespecified amount. One can also give an upper bound on the increase in the optimal value that results from a given perturbation. The method is illustrated on two realistic problems.





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OPERATIONS RESEARCH , 48, 4, 623-634.