# Gurobi Mex: A MATLAB interface for Gurobi

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Gurobi Mex is a MATLAB interface for Gurobi 2 written by Wotao Yin. It calls Gurobi to solve linear/mixed-integer optimization problems. Gurobi is one of the leading linear and mixed integer programming solvers.

The interface is open source and subject to Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. It is a tool for MATLAB users to quickly call Gurobi, and its source code serves as a start point for those who want to develop a customized MATLAB interface for Gurobi.

Its current version is 1.05 published on Jan 2, 2010.

## Contents |

## Model

min/max c'x subject to Ax [>= / <= / =] b, lb <= x <= ub, x(i) is [continuous / binary / integer / semi-continuous / semi-integer].

## Download, Installation, and Limitations

Download source code and examples

### History

v1.05 Major bug fix: char array of constraint sense has been fixed

v1.04 support writing model to files in various formats such as MPS, REW, LP, ...

v1.03 support log file

v1.02 fixed a memory leak issue

v1.01 update: support output dual solution lambda; allow vartypes to be empty (for all continuous variables).

v1.00 initial version.

### Building Gurobi Mex in MATLAB

#### Under Windows

mex -O -I"<gurobi include path>" gurobi_mex.c "<absolute path and filename of gurobi20.lib>"

For 64-bit MATLAB, please add option "-largeArrayDims".

#### Under Unix

mex -O -I"<gurobi include path>" gurobi_mex.c -L"<gurobi lib path>" -lgurobi20

For 64-bit MATLAB, please add option "-largeArrayDims".

#### Tested platforms

Windows 32-bit and gcc (included in free Mingw/GnuMex); Ubuntu Linux 9.10 64-bit and gcc.

MATLAB's built-in *lcc* cannot link with Gurobi.

Please make sure the dynamic library of Gurobi 2.x is in system path.

## Syntax

x = gurobi_mex(c, objtype, A, b, contypes, lb, ub, vartypes); x = gurobi_mex(c, objtype, A, b, contypes, lb, ub, vartypes, options); [x,val] = gurobi_mex(...); [x,val,flag] = gurobi_mex(...); [x,val,flag,output] = gurobi_mex(...); [x,val,flag,output,lambda] = gurobi_mex(...);

## Input Description

**c**: objective coefficient vector, double.

**objtype**: 1 (minimization) or -1 (maximization).

**A**: constraint coefficient matrix, double, sparse.

**b**: constraint right-hand side vector, double.

**contypes**: constraint types. Char array of '>', '<', '='. Example: '>><=' means the first two constraints have ">= "signs, the third has "<=" sign, and the last is an equality constraint. Warning: '>=' means two constraints instead of one an inequality constraint.

**lb**: variable lower bound vector, double. Empty means 0 lower bound.

**ub**: variable upper bound vector, double. Empty means no (or inf) upper bound.

**vartypes**: variable types. Char array of chars 'C', 'B', 'I', 'S', 'N'. C for continuous; B for binary; I for integer; S for semi-continuous; N for semi-integer. Empty means all variables are continuous. Example: 'CCCCC' stands for five continuous variables. Note that semi-continuous variables are variables that must take a value between their minimum and maximum or zero. Semi-integer variables are similarly defined.

**options**: (optional) structure that may contain one or more of the following fields: (see Gurobi's parameter help for their allowed values. Also, see examples below.)

options.IterationLimit: see Gurobi help options.FeasibilityTol: see Gurobi help options.IntFeasTol: see Gurobi help options.OptimalityTol: see Gurobi help options.LPMethod: see Gurobi help options.Presolve: see Gurobi help options.Display: controls the level of screen output. 0 for no output; 1 for no output unless error; 2 (default) for normal output. options.UseLogfile: this field (no matter what value is assigned to it) lets Gurobi generate a log file. The file name is "gurobi_mex.log" by default. To change the name, modify field LOGFILENAME in the source file. options.WriteToFile: char array; contains the name of the file to which optimization data is written. See Gurobi C-Reference entry GRBwrite for supported formats. This option helps one verify whether the model is correctly passed to Gurobi.

## Output Description

**x**: primal solution vector; empty if Gurobi encounters errors or stops early (in this case, check output flag).

**val**: optimal objective value; empty if Gurobi encounters errors or stops early.

**flag**: value meanings:

1 for not started 2 for optimal 3 for infeasible 4 for infeasible or unbounded 5 for unbounded 6 for objective worse than user-specified cutoff 7 for reaching iteration limit 8 for reaching node limit 9 for reaching time limit 10 for reaching solution limit 11 for user interruption 12 for numerical difficulties

**output**: structure contains the following fields

output.IterCount: number of Simplex iterations output.Runtime: running time in seconds output.ErrorMsg: contains Gurobi error message, if any output.lambda: Lagrange multipliers; DO NOT ask for this output for MIPs.

## Three Examples

### Example 1

#### A linear program (borrowed from MATLAB's linprog help)

min –5 x1 – 4 x2 –6 x3, subject to x1 – x2 + x3 ≤ 20 3 x1 + 2 x2 + 4 x3 ≤ 42 3 x1 + 2 x2 ≤ 30 0 ≤ x1, 0 ≤ x2, 0 ≤ x3.

MATLAB code:

c = [-5; -4; -6]; objtype = 1; A = sparse([1 -1 1; 3 2 4; 3 2 0]); b = [20; 42; 30]; lb = zeros(3,1); % same as lb = []; ub = []; contypes = '<<<'; vtypes = []; % same as vtypes = 'CCC'; empty means 'C...C'

clear opts opts.IterationLimit = 20; opts.FeasibilityTol = 1e-6; opts.IntFeasTol = 1e-5; opts.OptimalityTol = 1e-6; opts.LPMethod = 1; % 0 - primal, 1 - dual opts.Presolve = -1; % -1 - auto, 0 - no, 1 - conserv, 2 - aggressive opts.Display = 1; opts.UseLogfile = []; % as long as opts.UseLogfile exists, a log file is created opts.WriteToFile = 'test_gurobi_mex_LP.mps';

[x,val,exitflag,output,lambda] = gurobi_mex(c,objtype,A,b,contypes,lb,ub,vtypes,opts);

Results:

x' = 0 15 3 val = -78 exitflag = 2 output = IterCount: 2 Runtime: 0 ErrorMsg: [] lambda' = 0 -1.5000 -0.5000 Log file: gurobi_mex.log. MPS file: test_gurobi_mex_LP.mps.

### Example 2

#### Integer program (borrowed from mip1_c.c of Gurobi 2.0)

max x + y + 2z, subject to x + 2 y + 3 z <= 4 x + y >= 1 x, y, z binary.

MATLAB code:

c = [1; 1; 2]; objtype = -1; % 1 for minimize, -1 for maximize A = sparse([1 2 3; 1 1 0]); b = [4; 1]; lb = []; ub = []; contypes = '<>'; vtypes = 'BBB';

clear opts opts.IterationLimit = 20; opts.FeasibilityTol = 1e-6; opts.IntFeasTol = 1e-5; opts.OptimalityTol = 1e-6; opts.LPMethod = 1; % 0 - primal, 1 - dual opts.Presolve = -1; % -1 - auto, 0 - no, 1 - conserv, 2 - aggressive opts.Display = 1; opts.UseLogfile = []; % as long as opts.UseLogfile exists, a log file is created opts.WriteToFile = 'test_gurobi_mex_MIP.mps';

[x,val,exitflag,output] = gurobi_mex(c,objtype,A,b,contypes,lb,ub,vtypes,opts);

Gurobi does not give lambda (Pi, or Lagrange multipliers) for MIPs, without calling modelfix().

Results:

disp('Solution:');disp(x') disp('Optimal obj value:');disp(val) disp('Exit flag:');disp(exitflag) disp('Optimization info:');disp(output)

Solution: 1 0 1 Optimal obj value: 3 Exit flag: 2 Optimization info: IterCount: 0 Runtime: 0 ErrorMsg: [] Log file: gurobi_mex.log. MPS file: test_gurobi_mex_MIP.mps.

### Example 3

A compressive sensing example. See example m-file *test_gurobi_mex_CS.m* in the package.

## Feedback

I would be delighted to hear from you if you find Gurobi Mex useful, or if you have any suggestions, contributions, or bug reports. Please send these to
Wotao Yin (*wotao.yin AT rice.edu*)

## How to cite

Wotao Yin. Software: Gurobi Mex, URL: www.caam.rice.edu/~wy1/gurobi_mex, 2009-2010.

## License

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