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We investigate the matching and perfect matching polytopes of hypergraphs having a special structure, which we call partitioned hypergraphs. We show that the integrality gap of the standard LP-relaxation is at most $2\sqrt{d}$ for partitioned hypergraphs with parts of size $\leq d$. Furthermore, we show that this bound cannot be improved to $\mathcal{O}(d^{0.5-\epsilon})$.

In this thesis we investigate the hyperassignment problem with a special focus on
connections to the theory of hypergraphs, in particular balanced and normal hyper-
graphs, as well as its relation to the Stable Set Problem.
The main point is the investigation of the matching and perfect matching polytope for partitioned hypergraphs. Therefore, valid inequalities, facets,
and the dimension of some polytopes are given. Furthermore, we show that the trivial LP-relaxation of the Hyperassignment Problem obtained by relaxing x_i ∈ {0, 1}
by 0 ≤ x_i ≤ 1 has an arbitrarily large integrality gap, even after adding all clique inequalities. Whereas the integrality gap of the trivial LP-relaxation of the maximum weight
matching problem for partitioned hypergraphs with maximum part size M is at most
2M − 1.
Additionally, computational results for small partitioned hypergraphs of part size
two are presented. Using symmetry it was possible to calculate all minimal fractional vertices
of the fractional perfect matching polytope of partitioned hypergraphs with part size
two having at most twelve vertices.

We prove characterizations of the existence of perfect f-matchings in uniform mengerian and perfect hypergraphs. Moreover, we investigate the f-factor problem in balanced hypergraphs. For uniform balanced hypergraphs we prove two existence theorems with purely combinatorial arguments, whereas for non-uniform balanced hypergraphs we show that the f-factor problem is NP-hard.

In this paper, we present a new, optimization-based method to exhibit cyclic behavior in non-reversible stochastic processes. While our method is general, it is strongly motivated by discrete simulations of ordinary differential equations representing non-reversible biological processes, in particular molecular simulations. Here, the discrete time steps of the simulation are often very small compared to the time scale of interest, i.e., of the whole process. In this setting, the detection of a global cyclic behavior of the process becomes difficult because transitions between individual states may appear almost reversible on the small time scale of the simulation. We address this difficulty using a mixed-integer programming model that allows us to compute a cycle of clusters with maximum net flow, i.e., large forward and small backward probability. For a synthetic genetic regulatory network consisting of a ring-oscillator with three genes, we show that this approach can detect the most productive overall cycle, outperforming classical spectral analysis methods. Our method applies to general non-equilibrium steady state systems such as catalytic reactions, for which the objective value computes the effectiveness of the catalyst.

We investigate the relation between Hall’s theorem and Kőnig’s theorem in graphs and hypergraphs. In particular, we characterize the graphs satisfying a deficiency version of Hall’s theorem, thereby showing that this class strictly contains all Kőnig–Egerváry graphs. Furthermore, we give a generalization of Hall’s theorem to normal hypergraphs.

The perfect matching polytope, i.e. the convex hull of (incidence vectors of) perfect matchings of a graph is used in many combinatorial algorithms. Kotzig, Lovász and Plummer developed a decomposition theory for graphs with perfect matchings and their corresponding polytopes known as the tight cut decomposition which breaks down every graph into a number of indecomposable graphs, so called bricks. For many properties that are of interest on graphs with perfect matchings, including the description of the perfect matching polytope, it suffices to consider these bricks. A key result by Lovász on the tight cut decomposition is that the list of bricks obtained is the same independent of the choice of tight cuts made during the tight cut decomposition procedure. This implies that finding a tight cut decomposition is polynomial time equivalent to finding a single tight cut.
We generalise the notions of a tight cut, a tight cut contraction and a tight cut decomposition to hypergraphs. By providing an example, we show that the outcome of the tight cut decomposition on general hypergraphs is no longer unique. However, we are able to prove that the uniqueness of the tight cut decomposition is preserved on a slight generalisation of uniform hypergraphs. Moreover, we show how the tight cut decomposition leads to a decomposition of the perfect matching polytope of uniformable hypergraphs and that the recognition problem for tight cuts in uniformable hypergraphs is polynomial time solvable.