8 Debugging Tutorials

This collection of tutorials contains basic techniques for debugging optimization problems using tools available in MOSEK: optimizer log, solution summary, infeasibility report, command-line tools. It is intended as a first line of technical help for issues such as: Why do I get solution status unknown and how can I fix it? Why is my model infeasible while it shouldn’t be? Should I change some parameters? Can the model solve faster? etc.

The major steps when debugging a model are always:

  • Enable log output. See Sec. 7.3.1 (Stream logging) for how to do it. In the simplest case:

    Create a log handler function:

        class myStream : mosek.Stream
        {
          public override void streamCB(string msg)
            {
              Console.WriteLine("{0}", msg);
            }
        }
    

    attach it to the log stream:

          task.set_Stream(mosek.streamtype.log, new myStream());
    

    and include solution summary after the call to optimize:

      task.optimize();
      task.solutionsummary(mosek.streamtype.log);
    
  • Run the optimization and analyze the log output, see Sec. 8.1 (Understanding optimizer log). In particular:

    • check if the problem setup (number of constraints/variables etc.) matches your expectation.
    • check solution summary and solution status.
  • Dump the problem to disk if necessary to continue analysis. See Sec. 7.3.3 (Saving a problem to a file).

    • use a human-readable text format, such as *.opf if you want to check the problem structure by hand. Assign names to variables and constraints to make them easier to identify.

                        task.writedata("data.opf");
      
    • use the MOSEK native format *.task.gz when submitting a bug report or support question.

                        task.writedata("data.task.gz");
      
  • Fix problem setup, improve the model, locate infeasibility or adjust parameters, depending on the diagnosis.

See the following sections for details.