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We study different extended formulations for the set X = {x [belong] Z exp.n | Ax = Ax exp.0} in order to tackle the feasibility problem for the set X+ = X [intersection] Z+ exp.n . Here the goal is not to find an improved polyhedral relaxation of conv(X+), but rather to reformulate in such a way that the new variables introduced provide good branching directions, and in certain circumstances permit one to deduce rapidly that the instance is infeasible. For the case that A has one row a we analyze the reformulations in more detail. In particular, we determine the integer width of the extended formulations in the direction of the last coordinate, and derive a lower bound on the Frobenius number of a. We also suggest how a decomposition of the vector a can be obtained that will provide a useful extended formulation. Our theoretical results are accompanied by a small computational study. |