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Table of Contents1. Introduction.- 2. Linear Programming.- 3. Unimodularity and Network Flows. Cutting-Plane Methods.- 4. Branch-and-Bound Methods.- 5. The Knapsack Problem.- 6. Equivalent Formulations for Integer Programs.- 7. Relaxations of Integer Problems. Duality.- 8. Some Particular Integer Programming Problems.- 9. Near-Optimal Methods.- 10. Conclusions.