Robust Efficient Frontier Analysis with a Separable Uncertainty Model

Mean-variance (MV) analysis is often sensitive to model mis-specification or uncertainty, meaning that the MV efficient portfolios constructed with an estimate of the model parameters (i.e., the expected return vector and covariance of asset returns) can give very poor performance for another set of parameters that is similar and statistically hard to distinguish from the … Read more

On Adaptive Multicut Aggregation for Two-Stage Stochastic Linear Programs with Recourse

Outer linearization methods for two-stage stochastic linear programs with recourse, such as the L-shaped algorithm,generally apply a single optimality cut on the nonlinear objective at each major iteration, while the multicut version of the algorithm allows for several cuts to be placed at once. In general, the L-shaped algorithm tends to have more major iterations … Read more

Polymatroids and Mean-Risk Minimization in Discrete Optimization

In financial markets high levels of risk are associated with large returns as well as large losses, whereas with lower levels of risk, the potential for either return or loss is small. Therefore, risk management is fundamentally concerned with finding an optimal trade-off between risk and return matching an investor’s risk tolerance. Managing risk is … Read more

Lifting for Conic Mixed-Integer Programming

Lifting is a procedure for deriving valid inequalities for mixed-integer sets from valid inequalities for suitable restrictions of those sets. Lifting has been shown to be very effective in developing strong valid inequalities for linear integer programming and it has been successfully used to solve such problems with branch-and-cut algorithms. Here we generalize the theory … Read more

Mingling: Mixed-Integer Rounding with Bounds

Mixed-integer rounding (MIR) is a simple, yet powerful procedure for generating valid inequalities for mixed-integer programs. When used as cutting planes, MIR inequalities are very effective for problems with unbounded integer variables. For problems with bounded integer variables, however, cutting planes based on lifting techniques appear to be more effective. This is not surprising as … Read more

A First-Order Interior-Point Method for Linearly Constrained Smooth Optimization

We propose a first-order interior-point method for linearly constrained smooth optimization that unifies and extends first-order affine-scaling method and replicator dynamics method for standard quadratic programming. Global convergence and, in the case of quadratic programs, (sub)linear convergence rate and iterate convergence results are derived. Numerical experience on simplex constrained problems with 1000 variables is reported. … Read more

Multi-Standard Quadratic Optimization Problems

A Standard Quadratic Optimization Problem (StQP) consists of maximizing a (possibly indefinite) quadratic form over the standard simplex. Likewise, in a multi-StQP we have to maximize a (possibly indefinite) quadratic form over the cartesian product of several standard simplices (of possibly different dimensions). Two converging monotone interior point methods are established. Further, we prove an … Read more

Solving chance-constrained combinatorial problems to optimality

The aim of this paper is to provide new efficient methods for solving general chance-constrained integer linear programs to optimality. Valid linear inequalities are given for these problems. They are proved to characterize properly the set of solutions. They are based on a specific scenario, whose definition impacts strongly on the quality of the linear … Read more

Dissimilarity Measures for Population-Based Global Optimization Algorithms

Very hard optimization problems, i.e., problems with a large number of variables and local minima, have been effectively attacked with algorithms which mix local searches with heuristic procedures in order to widely explore the search space. A Population Based Approach based on a Monotonic Basin Hopping optimization algorithm has turned out to be very effective … Read more

Iterative methods for finding a trust-region step

We consider the problem of finding an approximate minimizer of a general quadratic function subject to a two-norm constraint. The Steihaug-Toint method minimizes the quadratic over a sequence of expanding subspaces until the iterates either converge to an interior point or cross the constraint boundary. The benefit of this approach is that an approximate solution … Read more