Exact Algorithms for the Quadratic Linear Ordering Problem

The quadratic linear ordering problem naturally generalizes various optimization problems, such as bipartite crossing minimization or the betweenness problem, which includes linear arrangement. These problems have important applications in, e.g., automatic graph drawing and computational biology. We present a new polyhedral approach to the quadratic linear ordering problem that is based on a linearization of … Read more

Generating set search methods for piecewise smooth problems

We consider a direct search approach for solving nonsmooth minimization problems where the objective function is locally Lipschitz continuous and piecewise continuously differentiable on a finite family of polyhedra. A generating set search method is proposed, which is named “structured” because the structure of the set of nondifferentiability near the current iterate is exploited to … Read more

Improved Approximation Bound for Quadratic Optimization Problems with Orthogonality Constraints

In this paper we consider approximation algorithms for a class of quadratic optimization problems that contain orthogonality constraints, i.e. constraints of the form $X^TX=I$, where $X \in {\mathbb R}^{m \times n}$ is the optimization variable. Such class of problems, which we denote by (QP-OC), is quite general and captures several well–studied problems in the literature … Read more

Sample Average Approximation of Expected Value Constrained Stochastic Programs

We propose a sample average approximation (SAA) method for stochastic programming problems involving an expected value constraint. Such problems arise, for example, in portfolio selection with constraints on conditional value-at-risk (CVaR). Our contributions include an analysis of the convergence rate and a statistical validation scheme for the proposed SAA method. Computational results using a portfolio … Read more

Approximating the Stability Region for Binary Mixed-Integer Programs

We consider optimization problems with some binary variables, where the objective function is linear in these variables. The stability region of a given solution of such a problem is the polyhedral set of objective coefficients for which the solution is optimal. A priori knowledge of this set provides valuable information for sensitivity analysis and re-optimization … Read more

A Minimax Theorem with Applications to Machine Learning, Signal Processing, and Finance

This paper concerns a fractional function of the form $x^Ta/\sqrt{x^TBx}$, where $B$ is positive definite. We consider the game of choosing $x$ from a convex set, to maximize the function, and choosing $(a,B)$ from a convex set, to minimize it. We prove the existence of a saddle point and describe an efficient method, based on … Read more

Multi-Secant Equations, Approximate Invariant Subspaces and Multigrid Optimization

New approximate secant equations are shown to result from the knowledge of (problem dependent) invariant subspace information, which in turn suggests improvements in quasi-Newton methods for unconstrained minimization. It is also shown that this type of information may often be extracted from the multigrid structure of discretized infinite dimensional problems. A new limited-memory BFGS using … Read more

Solving the Prize-collecting Rural Postman Problem

In this work we present an algorithm for solving the Prize-collecting Rural Postman Problem. This problem was recently defined and is a generalization of other arc routing problems like, for instance, the Rural Postman Problem. The main difference is that there are no required edges. Instead, there is a profit function on the edges that … Read more

New Formulations for Optimization Under Stochastic Dominance Constraints

Stochastic dominance constraints allow a decision-maker to manage risk in an optimization setting by requiring their decision to yield a random outcome which stochastically dominates a reference random outcome. We present new integer and linear programming formulations for optimization under first and second-order stochastic dominance constraints, respectively. These formulations are more compact than existing formulations, … Read more

Controlling the dose distribution with gEUD-type constraints within the convex IMRT optimization framework

Radiation therapy is an important modality in treating various cancers. Various treatment planning and delivery technologies have emerged to support Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), creating significant opportunities to advance this type of treatment. We investigate the possibility of including the dose prescription, specified by the DVH, within the convex optimization framework for inverse IMRT … Read more