Trade-off studies in blackbox optimization

This paper proposes a framework for trade-off analyses of blackbox constrained optimization problems. Two strategies are developed to show the trade-off of the optimal objective function value with tightening or loosening general constraints. These are a simple method which may be performed immediately after a single optimization and a detailed method performing biobjective optimization on … Read more

Convex duality in stochastic programming and mathematical finance

This paper proposes a general duality framework for the problem of minimizing a convex integral functional over a space of stochastic processes adapted to a given filtration. The framework unifies many well-known duality frameworks from operations research and mathematical finance. The unification allows the extension of some useful techniques from these two fields to a … Read more

On duality gap in linear conic problems

In their paper “Duality of linear conic problems” A. Shapiro and A. Nemirovski considered two possible properties (A) and (B) for dual linear conic problems (P) and (D). The property (A) is “If either (P) or (D) is feasible, then there is no duality gap between (P) and (D)”, while property (B) is “If both … Read more

Non-linear approximations for solving 3D-packing MIP models: a heuristic approach

This article extends a previous work focused on a mixed integer programming (MIP) based heuristic approach, aimed at solving non-standard three-dimensional problems with additional conditions. The paper that follows considers a mixed integer non-linear (MINLP) reformulation of the previous model, to improve the former heuristic, based on linear relaxation. The approach described herewith is addressed, … Read more

A Computational Study of the Cutting Plane Tree Algorithm for General Mixed-Integer Linear Programs

The cutting plane tree (CPT) algorithm provides a finite disjunctive programming procedure to obtain the solution of general mixed-integer linear programs (MILP) with bounded integer variables. In this paper, we present our computational experience with variants of the CPT algorithm. Because the CPT algorithm is based on discovering multi-term disjunctions, this paper is the first … Read more

An Empirical Evaluation of Walk-and-Round Heuristics for Mixed-Integer Linear Programs

Geometric random walks have been proposed and analyzed for solving optimization problems. In this paper we report our computational experience with generating feasible integer solutions of mixed-integer linear programs using geometric random walks, and a random ray approach. A feasibility pump is used to heuristically round the generated points. Computational results on MIPLIB2003 and COR@L … Read more

Parallel solver for semidefinite programming problem having sparse Schur complement matrix

SemiDefinite Programming (SDP) problem is one of the most central problems in mathematical programming. SDP provides a practical computation framework for many research fields. Some applications, however, require solving large-scale SDPs whose size exceeds the capacity of a single processor in terms of computational time and available memory. SDPARA (SemiDefinite Programming Algorithm paRAllel version) developed … Read more

An Effective Branch-and-Bound Algorithm for Convex Quadratic Integer Programming

We present a branch-and-bound algorithm for minimizing a convex quadratic objective function over integer variables subject to convex constraints. In a given node of the enumeration tree, corresponding to the fixing of a subset of the variables, a lower bound is given by the continuous minimum of the restricted objective function. We improve this bound … Read more

Semidefinite Relaxations for Non-Convex Quadratic Mixed-Integer Programming

We present semidefinite relaxations for unconstrained non-convex quadratic mixed-integer optimization problems. These relaxations yield tight bounds and are computationally easy to solve for medium-sized instances, even if some of the variables are integer and unbounded. In this case, the problem contains an infinite number of linear constraints; these constraints are separated dynamically. We use this … Read more

Inexact Bundle Methods for Two-Stage Stochastic Programming

Stochastic programming problems arise in many practical situations. In general, the deterministic equivalents of these problems can be very large and may not be solvable directly by general-purpose optimization approaches. For the particular case of two-stage stochastic programs, we consider decomposition approaches akin to a regularized L-shaped method that can handle inexactness in the subproblem … Read more