Recoverable Robust Knapsack: the Discrete Scenario Case

Admission control problems have been studied extensively in the past. In a typical setting, resources like bandwidth have to be distributed to the different customers according to their demands maximizing the profit of the company. Yet, in real-world applications those demands are deviating and in order to satisfy their service requirements often a robust approach is chosen wasting benefits for the company. Our model overcomes this problem by allowing a limited recovery of a previously fixed assignment as soon as the data are known by violating at most k service promises and serving up to l new customers. Applying this approaches to the call admission problem on a single link of a telecommunication network leads to a recoverable robust version of the knapsack problem. In this paper, we show that for a fixed number of discrete scenarios this recoverable robust knapsack problem is weakly NP-complete and any such instance can be solved in pseudo-polynomial time by a dynamic program. If the number of discrete scenarios is part of the input, the problem is strongly NP-complete and in special cases not approximable in polynomial time, unless P = NP. Next to its complexity status we were interested in obtaining strong polyhedral descriptions for this problem. We thus generalized the well-known concept of covers to gain valid inequalities for the recoverable robust knapsack polytope. Besides the canonical extension of covers we introduce a second kind of extension exploiting the scenario-based problem structure and producing stronger valid inequalities. Furthermore, we present two extensive computational studies to (i) investigate the influence of parameters k and k to the objective and (ii) evaluate the effectiveness of our new class of valid inequalities.


Technical Report, 018-2010, Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin, 2010.



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