An Adaptive Augmented Lagrangian Method for Large-Scale Constrained Optimization

We propose an augmented Lagrangian algorithm for solving large-scale constrained optimization problems. The novel feature of the algorithm is an adaptive update for the penalty parameter motivated by recently proposed techniques for exact penalty methods. This adaptive updating scheme greatly improves the overall performance of the algorithm without sacrificing the strengths of the core augmented … Read more

The Subset Sum Game

In this work we address a game theoretic variant of the Subset Sum problem, in which two decision makers (agents/players) compete for the usage of a common resource represented by a knapsack capacity. Each agent owns a set of integer weighted items and wants to maximize the total weight of its own items included in … Read more

Branch-and-Cut for Complementarity-Constrained Optimization

We report and analyze the results of our computational testing of branch-and-cut for the complementarity-constrained optimization problem (CCOP). Besides the MIP cuts commonly present in commercial optimization software, we used inequalities that explore complementarity constraints. To do so, we generalized two families of cuts proposed earlier by de Farias, Johnson, and Nemhauser that had never … Read more

Differerential Evolution methods based on local searches

In this paper we analyze the behavior of a quite standard Differential Evolution (DE) algorithm applied to the objective function transformed by means of local searches. First some surprising results are presented which concern the application of this method to standard test functions. Later we introduce an application to disk- and to sphere-packing problems, two … Read more

Stochastic Network Design for Disaster Preparedness

We propose a new stochastic modeling approach for a pre-disaster relief network design problem under uncertain demand and transportation capacities. We determine the size and the location of the response facilities and the inventory levels of relief supplies at each facility with the goal of guaranteeing a certain level of network reliability. The overall objective … Read more

Augmented Lagrangian and Alternating Direction Methods for Convex Optimization: A Tutorial and Some Illustrative Computational Results

The alternating direction of multipliers (ADMM) is a form of augmented Lagrangian algorithm that has experienced a renaissance in recent years due to its applicability to optimization problems arising from “big data” and image processing applications, and the relative ease with which it may be implemented in parallel and distributed computational environments. This paper aims … Read more

Exact Solution of the Robust Knapsack Problem

We consider an uncertain variant of the knapsack problem in which the weight of the items is not exactly known in advance, but belongs to a given interval, and an upper bound is imposed on the number of items whose weight di ffers from the expected one. For this problem, we provide a dynamic programming algorithm … Read more

Robust Metric Inequalities for the Γ-Robust Network Loading Problem

In this paper, we consider the network loading problem under demand uncertainties with static routing, i.e, a single routing scheme based on the fraction of the demands has to be determined. We generalize the class of metric inequalities to the Γ-robust setting and show that they yield a formulation in the capacity space. We describe … Read more

Convex hulls of superincreasing knapsacks and lexicographic orderings

We consider bounded integer knapsacks where the weights and variable upper bounds together form a superincreasing sequence. The elements of this superincreasing knapsack are exactly those vectors that are lexicographically smaller than the greedy solution to optimizing over this knapsack. We describe the convex hull of this n-dimensional set with O(n) facets. We also establish … Read more