Piecewise static policies for two-stage adjustable robust linear optimization problems under uncertainty

In this paper, we consider two-stage adjustable robust linear optimization problems under uncertain constraints and study the performance of piecewise static policies. These are a generalization of static policies where we divide the uncertainty set into several pieces and specify a static solution for each piece. We show that in general there is no piecewise … Read more

Distributionally robust inventory control when demand is a martingale

Demand forecasting plays an important role in many inventory control problems. To mitigate the potential harms of model misspecification in this context, various forms of distributionally robust optimization have been applied. Although many of these methodologies suffer from the problem of time-inconsistency, the work of Klabjan, Simchi-Levi and Song [85] established a general time-consistent framework … Read more

Facial Reduction and Partial Polyhedrality

We present FRA-Poly, a facial reduction algorithm (FRA) for conic linear programs that is sensitive to the presence of polyhedral faces in the cone. The main goals of FRA and FRA-Poly are the same, i.e., finding the minimal face containing the feasible region and detecting infeasibility, but FRA-Poly treats polyhedral constraints separately. This idea enables … Read more

ExtraPush for Convex Smooth Decentralized Optimization over Directed Networks

In this note, we extend the existing algorithms Extra and subgradient-push to a new algorithm ExtraPush for convex consensus optimization over a directed network. When the network is stationary, we propose a simplified algorithm called Normalized ExtraPush. These algorithms use a fixed step size like in Extra and accept the column-stochastic mixing matrices like in … Read more

Global Convergence of ADMM in Nonconvex Nonsmooth Optimization

In this paper, we analyze the convergence of the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) for minimizing a nonconvex and possibly nonsmooth objective function, $\phi(x_1,\ldots,x_p,y)$, subject to linear equality constraints that couple $x_1,\ldots,x_p,y$, where $p\ge 1$ is an integer. Our ADMM sequentially updates the primal variables in the order $x_1,\ldots,x_p,y$, followed by updating the dual … Read more

Network Design Problem with Relays

Relays are regenerators extending the reach of optical signals in telecommunication networks; they may be strategic locations where exchange of drivers, trucks or mode of transportation takes place in transportation networks; they may become refuelling/recharging stations extending the reach of alternative fuel vehicles in green transportation. With different names and characteristics, relays play a crucial … Read more

Fixed-charge transportation problems on trees

We consider a class of fixed-charge transportation problems over graphs. We show that this problem is strongly NP-hard, but solvable in pseudo-polynomial time over trees using dynamic programming. We also show that the LP formulation associated to the dynamic program can be obtained from extended formulations of single-node flow polytopes. Given these results, we present … Read more

Valid Inequalities for Separable Concave Constraints with Indicator Variables

We study valid inequalities for optimization models that contain both binary indicator variables and separable concave constraints. These models reduce to a mixed-integer linear program (MILP) when the concave constraints are ignored, or to a nonconvex global optimization problem when the binary restrictions are ignored. In algorithms designed to solve these problems to global optimality, … Read more

Branch and Price for Chance Constrained Bin Packing

This article considers two versions of the stochastic bin packing problem with chance constraints. In the first version, we formulate the problem as a two-stage stochastic integer program that considers item-to-bin allocation decisions in the context of chance constraints on total item size within the bins. Next, we describe a distributionally robust formulation of the … Read more

GasLib – A Library of Gas Network Instances

The development of mathematical simulation and optimization models and algorithms for solving gas transport problems is an active field of research. In order to test and compare these models and algorithms, gas network instances together with demand data are needed. The goal of GasLib is to provide a set of publicly available gas network instances … Read more