Totally Unimodular Congestion Games

We investigate a new class of congestion games, called Totally Unimodular Congestion Games, in which the strategies of each player are expressed as binary vectors lying in a polyhedron defined using a totally unimodular constraint matrix and an integer right-hand side. We study both the symmetric and the asymmetric variants of the game. In the … Read more

Estimating Portfolio Loss Probabilities with Optimal Risk Loading Coefficients and Fixed Dependency among Obligors

We consider the problem of measuring risk of a portfolio com- prising loans, bonds, and financial instruments, which is caused by possible default of its obligors. Specifically, we are interested in esti- mating probability that a portfolio incurs large loss over a fixed time horizon. One crucial concern of such problem is how to measure … Read more

An Extended Frank-Wolfe Method with “In-Face” Directions, and its Application to Low-Rank Matrix Completion

We present an extension of the Frank-Wolfe method that is designed to induce near-optimal solutions on low-dimensional faces of the feasible region. We present computational guarantees for the method that trade off efficiency in computing near-optimal solutions with upper bounds on the dimension of minimal faces of iterates. We apply our method to the low-rank … Read more

First and second order optimality conditions for piecewise smooth objective functions

Any piecewise smooth function that is specified by an evaluation procedures involving smooth elemental functions and piecewise linear functions like min and max can be represented in the so-called abs-normal form. By an extension of algorithmic, or automatic differentiation, one can then compute certain first and second order derivative vectors and matrices that represent a … Read more

A note on robust descent in differentiable optimization

In this note, we recall two solutions to alleviate the catastrophic cancellations that occur when comparing function values in descent algorithms. The automatic finite differencing approach (Dussault and Hamelin) was shown useful to trust region and line search variants. The main original contribution is to successfully adapt the line search strategy (Hager and Zhang) for … Read more

An Abstract Model for Branching and its Application to Mixed Integer Programming

The selection of branching variables is a key component of branch-and-bound algorithms for solving Mixed-Integer Programming (MIP) problems since the quality of the selection procedure is likely to have a significant effect on the size of the enumeration tree. State-of-the-art procedures base the selection of variables on their “LP gains”, which is the dual bound … Read more

Relationships between constrained and unconstrained multi-objective optimization and application in location theory

This article deals with constrained multi-objective optimization problems. The main purpose of the article is to investigate relationships between constrained and unconstrained multi-objective optimization problems. Under suitable assumptions (e.g., generalized convexity assumptions) we derive a characterization of the set of (strictly, weakly) efficient solutions of a constrained multi-objective optimization problem using characterizations of the sets … Read more

Free-Floating Bike Sharing: Solving Real-life Large-scale Static Rebalancing Problems

Free-floating bike sharing (FFBS) is an innovative bike sharing model. FFBS saves on start-up cost, in comparison to station-based bike sharing (SBBS), by avoiding construction of expensive docking stations and kiosk machines. FFBS prevents bike theft and offers significant opportunities for smart management by tracking bikes in real-time with built-in GPS. However, like SBBS, the … Read more

A two-level SDDP Solving Strategy with Risk-Averse multivariate reservoir Storage Levels for Long Term power Generation Planning

Power generation planning in large-scale hydrothermal systems is a complex optimization task, specially due to the high uncertainty in the inflows to hydro plants. Since it is impossible to traverse the huge scenario tree of the multi-stage problem, stochastic dual dynamic programming (SDDP) is the leading optimization technique to solve it, originally from an expected-cost … Read more