A branch-price-and-cut algorithm for the vehicle routing problem with time windows and multiple deliverymen

We address a variant of the vehicle routing problem with time windows (VRPTW) that includes the decision of how many deliverymen should be assigned to each vehicle. In this variant, the service time at each customer depends on the size of the respective demand and on the number of deliverymen assigned to visit this customer. … Read more

Multistep stochastic mirror descent for risk-averse convex stochastic programs based on extended polyhedral risk measures

We consider risk-averse convex stochastic programs expressed in terms of extended polyhedral risk measures. We derive computable confidence intervals on the optimal value of such stochastic programs using the Robust Stochastic Approximation and the Stochastic Mirror Descent (SMD) algorithms. When the objective functions are uniformly convex, we also propose a multistep extension of the Stochastic … Read more

A relaxed-certificate facial reduction algorithm based on subspace intersection

A “facial reduction”-like regularization algorithm is established for conic optimization problems by relaxing requirements on the reduction certificates. It requires only a linear number of reduction certificates from a constant time-solvable auxiliary problem, but is challenged by representational issues of the exposed reductions. A condition for representability is presented, analyzed for Cartesian product cones, and … Read more

On the Number of Stages in Multistage Stochastic Programs

Multistage stochastic programs are a viable modeling tool for sequential decisions conditional on information revealed at different points in time (stages). However, as the number of stages increases their applicability is soon halted by the curse of dimensionality. A typical, sometimes forced, alternative is to approximate stages by their expected values thus considering fewer stages … Read more

Vehicle Routing with Roaming Delivery Locations

We propose the vehicle routing problem with roaming delivery locations (VRPRDL) to model an innovation in last-mile delivery where a customer’s order is delivered to the trunk of his car. We develop construction and improvement heuristics for the VRPRDL based on two problem-specific techniques: (1) efficiently optimizing the delivery locations for a fixed customer delivery … Read more

On the computation of convex envelopes for bivariate functions through KKT conditions

In this paper we exploit a slight variant of a result previously proved in [11] to define a procedure which delivers the convex envelope of some bivariate functions over polytopes. The procedure is based on the solution of a KKT system and simplifies the derivation of the convex envelope with respect to previously proposed techniques. … Read more

Exact SDP Relaxations with Truncated Moment Matrix for Binary Polynomial Optimization Problems

For binary polynomial optimization problems (POPs) of degree $d$ with $n$ variables, we prove that the $\lceil(n+d-1)/2\rceil$th semidefinite (SDP) relaxation in Lasserre’s hierarchy of the SDP relaxations provides the exact optimal value. If binary POPs involve only even-degree monomials, we show that it can be further reduced to $\lceil(n+d-2)/2\rceil$. This bound on the relaxation order … Read more

The min-cut and vertex separator problem

We consider graph three-partitions with the objective of minimizing the number of edges between the first two partition sets while keeping the size of the third block small. We review most of the existing relaxations for this min-cut problem and focus on a new class of semidefinite relaxations, based on matrices of order $2n$ which … Read more

Quadratic Programs with Hollows

Let $\F$ be a quadratically constrained, possibly nonconvex, bounded set, and let $\E_1, \ldots, \E_l$ denote ellipsoids contained in $\F$ with non-intersecting interiors. We prove that minimizing an arbitrary quadratic $q(\cdot)$ over $\G := \F \setminus \cup_{k=1}^\ell \myint(\E_k)$ is no more difficult than minimizing $q(\cdot)$ over $\F$ in the following sense: if a given semidefinite-programming … Read more