A Review and Comparison of Solvers for Convex MINLP

In this paper, we present a review of deterministic software for solving convex MINLP problems as well as a comprehensive comparison of a large selection of commonly available solvers. As a test set, we have used all MINLP instances classified as convex in the problem library MINLPLib, resulting in a test set of 366 convex … Read more

Bi-objective Simulation Optimization on Integer Lattices using the Epsilon-Constraint Method in a Retrospective Approximation Framework

We consider multi-objective simulation optimization (MOSO) problems on integer lattices, that is, nonlinear optimization problems in which multiple simultaneous objective functions can only be observed with stochastic error, e.g., as output from a Monte Carlo simulation model. The solution to a MOSO problem is the efficient set, which is the set of all feasible decision … Read more

A Column Generation Algorithm for Vehicle Scheduling and Routing Problems

During natural or anthropogenic disasters, humanitarian organizations (HO) are faced with the time sensitive task of sending critical resources from multiple depots to the affected areas that can be scattered across a region. This responsibility includes the quick acquisition of vehicles from the local market and the preparation of pickup and delivery schedules and vehicle … Read more

A lower bound on the iterative complexity of the Harker and Pang globalization technique of the Newton-min algorithm for solving the linear complementarity problem

The plain Newton-min algorithm for solving the linear complementarity problem (LCP) 0 ≤ x ⊥ (Mx+q) ≥ 0 can be viewed as an instance of the plain semismooth Newton method on the equational version min(x,Mx+q) = 0 of the problem. This algorithm converges for any q when M is an M-matrix, but not when it … Read more

The Proximal Alternating Minimization Algorithm for two-block separable convex optimization problems with linear constraints

The Alternating Minimization Algorithm (AMA) has been proposed by Tseng to solve convex programming problems with two-block separable linear constraints and objectives, whereby (at least) one of the components of the latter is assumed to be strongly convex. The fact that one of the subproblems to be solved within the iteration process of AMA does … Read more

An Approximation Algorithm for Vehicle Routing with Compatibility Constraints

We study a multiple-vehicle routing problem with a minimum makespan objective and compatibility constraints. We provide an approximation algorithm and a nearly-matching hardness of approximation result. We also provide computational results on benchmark instances with diverse sizes showing that the proposed algorithm (i) has a good empirical approximation factor, (ii) runs in a short amount … Read more

Multi-Product Newsvendor Problem with Customer-driven Demand Substitution: A Stochastic Integer Program Perspective

This paper studies a multi-product newsvendor problem with customer-driven demand substitution, where each product, once run out of stock, can be proportionally substituted by the others. This problem has been widely studied in the literature, however, due to nonconvexity and intractability, only limited analytical properties have been reported and no efficient approaches have been proposed. … Read more