In this paper, we derive deterministic inner approximations for single and joint probabilistic constraints based on classical inequalities from probability theory such as the one-sided Chebyshev inequality, Bernstein inequality, Chernoff inequality and Hoeffding inequality (see Pinter 1989). New assumptions under which the bounds based approximations are convex allowing to solve the problem efficiently are derived. When the convexity condition can not hold, an efficient sequential convex approximation approach is further proposed to solve the approximated problem. Piecewise linear and tangent approximations are also provided for Chernoff and Hoeffding inequalities allowing to reduce the computational complexity of the associated optimization problem. Extensive numerical results on a blend planning problem under uncertainty are finally provided allowing to compare the proposed bounds with the Second Order Cone (SOCP) formulation and Sample Average Approximation (SAA).
Submitted to European Journal of Operational Research on June 9 2020