Gradient methods exploiting spectral properties

We propose a new stepsize for the gradient method. It is shown that this new stepsize will converge to the reciprocal of the largest eigenvalue of the Hessian, when Dai-Yang’s asymptotic optimal gradient method (Computational Optimization and Applications, 2006, 33(1): 73-88) is applied for minimizing quadratic objective functions. Based on this spectral property, we develop … Read more

A Unified Framework for Sparse Relaxed Regularized Regression: SR3

Regularized regression problems are ubiquitous in statistical modeling, signal processing, and machine learning. Sparse regression in particular has been instrumental in scientific model discovery, including compressed sensing applications, vari- able selection, and high-dimensional analysis. We propose a broad framework for sparse relaxed regularized regression, called SR3. The key idea is to solve a relaxation of … Read more

Geometric insights and proofs on optimal inventory control policies

We develop a unifying framework to prove the existence of optimal policies for a large class of inventory systems. The framework is based on the transformation of the inventory control problem into a game, each round of which corresponds to a single replenishment cycle. By using parametrized optimization methods we show that finding the equilibrium … Read more

A Distributionally Robust Analysis of the Program Evaluation and Review Technique

Traditionally, stochastic project planning problems are modeled using the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT). PERT is an attractive technique that is commonly used in practice as it requires specification of only a few characteristics of the activities’ duration. Moreover, its computational burden is extremely low. Over the years, four main disadvantages of PERT have … Read more

The policy graph decomposition of multistage stochastic optimization problems

We propose the policy graph as a way of formulating multistage stochastic optimization problems. We also propose an extension to the stochastic dual dynamic programming algorithm to solve a class of problems formulated as a policy graph. This class includes discrete-time, infinite horizon, multistage stochastic optimization problems with continuous state and control variables. Article Download … Read more

Deterministic upper bounds in global minimization with nonlinear equality constraints

We address the problem of deterministically determining upper bounds in continuous non-convex global minimization of box-constrained problems with equality constraints. These upper bounds are important for the termination of spatial branch-and-bound algorithms. Our method is based on the theorem of Miranda which helps to ensure the existence of feasible points in certain boxes. Then, the … Read more

Strong Mixed-Integer Formulations for Power System Islanding and Restoration

The Intentional Controlled Islanding (ICI) and the Black Start Allocation (BSA) are two examples of problems in the power systems literature that have been formulated as Mixed Integer Programs (MIPs). A key consideration in both of these problems is that each island must have at least one energized generator. In this paper, we provide three … Read more

Strong mixed-integer programming formulations for trained neural networks

We present strong mixed-integer programming (MIP) formulations for high-dimensional piecewise linear functions that correspond to trained neural networks. These formulations can be used for a number of important tasks, such as verifying that an image classification network is robust to adversarial inputs, or solving decision problems where the objective function is a machine learning model. … Read more

Pattern-based models and a cooperative parallel metaheuristic for high school timetabling problems

High school timetabling problems consist in building periodic timetables for class-teacher meetings considering compulsory and non-compulsory requisites. This family of problems has been widely studied since the 1950s, mostly via mixed-integer programming and metaheuristic techniques. However, the efficient obtention of optimal or near-optimal solutions is still a challenge for many problems of practical size. In … Read more

Nonmonotonicity and Quasiconvexity on Equilibrium Problems

In this note, some results are introduced considering the assumptions of quasiconvexity and nonmonotonicity, finally an application and an idea to solve the quasiconvex equilibrium problem are presented considering these new results. Article Download View Nonmonotonicity and Quasiconvexity on Equilibrium Problems