Stochastic Dual Dynamic Programming for Multistage Stochastic Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Optimization

In this paper, we study multistage stochastic mixed-integer nonlinear programs (MS-MINLP). This general class of problems encompasses, as important special cases, multistage stochastic convex optimization with \emph{non-Lipschitz-continuous} value functions and multistage stochastic mixed-integer linear optimization. We develop stochastic dual dynamic programming (SDDP) type algorithms with nested decomposition, deterministic sampling, and stochastic sampling. The key ingredient is a new type of cuts based on generalized conjugacy. Several interesting classes of MS-MINLP are identified, where the new algorithms are guaranteed to obtain the global optimum without the assumption of complete recourse. This significantly generalizes the classic nested Benders decomposition, SDDP, and SDDiP algorithms. We also characterize the iteration complexity of the proposed algorithms. In particular, for a $(T+1)$-stage stochastic MINLP with $d$-dimensional state spaces, to obtain an $\epsilon$-optimal root node solution, we prove that the number of iterations of the proposed deterministic sampling algorithm is upper bounded by $\mathcal{O}((\frac{2T}{\epsilon})^d)$, and is lower bounded by $\mathcal{O}((\frac{T}{2\epsilon})^d)$ for the nonconvex case or by $\mathcal{O}((\frac{T}{8\epsilon})^{d/2-1})$ for the convex case. This shows that the obtained complexity bounds are rather sharp. It also reveals that the iteration complexity depends \emph{polynomially} on the number of stages. We further show that the iteration complexity depends \emph{linearly} on $T$, if all the state spaces are finite sets, or if we seek an $(T\epsilon)$-optimal solution when the state spaces are infinite sets, i.e. allowing the optimality gap to scale with $T$. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work that reports global optimization algorithms as well as iteration complexity results for solving such a large class of multistage stochastic programs. The iteration complexity study resolves a conjecture by the late Prof. Shabbir Ahmed.


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