Robust Portfolio Selection Problems: A Comprehensive Review

In this paper, we provide a comprehensive review of recent advances in robust portfolio selection problems and their extensions, from both operational research and financial perspectives. A multi-dimensional classification of the models and methods proposed in the literature is presented, based on the types of financial problems, uncertainty sets, robust optimization approaches, and mathematical formulations. … Read more

Robust Vehicle Routing under Uncertainty via Branch-Price-and-Cut

This paper contemplates how branch-price-and-cut solvers can be employed along with the robust optimization paradigm to address parametric uncertainty in the context of vehicle routing problems. In this setting, given postulated uncertainty sets for customer demands and vehicle travel times, one aims to identify a set of cost-effective routes for vehicles to traverse, such that … Read more

Characterizing Linearizable QAPs by the Level-1 Reformulation-Linearization Technique

The quadratic assignment problem (QAP) is an extremely challenging NP-hard combinatorial optimization program. Due to its difficulty, a research emphasis has been to identify special cases that are polynomially solvable. Included within this emphasis are instances which are linearizable; that is, which can be rewritten as a linear assignment problem having the property that the … Read more

Universal Conditional Gradient Sliding for Convex Optimization

In this paper, we present a first-order projection-free method, namely, the universal conditional gradient sliding (UCGS) method, for solving ε-approximate solutions to convex differentiable optimization problems. For objective functions with Hölder continuous gradients, we show that UCGS is able to terminate with ε-solutions with at most O((1/ε)^(2/(1+3v))) gradient evaluations and O((1/ε)^(4/(1+3v))) linear objective optimizations, where … Read more

Further developments of methods for traversing regions of non-convexity in optimization problems

This paper continues to address one of its author’s obsession with the well- known problem of dealing with non-convexity during the minimization of a nonlinear function f(x) by Newton-like methods. It builds on some proposals made by the present authors in “A Comparison of methods for traversing regions of non-convexity in optimization problems”. (Numerical Algorithms … Read more

Robust Price Optimization of Multiple Products under Interval Uncertainties

In this paper, we solve the multiple product price optimization problem under interval uncertainties of the price sensitivity parameters in the demand function. The objective of the price optimization problem is to maximize the overall revenue of the firm where the decision variables are the prices of the products supplied by the firm. We propose … Read more

A Computational Study of Perspective Cuts

The benefits of cutting planes based on the perspective function are well known for many specific classes of mixed-integer nonlinear programs with on/off structures. However, we are not aware of any empirical studies that evaluate their applicability and computational impact over large, heterogeneous test sets in general-purpose solvers. This paper provides a detailed computational study … Read more

Lower Bounds on the Size of General Branch-and-Bound Trees

A \emph{general branch-and-bound tree} is a branch-and-bound tree which is allowed to use general disjunctions of the form $\pi^{\top} x \leq \pi_0 \,\vee\, \pi^{\top}x \geq \pi_0 + 1$, where $\pi$ is an integer vector and $\pi_0$ is an integer scalar, to create child nodes. We construct a packing instance, a set covering instance, and a … Read more

Finite convergence of sum-of-squares hierarchies for the stability number of a graph

We investigate a hierarchy of semidefinite bounds $\vartheta^{(r)}(G)$ for the stability number $\alpha(G)$ of a graph $G$, based on its copositive programming formulation and introduced by de Klerk and Pasechnik [SIAM J. Optim. 12 (2002), pp.875–892], who conjectured convergence to $\alpha(G)$ in $r=\alpha(G) -1$ steps. Even the weaker conjecture claiming finite convergence is still open. … Read more

Marketing Mix Optimization with Practical Constraints

In this paper, we address a variant of the marketing mix optimization (MMO) problem which is commonly encountered in many industries, e.g., retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries. This problem requires the spend for each marketing activity, if adjusted, be changed by a non-negligible degree (minimum change) and also the total number of activities … Read more