A simple Introduction to higher order liftings for binary problems

\(\) A short, simple, and self-contained proof is presented showing that $n$-th lifting for the max-cut-polytope is exact. The proof re-derives the known observations that the max-cut-polytope is the projection of a higher-dimensional regular simplex and that this simplex coincides with the $n$-th semidefinite lifting. An extension to reduce the dimension of higher order liftings … Read more

An extended delayed weighted gradient algorithm for solving strongly convex optimization problems

The recently developed delayed weighted gradient method (DWGM) is competitive with the well-known conjugate gradient (CG) method for the minimization of strictly convex quadratic functions. As well as the CG method, DWGM has some key optimality and orthogonality properties that justify its practical performance. The main difference with the CG method is that, instead of … Read more

A Cubic Regularization of Newton’s Method with Finite-Difference Hessian Approximations

In this paper, we present a version of the Cubic Regularization of Newton’s method for unconstrained nonconvex optimization, in which the Hessian matrices are approximated by forward finite difference Hessians. The regularization parameter of the cubic models and the accuracy of the Hessian approximations are jointly adjusted using a nonmonotone line-search criterion. Assuming that the … Read more

Multi-Mode Capacitated Lot Sizing Problem with Periodic Carbon Emission Constraints

this paper, we study the single item capacitated multi-mode lot sizing problem with periodic carbon emission constraints where the carbon emission constraints define an upper bound for the average emission per product produced in any period. The uncapacitated version of this problem was introduced in Absi et al. (2013) and solved in polynomial time. We … Read more

Effective Scenarios in Multistage Distributionally Robust Optimization with a Focus on Total Variation Distance

We study multistage distributionally robust optimization (DRO) to hedge against ambiguity in quantifying the underlying uncertainty of a problem. Recognizing that not all the realizations and scenario paths might have an “effect” on the optimal value, we investigate the question of how to define and identify critical scenarios for nested multistage DRO problems. Our analysis … Read more

Nonlinear matrix recovery using optimization on the Grassmann manifold

We investigate the problem of recovering a partially observed high-rank matrix whose columns obey a nonlinear structure such as a union of subspaces, an algebraic variety or grouped in clusters. The recovery problem is formulated as the rank minimization of a nonlinear feature map applied to the original matrix, which is then further approximated by … Read more

Sinkhorn Distributionally Robust Optimization

We study distributionally robust optimization (DRO) with Sinkhorn distance—a variant of Wasserstein distance based on entropic regularization. We derive convex programming dual reformulation for general nominal distributions, transport costs, and loss functions. Compared with Wasserstein DRO, our proposed approach offers enhanced computational tractability for a broader class of loss functions, and the worst-case distribution exhibits … Read more

On the generation of Metric TSP instances with a large integrality gap by branch-and-cut.

This paper introduces a computational method for generating metric Travelling Salesperson Problem (TSP) instances having a large integrality gap. The method is based on the solution of an NP-hard problem, called IH-OPT, that takes in input a fractional solution of the Subtour Elimination Problem (SEP) on a TSP instance and compute a TSP instance having … Read more

Stochastic Scheduling of Chemotherapy Appointments Considering Patient Acuity Levels

The uncertainty in infusion durations and non-homogeneous care level needs of patients are the critical factors that lead to difficulties in chemotherapy scheduling. We study the problem of scheduling patient appointments and assigning patients to nurses under uncertainty in infusion durations for a given day. We consider instantaneous nurse workload, represented in terms of total … Read more

Data-Driven Distributionally Preference Robust Optimization Models Based on Random Utility Representation in Multi-Attribute Decision Making

Preference robust optimization (PRO) has recently been studied to deal with utility based decision making problems under ambiguity in the characterization of the decision maker’s (DM) preference. In this paper, we propose a novel PRO modeling paradigm which combines the stochastic utility theory with distributionally robust optimization technique. Based on the stochastic utility theory, our … Read more