A decomposition algorithm for two-stage stochastic programs with nonconvex recourse

In this paper, we have studied a decomposition method for solving a class of nonconvex two-stage stochastic programs, where both the objective and constraints of the second-stage problem are nonlinearly parameterized by the first-stage variable. Due to the failure of the Clarke regularity of the resulting nonconvex recourse function, classical decomposition approaches such as Benders decomposition and (augmented) Lagrangian-based algorithms cannot be directly generalized to solve such models. By exploring an implicitly convex-concave structure of the recourse function, we introduce a novel decomposition framework based on the so-called partial Moreau envelope. The algorithm successively generates strongly convex quadratic approximations of the recourse function based on the solutions of the second-stage convex subproblems and adds them to the first-stage master problem. Convergence under both fixed scenarios and interior samplings is established. Numerical experiments are conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.

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