Heuristic methods for noisy derivative-free bound-constrained mixed-integer optimization

This paper discusses MATRS, a new matrix adaptation trust region strategy for solving noisy derivative-free mixed-integer optimization problems with simple bounds.  MATRS repeatedly cycles through five phases, mutation, selection, recombination, trust-region, and mixed-integer in this order. But if in the mutation phase a new best point (point with lowest inexact function value among all evaluated … Read more

The alternating simultaneous Halpern-Lions-Wittmann-Bauschke algorithm for finding the best approximation pair for two disjoint intersections of convex sets

Given two nonempty and disjoint intersections of closed and convex subsets, we look for a best approximation pair relative to them, i.e., a pair of points, one in each intersection, attaining the minimum distance between the disjoint intersections. We propose an iterative process based on projections onto the subsets which generate the intersections. The process … Read more

Numerical Methods for Convex Multistage Stochastic Optimization

\(\) Optimization problems involving sequential decisions in  a  stochastic environment    were studied  in  Stochastic Programming (SP), Stochastic Optimal Control  (SOC) and Markov Decision Processes (MDP). In this paper we mainly concentrate on SP and  SOC modelling   approaches. In these frameworks there are natural situations  when the considered problems are  convex. Classical approach to sequential … Read more

Non-asymptotic superlinear convergence of Nesterov accelerated BFGS

In this paper, we derive the explicit finite time local convergence of Nesterov accelerated the Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (NA-BFGS) under the assumption that the objective function is strongly convex, its gradient is Lipschitz continuous, and its Hessian is Lipschitz continuous at the optimal point. We have shown that the rate of convergence of the NA-BFGS method is … Read more

Hidden convexity, optimization, and algorithms on rotation matrices

\(\) This paper studies hidden convexity properties associated with constrained optimization problems over the set of rotation matrices \(\text{SO}(n)\). Such problems are nonconvex due to the constraint\(X\in\text{SO}(n)\). Nonetheless, we show that certain linear images of \(\text{SO}(n)\) are convex, opening up the possibility for convex optimization algorithms with provable guarantees for these problems. Our main technical … Read more

Jordan automorphisms and derivatives of symmetric cones

Hyperbolicity cones, and in particular symmetric cones, are of great interest in optimization. Renegar showed that every hyperbolicity cone has a family of derivative cones that approximate it. Ito and Lourenço found the automorphisms of those derivatives when the original cone is generated by rank-one elements, as symmetric cones happen to be. We show that … Read more

Data-driven distributionally robust optimization: Intersecting ambiguity sets, performance analysis and tractability

We consider stochastic programs in which the probability distribution of uncertain parameters is unknown and partial information about it can only be captured from limited data. We use distributionally robust optimization (DRO) to model such problems. As opposed to the commonly used approach for DRO problems that suggests creating an ambiguity set by following a specific … Read more

Application of a Gas Market Model with Linear Programming. The Influence of the Dollar Exchange Rate on the Wholesale Price of Natural Gas in Northwest Europe until 2040

The price of natural gas at wholesale markets in Northwest Europe is influenced by numerous parameters. The USD to EUR exchange rate is one of these parameters. Using the LP-based gas market model WEGA, this paper will examine the impact of USD exchange rates on wholesale natural gas prices in Northwest Europe from 2025 to … Read more

An active set method for bound-constrained optimization

In this paper, a class of algorithms is developed for bound-constrained optimization. The new scheme uses the gradient-free line search along bent search paths. Unlike traditional algorithms for bound-constrained optimization, our algorithm ensures that the reduced gradient becomes arbitrarily small. It is also proved that all strongly active variables are found and fixed after finitely … Read more

Algorithms for Cameras View-Frame Placement Problems in the Presence of an Adversary and Distributional Ambiguity

In this paper, we introduce cameras view-frame placement problem (denoted by CFP) in the presence an adversary whose objective is to minimize the maximum coverage by p cameras in response to input provided by n autonomous agents in a remote location. We allow uncertainty in the success of attacks, incomplete information of the probability distribution … Read more