In the realm of robust optimization the k-adaptability approach is one promising method to derive approximate solutions for two-stage robust optimization problems. Instead of allowing all possible second-stage decisions, the k-adaptability approach aims at calculating a limited set of k such decisions already in the first-stage before the uncertainty reveals. The parameter k can be adjusted to control the quality of the approximation. However, not much is known on how many solutions k are needed to achieve an optimal solution for the two-stage robust problem. In this work we derive bounds on k which guarantee optimality for general non-linear problems with integer decisions where the uncertainty appears in the objective function or in the constraints. We show that for objective uncertainty the bound is the same as for the linear case and depends linearly on the dimension of the uncertainty, while for constraint uncertainty the dependence can be exponential, still providing the first generic bound for a wide class of problems. The results give new insights on how many solutions are needed for problems as the decision dependent information discovery problem or the capital budgeting problem with constraint uncertainty.

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