Optimal scenario set partitioning for multistage stochastic programming with the progressive hedging algorithm

In this paper, we propose a new approach to reduce the total running time (RT) of the progressive hedging algorithm (PHA) for solving multistage stochastic programs (MSPs) defined on a scenario tree. Instead of using the conventional scenario decomposition scheme, we apply a multi-scenario decomposition scheme and partition the scenario set in order to minimize … Read more

Formulation and solution strategies for nonparametric nonlinear stochastic programs, with an application in finance

We consider a class of stochastic programming models where the uncertainty is classically represented using parametric distributions families. The parameters are then usually estimated together with the optimal value of the problem. However, misspecification of the underlying random variables often leads to irrealistic results when little is known about their true distributions. We propose to … Read more

A Retrospective Trust-Region Method for Unconstrained Optimization

We introduce a new trust-region method for unconstrained optimization where the radius update is computed using the model information at the current iterate rather than at the preceding one. The update is then performed according to how well the current model retrospectively predicts the value of the objective function at last iterate. Global convergence to … Read more