Adaptive Distributionally Robust Optimization

We develop a modular and tractable framework for solving an adaptive distributionally robust linear opti- mization problem, where we minimize the worst-case expected cost over an ambiguity set of probability dis- tributions. The adaptive distrbutaionally robust optimization framework caters for dynamic decision making, where decisions can adapt to the uncertain outcomes as they unfold in … Read more

Duality in Two-stage Adaptive Linear Optimization: Faster Computation and Stronger Bounds

In this paper we derive and exploit duality in general two-stage adaptive linear optimization models. The equivalent dualized formulation we derive is again a two-stage adaptive linear optimization model. Therefore, all existing solution approaches for two-stage adaptive models can be used to solve or approximate the dual formulation. The new dualized model differs from the … Read more

From Predictive to Prescriptive Analytics

In this paper, we combine ideas from machine learning (ML) and operations research and management science (OR/MS) in developing a framework, along with specific methods, for using data to prescribe optimal decisions in OR/MS problems. In a departure from other work on data-driven optimization and reflecting our practical experience with the data available in applications … Read more

Multistage Robust Mixed Integer Optimization with Adaptive Partitions

We present a new partition-and-bound method for multistage adaptive mixed integer optimization (AMIO) problems that extends previous work on finite adaptability. The approach analyzes the optimal solution to a static (non-adaptive) version of an AMIO problem to gain insight into which regions of the uncertainty set are restricting the objective function value. We use this … Read more

Data-driven learning in dynamic pricing using adaptive optimization

We consider the pricing problem faced by a retailer endowed with a finite inventory of a product offered over a finite planning horizon in an environment where customers are price-sensitive. The parameters of the product demand curve are fixed but unknown to the seller who only has at his disposal a history of sales data. … Read more

Binary Decision Rules for Multistage Adaptive Mixed-Integer Optimization

Decision rules provide a flexible toolbox for solving the computationally demanding, multistage adaptive optimization problems. There is a plethora of real-valued decision rules that are highly scalable and achieve good quality solutions. On the other hand, existing binary decision rule structures tend to produce good quality solutions at the expense of limited scalability, and are … Read more

Reformulations versus cutting planes for robust optimization: A computational study

Robust optimization (RO) is a tractable method to address uncertainty in optimization problems where uncertain parameters are modeled as belonging to uncertainty sets that are commonly polyhedral or ellipsoidal. The two most frequently described methods in the literature for solving RO problems are reformulation to a deterministic optimization problem or an iterative cutting-plane method. There … Read more

Design of Near Optimal Decision Rules in Multistage Adaptive Mixed-Integer Optimization

In recent years, decision rules have been established as the preferred solution method for addressing computationally demanding, multistage adaptive optimization problems. Despite their success, existing decision rules (a) are typically constrained by their a priori design and (b) do not incorporate in their modeling adaptive binary decisions. To address these problems, we first derive the … Read more

A practicable framework for distributionally robust linear optimization

We developed a modular framework to obtain exact and approximate solutions to a class of linear optimization problems with recourse with the goal to minimize the worst-case expected objective over an ambiguity set of distributions. The ambiguity set is specified by linear and conic quadratic representable expectation constraints and the support set is also linear … Read more

On the Power of Robust Solutions in Two-Stage Stochastic and Adaptive Optimization Problems

We consider a two-stage mixed integer stochastic optimization problem and show that a static robust solution is a good approximation to the fully-adaptable two-stage solution for the stochastic problem under fairly general assumptions on the uncertainty set and the probability distribution. In particular, we show that if the right hand side of the constraints is … Read more