An Algorithm for Stochastic Convex-Concave Fractional Programs with Applications to Production Efficiency and Equitable Resource Allocation

We propose an algorithm to solve convex and concave fractional programs and their stochastic counterparts in a common framework. Our approach is based on a novel reformulation that involves differences of square terms in the constraints, and subsequent employment of piecewise-linear approximations of the concave terms. Using the branch-and-bound framework, our algorithm adaptively refines the … Read more

A Finitely Convergent Cutting Plane, and a Bender’s Decomposition Algorithm for Mixed-Integer Convex and Two-Stage Convex Programs using Cutting Planes

We consider a general mixed-integer convex program. We first develop an algorithm for solving this problem, and show its nite convergence. We then develop a finitely convergent decomposition algorithm that separates binary variables from integer and continuous variables. The integer and continuous variables are treated as second stage variables. An oracle for generating a parametric … Read more

Robust Concave Utility Maximization over a Chance-Constraint

This paper, for the first time, studies an expected utility problem with a chance constraint with incomplete information on a decision maker’s utility function. The model maximizes the worst-case expected utility of random outcome over a set of concave functions within a novel ambiguity set while satisfying a chance constraint with a given probability. To … Read more

Distributionally Robust Two-Stage Stochastic Programming

Distributionally robust optimization is a popular modeling paradigm in which the underlying distribution of the random parameters in a stochastic optimization model is unknown. Therefore, hedging against a range of distributions, properly characterized in an ambiguity set, is of interest. We study two-stage stochastic programs with linear recourse in the context of distributional ambiguity, and … Read more

A Model of Supply-Chain Decisions for Resource Sharing with an Application to Ventilator Allocation to Combat COVID-19

We present a stochastic optimization model for allocating and sharing a critical resource in the case of a pandemic. The demand for different entities peaks at different times, and an initial inventory for a central agency is to be allocated. The entities (states) may share the critical resource with a different state under a risk-averse … Read more

A Finitely Convergent Disjunctive Cutting Plane Algorithm for Bilinear Programming

\(\) In this paper we present and analyze a finitely-convergent disjunctive cutting plane algorithm to obtain an \(\epsilon\)-optimal solution or detect infeasibility of a general nonconvex continuous bilinear program. While the cutting planes are obtained in a manner similar to Saxena, Bonami, and Lee [Math. Prog. 130: 359–413, 2011] and Fampa and Lee [J. Global … Read more

Sequential Convexification of a Bilinear Set

We present a sequential convexification procedure to derive, in the limit, a set arbitrary close to the convex hull of $\epsilon$-feasible solutions to a general nonconvex continuous bilinear set. Recognizing that bilinear terms can be represented with a finite number nonlinear nonconvex constraints in the lifted matrix space, our procedure performs a sequential convexification with … Read more

Distributionally Robust Optimization: A Review

The concepts of risk-aversion, chance-constrained optimization, and robust optimization have developed significantly over the last decade. Statistical learning community has also witnessed a rapid theoretical and applied growth by relying on these concepts. A modeling framework, called distributionally robust optimization (DRO), has recently received significant attention in both the operations research and statistical learning communities. … Read more

A Solution Approach to Distributionally Robust Chance-Constrained Assignment Problems

We study assignment problem with chance constraints (CAP) and its distributionally robust counterpart (DR-CAP). We present a technique for estimating big-M in such a formulation that takes advantage of the ambiguity set. We consider a 0-1 bilinear knapsack set to develop valid inequalities for CAP and DR-CAP. This is generalized to the joint chance constraint … Read more

Chance-Constrained Bin Packing Problem with an Application to Operating Room Planning

We study the chance-constrained bin packing problem, with an application to hospital operating room planning. The bin packing problem allocates items of random size that follow a discrete distribution to a set of bins with limited capacity, while minimizing the total cost. The bin capacity constraints are satisfied with a given probability. We investigate a … Read more