Convex Maximization via Adjustable Robust Optimization

Maximizing a convex function over convex constraints is an NP-hard problem in general. We prove that such a problem can be reformulated as an adjustable robust optimization (ARO) problem where each adjustable variable corresponds to a unique constraint of the original problem. We use ARO techniques to obtain approximate solutions to the convex maximization problem. … Read more

Tight tail probability bounds for distribution-free decision making

Chebyshev’s inequality provides an upper bound on the tail probability of a random variable based on its mean and variance. While tight, the inequality has been criticized for only being attained by pathological distributions that abuse the unboundedness of the underlying support and are not considered realistic in many applications. We provide alternative tight lower … Read more

The impact of the existence of multiple adjustable robust solutions

In this note we show that multiple solutions exist for the production-inventory example in the seminal paper on adjustable robust optimization in [2]. All these optimal robust solutions have the same worst-case objective value, but the mean objective values differ up to 21.9% and for individual realizations this difference can be up to 59.4%. We … Read more

Adjustable robust optimization with decision rules based on inexact revealed data

Adjustable robust optimization (ARO) is a technique to solve dynamic (multistage) optimization problems. In ARO, the decision in each stage is a function of the information accumulated from the previous periods on the values of the uncertain parameters. This information, however, is often inaccurate; there is much evidence in the information management literature that even … Read more