A general branch-and-bound framework for continuous global multiobjective optimization

Current generalizations of the central ideas of single-objective branch-and-bound to the multiobjective setting do not seem to follow their train of thought all the way. The present paper complements the various suggestions for generalizations of partial lower bounds and of overall upper bounds by general constructions for overall lower bounds from partial lower bounds, and … Read more

An explicit Tikhonov algorithm for nested variational inequalities

We consider nested variational inequalities consisting in a (upper-level) variational inequality whose feasible set is given by the solution set of another (lower-level) variational inequality. Purely hierarchical convex bilevel optimization problems and certain multi-follower games are particular instances of nested variational inequalities. We present an explicit and ready-to-implement Tikhonov-type solution method for such problems. We … Read more

Equilibrium selection for multi-portfolio optimization

This paper studies a Nash game arising in portfolio optimization. We introduce a new general multi-portfolio model and state sufficient conditions for the monotonicity of the underlying Nash game. This property allows us to treat the problem numerically and, for the case of nonunique equilibria, to solve hierarchical problems of equilibrium selection. We also give … Read more

Generating feasible points for mixed-integer convex optimization problems by inner parallel cuts

In this article we introduce an inner parallel cutting plane method (IPCP) to compute good feasible points along with valid cutting planes for mixed-integer convex optimization problems. The method iteratively generates polyhedral outer approximations of an enlarged inner parallel set (EIPS) of the continuously relaxed feasible set. This EIPS possesses the crucial property that any … Read more

Deterministic upper bounds in global minimization with nonlinear equality constraints

We address the problem of deterministically determining upper bounds in continuous non-convex global minimization of box-constrained problems with equality constraints. These upper bounds are important for the termination of spatial branch-and-bound algorithms. Our method is based on the theorem of Miranda which helps to ensure the existence of feasible points in certain boxes. Then, the … Read more

The Standard Pessimistic Bilevel Problem

Pessimistic bilevel optimization problems, as optimistic ones, possess a structure involving three interrelated optimization problems. Moreover, their finite infima are only attained under strong conditions. We address these difficulties within a framework of moderate assumptions and a perturbation approach which allow us to approximate such finite infima arbitrarily well by minimal values of a sequence … Read more

Granularity in nonlinear mixed-integer optimization

We study a deterministic technique to check the existence of feasible points for mixed-integer nonlinear optimization problems which satisfy a structural requirement that we call granularity. We show that solving certain purely continuous optimization problems and rounding their optimal points leads to feasible points of the original mixed-integer problem, as long as the latter is … Read more

A feasible rounding approach for mixed-integer optimization problems

We introduce granularity as a sufficient condition for the consistency of a mixed-integer optimization problem, and show how to exploit it for the computation of feasible points: For optimization problems which are granular, solving certain linear problems and rounding their optimal points always leads to feasible points of the original mixed-integer problem. Thus, the resulting … Read more

A feasible rounding approach for granular optimization problems

We introduce a new technique to generate good feasible points of mixed-integer nonlinear optimization problems. It makes use of the so-called inner parallel set of the relaxed feasible set, which was employed in O. Stein, Error bounds for mixed integer linear optimization problems, Mathematical Programming, Vol. 156 (2016), 101-123, as well as O. Stein, Error … Read more

Coercive polynomials: Stability, order of growth, and Newton polytopes

In this article we introduce a stability concept for the coercivity of multivariate polynomials $f \in \mathbb{R}[x]$. In particular, we consider perturbations of $f$ by polynomials up to the so-called degree of stable coercivity, and we analyze this stability concept in terms of the corresponding Newton polytopes at infinity. For coercive polynomials $f \in \mathbb{R}[x]$ … Read more