Asset Allocation under the Basel Accord Risk Measures

Financial institutions are currently required to meet more stringent capital requirements than they were before the recent financial crisis; in particular, the capital requirement for a large bank’s trading book under the Basel 2.5 Accord more than doubles that under the Basel II Accord. The significant increase in capital requirements renders it necessary for banks … Read more

An Alternating Direction Method for Chance-Constrained Optimization Problems with Discrete Distributions

We consider a chance-constrained optimization problem (CCOP), where the random variables follow finite discrete distributions. The problem is in general nonconvex and can be reformulated as a mixed-integer program. By exploiting the special structure of the probabilistic constraint, we propose an alternating direction method for finding suboptimal solutions of CCOP. At each iteration, this method … Read more

Successive Convex Approximations to Cardinality-Constrained Quadratic Programs: A DC Approach

In this paper we consider a cardinality-constrained quadratic program that minimizes a convex quadratic function subject to a cardinality constraint and linear constraints. This class of problems has found many applications, including portfolio selection, subset selection and compressed sensing. We propose a successive convex approximation method for this class of problems in which the cardinality … Read more

Improving the Performance of MIQP Solvers for Quadratic Programs with Cardinality and Minimum Threshold Constraints: A Semidefinite Program Approach

We consider in this paper quadratic programming problems with cardinality and minimum threshold constraints which arise naturally in various real-world applications such as portfolio selection and subset selection in regression. We propose a new semidefinite program (SDP) approach for computing the “best” diagonal decomposition that gives the tightest continuous relaxation of the perspective reformulation. We … Read more

On Duality Gap in Binary Quadratic Programming

We present in this paper new results on the duality gap between the binary quadratic optimization problem and its Lagrangian dual or semidefinite programming relaxation. We first derive a necessary and sufficient condition for the zero duality gap and discuss its relationship with the polynomial solvability of the primal problem. We then characterize the zeroness … Read more