libDIPS — Discretization-Based Semi-Infinite and Bilevel Programming Solvers

We consider several hierarchical optimization programs: (generalized) semi-infinite and existence-constrained semi-infinite programs, minmax, and bilevel programs. Multiple adaptive discretization-based algorithms have been published for these program classes in recent decades. However, rigorous numerical performance comparisons between these algorithms are lacking. Indeed, if numerical comparisons are provided at all, they usually compare a small selection of … Read more

Optimality-Based Discretization Methods for the Global Optimization of Nonconvex Semi-Infinite Programs

We use sensitivity analysis to design optimality-based discretization (cutting-plane) methods for the global optimization of nonconvex semi-infinite programs (SIPs). We begin by formulating the optimal discretization of SIPs as a max-min problem and propose variants that are more computationally tractable. We then use parametric sensitivity theory to design an efficient method for solving these max-min … Read more

Semi-Infinite Mixed Binary and Disjunctive Programs: Applications to Set-Covering with Infinite Demand Points and Implicit Hitting Set Problems

Sherali and Adams [Discrete Applied Math. 157: 1319-1333, 2009] derived convex hull of semi-infinite mixed binary linear programs (SIMBLPs) using Reformulation-Linearization Technique (RLT). In this paper, we study semi-infinite disjunctive programs (SIDPs — a generalization of SIMBLPs) and present linear programming equivalent and valid inequalities for them. We utilize these results for deriving a hierarchy … Read more

Semi-Infinite Generalized Disjunctive and Mixed Integer Convex Programs with(out) Uncertainty

In this paper, we introduce semi-infinite generalized disjunctive programs that are defined by logical propositions along with disjunctions of sets of logical equations and infinite number of algebraic inequalities. We denote these programs by SIGDPs. For SIGDPs with linear and convex inequalities, we present new reformulations: semi-infinite mixed-binary/disjunctive linear programs and semi-infinite mixed-binary/disjunctive convex programs, … Read more

Semi-infinite models for equilibrium selection

In their seminal work `A General Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Games’ (The MIT Press, 1988) Harsanyi and Selten introduce the notion of payoff dominance to explain how players select some solution of a Nash equilibrium problem from a set of nonunique equilibria. We formulate this concept for generalized Nash equilibrium problems, relax payoff dominance … Read more

On approximate solutions for robust semi-infinite multi-objective convex symmetric cone optimization

We present approximate solutions for the robust semi-infinite multi-objective convex symmetric cone programming problem. By using the robust optimization approach, we establish an approximate optimality theorem and approximate duality theorems for approximate solutions in convex symmetric cone optimization problem involving infinitely many constraints to be satisfied and multiple objectives to be optimized simultaneously under the … Read more

Recent Advances in Nonconvex Semi-infinite Programming: Applications and Algorithms

The goal of this literature review is to give an update on the recent developments for semi-infinite programs (SIPs), approximately over the last 20 years. An overview of the different solution approaches and the existing algorithms is given. We focus on deterministic algorithms for SIPs which do not make any convexity assumptions. In particular, we … Read more

Optimal Learning for Structured Bandits

We study structured multi-armed bandits, which is the problem of online decision-making under uncertainty in the presence of structural information. In this problem, the decision-maker needs to discover the best course of action despite observing only uncertain rewards over time. The decision- maker is aware of certain structural information regarding the reward distributions and would … Read more

On semi-infinite systems of convex polynomial inequalities and polynomial optimization problems

We consider the semi-infinite system of polynomial inequalities of the form \[ \mathbf{K}:=\{x\in\mathbb{R}^m\mid p(x,y)\ge 0,\ \ \forall y\in S\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n\}, \] where $p(X,Y)$ is a real polynomial in the variables $X$ and the parameters $Y$, the index set $S$ is a basic semialgebraic set in $\mathbb{R}^n$, $-p(X,y)$ is convex in $X$ for every $y\in S$. We … Read more

Volumetric barrier decomposition algorithms for two-stage stochastic linear semi-infinite programming

In this paper, we study the two-stage stochastic linear semi-infinite programming with recourse to handle uncertainty in data defining (deterministic) linear semi-infinite programming. We develop and analyze volumetric barrier decomposition-based interior point methods for solving this class of optimization problems, and present a complexity analysis of the proposed algorithms. We establish our convergence analysis by … Read more