Beyond local optimality conditions: the case of maximizing a convex function

In this paper, we design an algorithm for maximizing a convex function over a convex feasible set. The algorithm consists of two phases: in phase 1 a feasible solution is obtained that is used as an initial starting point in phase 2. In the latter, a biconvex problem equivalent to the original problem is solved … Read more

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

On the relation between concavity cuts and the surrogate dual for convex maximization problems

In this note we establish a relation between two bounds for convex maximization problems, the one based on a concavity cut, and the surrogate dual bound. Both bounds have been known in the literature for a few decades but, to the authors’ knowledge, the relation between them has not been previously observed in the literature. … Read more