Exactly solving a Two-level Hierarchical Location Problem with modular node capacities

In many telecommunication networks a given set of client nodes must be served by different sets of facilities, providing different services and having different capabilities, which must be located and dimensioned in the design phase. Network topology must be designed as well, by assigning clients to facilities and facilities to higher level entities, when necessary. … Read more

Implicitely and Densely Discrete Black-Box Optimization Problems

This paper addresses derivative-free optimization problems where the variables lie implicitly in an unknown discrete closed set. The evaluation of the objective function follows a projection onto the discrete set, which is assumed dense rather than sparse. Such a mathematical setting is a rough representation of what is common in many real-life applications where, despite … Read more

The Facility Location Problem with Bernoulli Demands

In this paper we address a discrete capacitated facility location problem in which customers have Bernoulli demands. The problem is formulated as a two-stage stochastic program. The goal is to define an a priori solution for the location of the facilities and for the allocation of customers to the operating facilities that minimize the expected … Read more

An Inventory-Location Model: Formulation, Solution Algorithm and Computational Results

We introduce a new distribution center (DC) location model that incorporates working inventory and safety stock inventory costs at the distribution centers. In addition, the model incorporates transport costs from the suppliers to the DCs that explicitly reflect economies of scale through the use of a fixed cost term. The model is formulated as a … Read more

Generalized Goal Programming: Polynomial Methods and Applications

In this paper we address a general Goal Programming problem with linear objectives, convex constraints, and an arbitrary componentwise nondecreasing norm to aggregate deviations with respect to targets. In particular, classical Linear Goal Programming problems, as well as several models in Location and Regression Analysis are modeled within this framework. In spite of its generality, … Read more