Using Neural Networks to Guide Data-Driven Operational Decisions

We propose to use Deep Neural Networks to solve data-driven stochastic optimization problems. Given the historical data of the observed covariate, taken decision, and the realized cost in past periods, we train a neural network to predict the objective value as a function of the decision and the covariate. Once trained, for a given covariate, … Read more

Maximum Utility Product Pricing Models and Algorithms Based on Reservation Prices

We consider a revenue management model for pricing a product line with several customer segments under the assumption that customers’ product choices are determined entirely by their reservation prices. We highlight key mathematical properties of the maximum utility model and formulate it as a mixed-integer programming problem, design heuristics and valid cuts. We further present … Read more

Probabilistic Choice Models for Product Pricing using Reservation Prices

We consider revenue management models for pricing a product line with several customer segments, working under the assumption that every customer’s product choice is determined entirely by their reservation price. We model the customer choice behavior by several probabilistic choice models and formulate the problems as mixed-integer programming problems. We study special properties of these … Read more