The Sample Average Approximation Method for Stochastic Programs with Integer Recourse

This paper develops a solution strategy for two-stage stochastic programs with integer recourse. The proposed methodology relies on approximating the underlying stochastic program via sampling, and solving the approximate problem via a specialized optimization algorithm. We show that the proposed scheme will produce an optimal solution to the true problem with probability approaching one exponentially … Read more

Statistical inference of multistage stochastic programming problems

We discuss in this paper statistical inference of sample average approximations of multistage stochastic programming problems. We show that any random sampling scheme provides a valid statistical lower bound for the optimal value of the true problem. However, in order for such lower bound to be consistent one needs to employ the conditional sampling procedure. … Read more

The Empirical Behavior of Sampling Methods for Stochastic Programming

We investigate the quality of solutions obtained from sample-average approximations to two-stage stochastic linear programs with recourse. We use a recently developed software tool executing on a computational grid to solve many large instances of these problems, allowing us to obtain high-quality solutions and to verify optimality and near-optimality of the computed solutions in various … Read more

The Sample Average Approximation Method Applied to Stochastic Routing Problems: A Computational Study

The sample average approximation (SAA) method is an approach for solving stochastic optimization problems by using Monte Carlo simulation. In this technique the expected objective function of the stochastic problem is approximated by a sample average estimate derived from a random sample. The resulting sample average approximating problem is then solved by deterministic optimization techniques. … Read more

On a new collection of stochastic linear programming testproblems

The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new test problem collection for stochastic linear programming that the authors have recently begun to assemble. While there are existing stochastic programming test problem collections, our new collection has three features that distinguish it from existing collections. First, our collection is web-based with free public access, … Read more

Decomposition Algorithms for Stochastic Programming on a Computational Grid

We describe algorithms for two-stage stochastic linear programming with recourse and their implementation on a grid computing platform. In particular, we examine serial and asynchronous versions of the L-shaped method and a trust-region method. The parallel platform of choice is the dynamic, heterogeneous, opportunistic platform provided by the Condor system. The algorithms are of master-worker … Read more

On Robust Optimization of Two-Stage Systems

Robust optimization extends stochastic programming models by incorporating measures of variability into the objective function. This paper explores robust optimization in the context of two-stage planning systems. First, we propose the use of a generalized Benders decomposition algorithm for solving robust models. Next, we argue that using an arbitrary measure for variability can lead to … Read more

Optimization on Computational Grids

We define the concept of a computational grid, and describe recent work in solving large and complex optimization problems on this type of platform; in particular, integer programming, the quadratic assignment problem, and stochastic programming problems. This article focuses on work conducted in the metaneos project. Citation Preprint, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National … Read more