Results 1  10
of
39
Robust solutions to uncertain linear programs
 OR Letters
, 1999
"... We consider linear programs with uncertain parameters, lying in some prescribed uncertainty set, where part of the variables must be determined before the realization of the uncertain parameters (”nonadjustable variables”), while the other part are variables that can be chosen after the realization ..."
Abstract

Cited by 252 (15 self)
 Add to MetaCart
We consider linear programs with uncertain parameters, lying in some prescribed uncertainty set, where part of the variables must be determined before the realization of the uncertain parameters (”nonadjustable variables”), while the other part are variables that can be chosen after the realization (”adjustable variables”). We extend the Robust Optimization methodology ([1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14]) to this situation by introducing the Adjustable Robust Counterpart (ARC) associated with an LP of the above structure. Often the ARC is significantly less conservative than the usual Robust Counterpart (RC), however, in most cases the ARC is computationally intractable (NPhard). This difficulty is addressed by restricting the adjustable variables to be affine functions of the uncertain data. The ensuing Affinely Adjustable Robust Counterpart (AARC) problem is then shown to be, in certain important cases, equivalent to a tractable optimization problem (typically an LP or a Semidefinite problem), and in other cases, having a tight approximation which is tractable. The AARC approach is illustrated by applying it to a multistage inventory management problem.
Robust discrete optimization and network flows
 Mathematical Programming Series B
, 2003
"... We propose an approach to address data uncertainty for discrete optimization and network flow problems that allows controlling the degree of conservatism of the solution, and is computationally tractable both practically and theoretically. In particular, when both the cost coefficients and the data ..."
Abstract

Cited by 133 (23 self)
 Add to MetaCart
We propose an approach to address data uncertainty for discrete optimization and network flow problems that allows controlling the degree of conservatism of the solution, and is computationally tractable both practically and theoretically. In particular, when both the cost coefficients and the data in the constraints of an integer programming problem are subject to uncertainty, we propose a robust integer programming problem of moderately larger size that allows controlling the degree of conservatism of the solution in terms of probabilistic bounds on constraint violation. When only the cost coefficients are subject to uncertainty and the problem is a 0 − 1 discrete optimization problem on n variables, then we solve the robust counterpart by solving at most n+1 instances of the original problem. Thus, the robust counterpart of a polynomially solvable 0−1 discrete optimization problem remains polynomially solvable. In particular, robust matching, spanning tree, shortest path, matroid intersection, etc. are polynomially solvable. We also show that the robust counterpart of an NPhard αapproximable 0 − 1 discrete optimization problem, remains αapproximable. Finally, we propose an algorithm for robust network flows that solves the robust counterpart by solving a polynomial number of nominal minimum cost flow problems in a modified network.
Robust solutions of Linear Programming problems contaminated with uncertain data
 Mathematical Programming
, 2000
"... Optimal solutions of Linear Programming problems may become severely infeasible if the nominal data is slightly perturbed. We demonstrate this phenomenon by studying 90 LPs from the wellknown NETLIB collection. We then apply the Robust Optimization methodology (BenTal and Nemirovski [13]; El Ghao ..."
Abstract

Cited by 114 (6 self)
 Add to MetaCart
Optimal solutions of Linear Programming problems may become severely infeasible if the nominal data is slightly perturbed. We demonstrate this phenomenon by studying 90 LPs from the wellknown NETLIB collection. We then apply the Robust Optimization methodology (BenTal and Nemirovski [13]; El Ghaoui et al. [5,6]) to produce “robust ” solutions of the above LPs which are in a sense immuned against uncertainty. Surprisingly, for the NETLIB problems these robust solutions nearly lose nothing in optimality. 1
Robust optimization  methodology and applications
, 2002
"... Robust Optimization (RO) is a modeling methodology, combined with computational tools, to process optimization problems in which the data are uncertain and is only known to belong to some uncertainty set. The paper surveys the main results of RO as applied to uncertain linear, conic quadratic and s ..."
Abstract

Cited by 93 (4 self)
 Add to MetaCart
Robust Optimization (RO) is a modeling methodology, combined with computational tools, to process optimization problems in which the data are uncertain and is only known to belong to some uncertainty set. The paper surveys the main results of RO as applied to uncertain linear, conic quadratic and semidefinite programming. For these cases, computationally tractable robust counterparts of uncertain problems are explicitly obtained, or good approximations of these counterparts are proposed, making RO a useful tool for realworld applications. We discuss some of these applications, specifically: antenna design, truss topology design and stability analysis/synthesis in uncertain dynamic systems. We also describe a case study of 90 LPs from the NETLIB collection. The study reveals that the feasibility properties of the usual solutions of real world LPs can be severely affected by small perturbations of the data and that the RO methodology can be successfully used to overcome this phenomenon.
Robust Solutions To Uncertain Semidefinite Programs
 SIAM J. OPTIMIZATION
, 1998
"... In this paper we consider semidefinite programs (SDPs) whose data depend on some unknown but bounded perturbation parameters. We seek "robust" solutions to such programs, that is, solutions which minimize the (worstcase) objective while satisfying the constraints for every possible value ..."
Abstract

Cited by 86 (8 self)
 Add to MetaCart
In this paper we consider semidefinite programs (SDPs) whose data depend on some unknown but bounded perturbation parameters. We seek "robust" solutions to such programs, that is, solutions which minimize the (worstcase) objective while satisfying the constraints for every possible value of parameters within the given bounds. Assuming the data matrices are rational functions of the perturbation parameters, we show how to formulate sufficient conditions for a robust solution to exist as SDPs. When the perturbation is "full," our conditions are necessary and sufficient. In this case, we provide sufficient conditions which guarantee that the robust solution is unique and continuous (Hölderstable) with respect to the unperturbed problem's data. The approach can thus be used to regularize illconditioned SDPs. We illustrate our results with examples taken from linear programming, maximum norm minimization, polynomial interpolation, and integer programming.
On tractable approximations of uncertain linear matrix inequalities affected by interval uncertainty
 SIAM Journal on Optimization
, 2002
"... Abstract. We present efficiently verifiable sufficient conditions for the validity of specific NPhard semiinfinite systems of Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMI’s) arising from LMI’s with uncertain data and demonstrate that these conditions are “tight ” up to an absolute constant factor. In particular ..."
Abstract

Cited by 38 (11 self)
 Add to MetaCart
Abstract. We present efficiently verifiable sufficient conditions for the validity of specific NPhard semiinfinite systems of Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMI’s) arising from LMI’s with uncertain data and demonstrate that these conditions are “tight ” up to an absolute constant factor. In particular, we prove that given an n × n interval matrix Uρ = {A  Aij − A ∗ ij  ≤ ρCij}, one can build a computable lower bound, accurate within the factor π, on the supremum of those ρ for which 2 all instances of Uρ share a common quadratic Lyapunov function. We then obtain a similar result for the problem of Quadratic Lyapunov Stability Synthesis. Finally, we apply our techniques to the problem of maximizing a homogeneous polynomial of degree 3 over the unit cube. Key words. Robust semidefinite optimization, data uncertainty, Lyapunov stability synthesis, relaxations of combinatorial problems AMS subject classifications. 90C05, 90C25, 90C30
Tractable approximations of robust conic optimization problems
, 2006
"... In earlier proposals, the robust counterpart of conic optimization problems exhibits a lateral increase in complexity, i.e., robust linear programming problems (LPs) become second order cone problems (SOCPs), robust SOCPs become semidefinite programming problems (SDPs), and robust SDPs become NPha ..."
Abstract

Cited by 35 (11 self)
 Add to MetaCart
In earlier proposals, the robust counterpart of conic optimization problems exhibits a lateral increase in complexity, i.e., robust linear programming problems (LPs) become second order cone problems (SOCPs), robust SOCPs become semidefinite programming problems (SDPs), and robust SDPs become NPhard. We propose a relaxed robust counterpart for general conic optimization problems that (a) preserves the computational tractability of the nominal problem; specifically the robust conic optimization problem retains its original structure, i.e., robust LPs remain LPs, robust SOCPs remain SOCPs and robust SDPs remain SDPs, and (b) allows us to provide a guarantee on the probability that the robust solution is feasible when the uncertain coefficients obey independent and identically distributed normal distributions.
An introduction to convex optimization for communications and signal processing
 IEEE J. Sel. Areas Commun
, 2006
"... Abstract—Convex optimization methods are widely used in the ..."
Abstract

Cited by 30 (2 self)
 Add to MetaCart
Abstract—Convex optimization methods are widely used in the
Positive Polynomials and Robust Stabilization with FixedOrder Controllers
 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
, 2002
"... Recent results on positive polynomials are used to obtain a convex inner approximation of the stability domain in the space of coe#cients of a polynomial. An application to the design of fixedorder controllers robustly stabilizing a linear system subject to polytopic uncertainty is then proposed ..."
Abstract

Cited by 28 (14 self)
 Add to MetaCart
Recent results on positive polynomials are used to obtain a convex inner approximation of the stability domain in the space of coe#cients of a polynomial. An application to the design of fixedorder controllers robustly stabilizing a linear system subject to polytopic uncertainty is then proposed, based on LMI optimization.