## Robust Solutions To Uncertain Semidefinite Programs (1998)

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Venue: | SIAM J. OPTIMIZATION |

Citations: | 81 - 8 self |

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@ARTICLE{Ghaoui98robustsolutions,

author = {Laurent El Ghaoui and Francois Oustry and Hervé Lebret},

title = {Robust Solutions To Uncertain Semidefinite Programs},

journal = {SIAM J. OPTIMIZATION},

year = {1998},

volume = {9},

number = {1},

pages = {33--52}

}

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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 (worst-case) 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 (Hölder-stable) with respect to the unperturbed problem's data. The approach can thus be used to regularize ill-conditioned SDPs. We illustrate our results with examples taken from linear programming, maximum norm minimization, polynomial interpolation, and integer programming.