Iterative Estimation Maximization for Stochastic Linear and Convex Programs with Conditional-Value-at-Risk Constraints

We present a new algorithm, Iterative Estimation Maximization (IEM), for stochastic linear and convex programs with Conditional-Value-at-Risk (CVaR) constraints. IEM iteratively constructs a sequence of compact-sized linear, or convex, optimization problems, and solves them sequentially to find the optimal solution. The problem size IEM solves in each iteration is unaffected by the size of random samples, which makes it extreme efficient for real-world, large-scale problems. We prove that IEM converges to the true optimal solution, and give a lower bound on the number of samples required to probabilistically satisfy a CVaR constraint. Experiments show that IEM is an order of magnitude faster than the best known algorithm on large problem instances.

By: Pu Huang, Dharmashankar Subramanian

Published in: RC24535 in 2008


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