Bounds on risk-averse mixed-integer multi-stage stochastic programming problems with mean-CVaR
Embargo Lift Date: 2020-04-16
European Journal of Operational Research
595 - 608
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Risk-averse mixed-integer multi-stage stochastic programming forms a class of extremely challenging problems since the problem size grows exponentially with the number of stages, the problem is non-convex due to integrality restrictions, and the objective function is nonlinear in general. We propose a scenario tree decomposition approach, namely group subproblem approach, to obtain bounds for such problems with an objective of dynamic mean conditional value-at-risk (mean-CVaR). Our approach does not require any special problem structure such as convexity and linearity, therefore it can be applied to a wide range of problems. We obtain lower bounds by using different convolution of mean-CVaR risk measures and different scenario partition strategies. The upper bounds are obtained through the use of optimal solutions of group subproblems. Using these lower and upper bounds, we propose a solution algorithm for risk-averse mixed-integer multi-stage stochastic problems with mean-CVaR risk measures. We test the performance of the proposed algorithm on a multi-stage stochastic lot sizing problem and compare different choices of lower bounds and partition strategies. Comparison of the proposed algorithm to a commercial solver revealed that, on the average, the proposed algorithm yields 1.13% stronger bounds. The commercial solver requires additional running time more than a factor of five, on the average, to reach the same optimality gap obtained by the proposed algorithm.
Dynamic measures of risk
Mixed-integer multi-stage stochastic programming