Approximation Algorithms for Reliable Stochastic Combinatorial Optimization

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Approximation Algorithms for Reliable Stochastic Combinatorial Optimization
We consider optimization problems that can be formulated as minimizing the cost of a feasible solution wT x over an arbitrary combinatorial feasible set F {0, 1}n . For these problems we describe a broad class of corresponding stochastic problems where the cost vector W has independent random components, unknown at the time of solution. A natural and important objective that incorporates risk in this stochastic setting is to look for a feasible solution whose stochastic cost has a small tail or a small convex combination of mean and standard deviation. Our models can be equivalently reformulated as nonconvex programs for which no efficient algorithms are known. In this paper, we make progress on these hard problems. Our results are several efficient general-purpose approximation schemes. They use as a black-box (exact or approximate) the solution to the underlying deterministic problem and thus immediately apply to arbitrary combinatorial problems. For example, from an available -app...
Evdokia Nikolova
Added 26 Oct 2010
Updated 26 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Authors Evdokia Nikolova
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