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This paper formalizes and adapts the well known concept of Pareto efficiency in the context of the popular robust optimization (RO) methodology. We argue that the classical RO paradigm need not produce solutions that possess the associated property of Pareto optimality, and illustrate via examples how this could lead to inefficiencies and sub-optimal… (More)

This paper compares two different frameworks recently introduced in the literature for measuring risk in a multi-period setting. The first corresponds to applying a single coherent risk measure to the cumulative future costs, while the second involves applying a composition of one-step coherent risk mappings. We summarize the relative strengths of the two… (More)

In this paper, we propose a new tractable framework for dealing with multi-stage decision problems affected by uncertainty, applicable to robust optimization and stochastic programming. We introduce a hierarchy of polynomial disturbance-feedback control policies, and show how these can be computed by solving a single semidefinite programming problem. The… (More)

In this paper, we show the optimality of a certain class of disturbance-affine control policies in the context of one-dimensional, constrained, multi-stage robust optimization. Our results cover the finite horizon case, with minimax (worst-case) objective, and convex state costs plus linear control costs. We develop a new proof methodology, which explores… (More)

This paper considers a particular class of dynamic robust optimization problems, where a large number of decisions must be made in the first stage, which consequently fix the constraints and cost structure underlying a one-dimensional, linear dynamical system. We seek to bridge two classical paradigms for solving such problems, namely, (1) dynamic… (More)

W e develop a new local search algorithm for binary optimization problems, whose complexity and performance are explicitly controlled by a parameter Q, measuring the depth of the local search neighborhood. We show that the algorithm is pseudo-polynomial for general cost vector c, and achieves a w 2 //2w − 1 approximation guarantee for set packing problems… (More)

We deal with the problem faced by a portfolio manager in charge of multiple accounts. We argue that, due to market impact costs, this setting differs in several subtle ways from the classical (single account) case, with the key distinction being that the performance of each individual account typically depends on the trading strategies of other accounts, as… (More)

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