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We introduce a new trust-region method for unconstrained optimization where the radius update is computed using the model information at the current iterate rather than at the preceding one. The update is then performed according to how well the current model retrospectively predicts the value of the objective function at last iterate. Global convergence to(More)
This paper develops a model of activity and trip scheduling that combines three elements that have to date mostly been investigated in isolation: the duration of activities, the time-of-day preference for activity participation and the effect of schedule delays on the valuation of activities. The model is an error component discrete choice model, describing(More)
The estimation of random parameters by means of mixed logit models is becoming current practice amongst discrete choice analysts, one of the most straightforward applications being the derivation of willingness to pay distribution over a heterogeneous population. In numerous practical cases, parametric distributions are a priori specified and the parameters(More)
We consider a two-stage stochastic staffing problem for multi-skill call centers. The objective is to minimize the total cost of agents under a chance constraint, defined over the randomness of the arrival rates, to meet all the expected service level targets. First, we determine an initial staffing based on an imperfect forecast. Then, this staffing is(More)
In this paper, we propose a new approach to reduce the total running time (RT) of the progressive hedging algorithm (PHA) for solving multistage stochastic programs (MSPs) defined on a scenario tree. Instead of using the conventional scenario decomposition scheme, we apply a multi-scenario decomposition scheme and partition the scenario set in order to(More)
We consider a class of stochastic programming models where the uncertainty is classically represented using parametric distributions families. The parameters are then usually estimated together with the optimal value of the problem. However , misspecification of the underlying random variables often leads to irrealistic results when little is known about(More)
We consider a chance-constrained two-stage stochastic scheduling problem for multi-skill call centers with uncertainty on arrival rate and absenteeism. We first determine an initial schedule based on an imperfect forecast on arrival rate and absenteeism. Then, this schedule is corrected applying recourse actions when the forecast becomes more accurate in(More)