Robust optimization using machine learning for uncertainty sets

Published

Conference Paper

© 2014 University of Illinois at Chicago. All rights reserved. Our goal is to build robust optimization problems that make decisions about the future, and where complex data from the past are used to model uncertainty. In robust optimization (RO) generally, the goal is to create a policy for decision-making that is robust to our uncertainty about the future. In particular, we want our policy to best handle the the worst possible situation that could arise, out of an uncertainty set of possible situations. Classically, the uncertainty set is simply chosen by the user, or it might be estimated in overly simplistic ways with strong assumptions; whereas in this work, we learn the uncertainty set from complex data from the past. The past data are drawn randomly from an (unknown) possibly complicated high-dimensional distribution. We propose a new uncertainty set design and show how tools from statistical learning theory can be employed to provide probabilistic guarantees on the robustness of the policy.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tulabandhula, T; Rudin, C

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

  • International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics, Isaim 2014

Citation Source

  • Scopus