Stochastic Localization Methods for Convex Discrete Optimization via Simulation

Publication Date: October 22, 2023

Zhang, Haixiang & Zheng, Zeyu & Lavaei, Javad. (2023). Stochastic Localization Methods for Convex Discrete Optimization via Simulation. Operations Research. 10.1287/opre.2022.0030.


Solving Convex Discrete Optimization via Simulation via Stochastic Localization Algorithms Many decision-making problems in operations research and management science require the optimization of large-scale complex stochastic systems. For a number of applications, the objective function exhibits convexity in the discrete decision variables or the problem can be transformed into a convex one. In “Stochastic Localization Methods for Convex Discrete Optimization via Simulation,” Zhang, Zheng, and Lavaei propose provably efficient simulation-optimization algorithms for general large-scale convex discrete optimization via simulation problems. By utilizing the convex structure and the idea of localization and cutting-plane methods, the developed stochastic localization algorithms demonstrate a polynomial dependence on the dimension and scale of the decision space. In addition, the simulation cost is upper bounded by a value that is independent of the objective function. The stochastic localization methods also exhibit a superior numerical performance compared with existing algorithms.