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A class of polynomial volumetric barrier decomposition algorithms for stochastic semidefinite programming
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by K. A. Ariyawansa and Yuntao Zhu PDF
Math. Comp. 80 (2011), 1639-1661 Request permission


Ariyawansa and Zhu have recently proposed a new class of optimization problems termed stochastic semidefinite programs (SSDPs). SSDPs may be viewed as an extension of two-stage stochastic (linear) programs with recourse (SLPs). Zhao has derived a decomposition algorithm for SLPs based on a logarithmic barrier and proved its polynomial complexity. Mehrotra and Özevin have extended the work of Zhao to the case of SSDPs to derive a polynomial logarithmic barrier decomposition algorithm for SSDPs. An alternative to the logarithmic barrier is the volumetric barrier of Vaidya. There is no work based on the volumetric barrier analogous to that of Zhao for SLPs or to the work of Mehrotra and Özevin for SSDPs. The purpose of this paper is to derive a class of volumetric barrier decomposition algorithms for SSDPs, and to prove polynomial complexity of certain members of the class.
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  • K. A. Ariyawansa
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164-3113
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  • Yuntao Zhu
  • Affiliation: Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100
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  • Received by editor(s): July 27, 2009
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: May 14, 2010
  • Published electronically: December 16, 2010
  • Additional Notes: The work of the first author was supported in part by the U.S. Army Research Office under Grant DAAD 19-00-1-0465 and under Award W911NF-08-1-0530.
    The work of the second author was supported in part by the ASU West MGIA Grant 2007.
  • © Copyright 2010 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 80 (2011), 1639-1661
  • MSC (2010): Primary 90C15, 90C51, 49M27
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  • MathSciNet review: 2785472