A new paper in collaboration among MINOA partners: CNRS-LIX, University of Pisa, and CNR-IASI.
Abstract: The Sequential Convex MINLP (SC-MINLP) technique is a solution method for nonconvex Mixed-Integer NonLinear Problems where the nonconvexities are separable. It is based on solving a sequence of convex MINLPs which trade a better and better relaxation of the nonconvex part of the problem with the introduction of more and more piecewise-linear nonconvex terms, and therefore binary variables. The convex MINLPs are obtained by partitioning the domain of each separable nonconvex term in the intervals in which it is convex and those in which it is concave. In the former, the term is left in its original form, while in the latter it is piecewise-linearized. Since each interval corresponds to a semi-continuous variable, we propose to modify the convex terms using the Perspective Reformulation technique to strengthen the bounds. We show by means of experimental results on different classes of instances that doing so significantly decreases the solution time of the convex MINLPs, which is the most time consuming part of the approach, and has therefore the potential to improving the overall effectiveness of the SC-MINLP.
Keywords: Global Optimization, NonConvex Separable Functions, Sequential Convex MINLP Technique, Perspective Reformulation.
Cite as: C. D’Ambrosio, A. Frangioni, C. Gentile, Strengthening the Sequential Convex MINLP Technique by Perspective Reformulations, Optimization Letters, to appear, 2018.