Optimization and Control (math.OC)
Fri, 26 May 2023
1.Stochastic First-Order Algorithms for Constrained Distributionally Robust Optimization
Authors:Hyungki Im, Paul Grigas
Abstract: We consider distributionally robust optimization (DRO) problems, reformulated as distributionally robust feasibility (DRF) problems, with multiple expectation constraints. We propose a generic stochastic first-order meta-algorithm, where the decision variables and uncertain distribution parameters are each updated separately by applying stochastic first-order methods. We then specialize our results to the case of using two specific versions of stochastic mirror descent (SMD): (i) a novel approximate version of SMD to update the decision variables, and (ii) the bandit mirror descent method to update the distribution parameters in the case of $\chi^2$-divergence sets. For this specialization, we demonstrate that the total number of iterations is independent of the dimensions of the decision variables and distribution parameters. Moreover, the cost per iteration to update both sets of variables is nearly independent of the dimension of the distribution parameters, allowing for high dimensional ambiguity sets. Furthermore, we show that the total number of iterations of our algorithm has a logarithmic dependence on the number of constraints. Experiments on logistic regression with fairness constraints, personalized parameter selection in a social network, and the multi-item newsvendor problem verify the theoretical results and show the usefulness of the algorithm, in particular when the dimension of the distribution parameters is large.