Black-box combinatorial optimization using models with integer-valued minima

Laurens Bliek (Corresponding author), Sicco Verwer, Mathijs de Weerdt

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When a black-box optimization objective can only be evaluated with costly or noisy measurements, most standard optimization algorithms are unsuited to find the optimal solution. Specialized algorithms that deal with exactly this situation make use of surrogate models. These models are usually continuous and smooth, which is beneficial for continuous optimization problems, but not necessarily for combinatorial problems. However, by choosing the basis functions of the surrogate model in a certain way, we show that it can be guaranteed that the optimal solution of the surrogate model is integer. This approach outperforms random search, simulated annealing and a Bayesian optimization algorithm on the problem of finding robust routes for a noise-perturbed traveling salesman benchmark problem, with similar performance as another Bayesian optimization algorithm, and outperforms all compared algorithms on a convex binary optimization problem with a large number of variables.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)639-653
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftAnnals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
Vroegere onlinedatum19 sep. 2020
StatusGepubliceerd - jul. 2021
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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