On Optimization of Discontinuous Systems

Ermoliev, Y.M. & Gaivoronski, A.A. (1991). On Optimization of Discontinuous Systems. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-91-049

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In this paper stochastic programming techniques are adapted and further developed for applications to discrete event systems. We consider cases when the sample path of the system depend discontinuously on control parameters (e.g. modeling of failures, several competing processes), which could make the computation of estimates of the gradient difficult. Methods which use only samples of the performance criterion are developed, in particular finite differences with reduced variance and concurrent approximation and optimization algorithms. Optimization of the stationary behavior is also considered. Results of numerical experiments and convergence results are reported.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Social & Environmental Dimensions of Technology (SET)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:01
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:14
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/3516

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