Semi-Infinite Relaxations for a Dynamic Knapsack Problem with Stochastic Item Sizes

ACO Student Seminar
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 13:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Georgia Tech
We consider a version of the knapsack problem in which an item size is random and revealed only when the decision maker attempts to insert it. After every successful insertion the decision maker can choose the next item dynamically based on the remaining capacity and available items, while an unsuccessful insertion terminates the process. We propose a new semi-infinite relaxation based on an affine value function approximation, and show that an existing pseudo-polynomial relaxation corresponds to a non-parametric value function approximation. We compare both theoretically to other relaxations from the literature and also perform a computational study. Our new relaxation provides tight bounds over a variety of different instances and surprisingly becomes tighter as the number of items increases. Joint work with Daniel Blado (ACO) and Weihong Hu (ISyE).