A Robust Optimization for Multi-Period Lost Sales Inventory Control Problem


  • Shunichi Ohmori 1 (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Kazuho Yoshimoto 1 (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)

We consider a periodic review inventory control problem of minimizing inventory cost, production cost, and lost sales under demand uncertainty, in which product demands are not specified exactly and it is only known to belong to a given uncertainty set. We propose a robust optimization formulation for obtaining lowest cost possible and guaranteeing the feasibility with respect to range of order quantity and inventory level for possible values of the data from the uncertainty set. Our formulation is based on the affinely adaptive robust counterpart, which suppose order quantity is affine function of past demands. We derive certainty equivalent problem via second-order cone programming, which gives 'not too pessimistic' worst-case.

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