Bayesian Optimization for Distributionally Robust Chance-constrained Problem

Yu Inatsu · Shion Takeno · Masayuki Karasuyama · Ichiro Takeuchi

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Keywords: [ OPT: Optimization and Learning under Uncertainty ] [ T: Active Learning and Interactive Learning ] [ OPT: Zero-order and Black-box Optimization ] [ PM: Gaussian Processes ]


In black-box function optimization, we need to consider not only controllable design variables but also uncontrollable stochastic environment variables. In such cases, it is necessary to solve the optimization problem by taking into account the uncertainty of the environmental variables. Chance-constrained (CC) problem, the problem of maximizing the expected value under a certain level of constraint satisfaction probability, is one of the practically important problems in the presence of environmental variables. In this study, we consider distributionally robust CC (DRCC) problem and propose a novel DRCC Bayesian optimization method for the case where the distribution of the environmental variables cannot be precisely specified. We show that the proposed method can find an arbitrary accurate solution with high probability in a finite number of trials, and confirm the usefulness of the proposed method through numerical experiments.

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