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Extended scenario analysis

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Scenario analysis, as proposed by Rockafellar and Wets, is a stochastic programming technique employing discrete scenarios with known probabilities, usually covering several time periods. The requirement of nonaticipativity (not using future information to make present decisions) is enforced during the computational solution by using Spingarn's method of partial inverses. The scenario analysis method as proposed relies on separability (with respect to scenarios) of all problem elements except the nonanticipativity constraint.

We show how, by making a little more use of the partial inverse technique, one can include nonseparable convex constraints in such a procedure. As an illustrative example, we show how to analyze a portfolio optimization problem of Markowitz type (minimize variance for a given return) using scenarios. This offers the prospect of extending classical portfolio analysis from models based on historical behavior to models incorporating future scenarios of any desired type.

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The research reported here was sponsored by the National Science Foundation under Grant CCR-8801489, and by the Air Force Systems Command, USAF, under Grant No. AFOSR-89-0058. The US Government has certain rights in this material, and is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.

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Robinson, S.M. Extended scenario analysis. Ann Oper Res 31, 385–397 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02204859

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  • Scenario analysis
  • partial inverse
  • resolvent iteration
  • proximal point iteration
  • monotone sum problem
  • portfolio optimization