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An Efficient Approach to Distributionally Robust Network Capacity Planning

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>9/04/2020
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this paper, we consider a network capacity expansion problem in the context of telecommunication networks, where there is uncertainty associated with the expected traffic demand. We employ a distributionally robust stochastic optimization (DRSO) framework where the ambiguity set of the uncertain demand distribution is constructed using the moments information, the mean and variance. The resulting DRSO problem is formulated as a bilevel optimization problem. We develop an efficient solution algorithm for this problem by characterizing the resulting worst-case two-point distribution, which allows us to reformulate the original problem as a convex optimization problem. In computational experiments the performance of this approach is compared to that of the robust optimization approach with a discrete uncertainty set. The results show that solutions from the DRSO model outperform the robust optimization approach on highly risk-averse performance metrics, whereas the robust solution is better on the less risk-averse metric.