Stochastic search involves finding a set of controllable parameters that minimizes an unknown objective function using a set of noisy observations. We consider the case when the unknown function is convex and a metamodel is used as a surrogate objective function. Often he data are non-i.i.d. and include an observable state variable, such as applicant information in a loan rate decision problem. State information is difficult to incorporate into convex models. We propose a new semiconvex regression method that is used to produce a convex metamodel in the presence of a state variable. We show consistency for this method. We demonstrate its effectiveness for metamodeling on a set of synthetic inventory management problems and a large real-life auto loan dataset.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Asymptotic properties
- Machine learning
- Multivariate convex functions
- Nonparametric regression
- Simulation optimization