WIAS Preprint No. 1206, (2007)

Stability and sensitivity of optimization problems with first order stochastic dominance constraints


  • Dentcheva, Darinka
  • Henrion, René
    ORCID: 0000-0001-5572-7213
  • Ruszczynski, Andrzej

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 90C15 90C34 90C48


  • stochastic programming, stochastic ordering, semi-infinite optimization, chance constraints, Lipschitz stability, metric regularity, directional differentiability




We analyze the stability and sensitivity of stochastic optimization problems with stochastic dominance constraints of first order. We consider general perturbations of the underlying probability measures in the space of regular measures equipped with a suitable discrepancy distance. We show that the graph of the feasible set mapping is closed under rather general assumptions. We obtain conditions for the continuity of the optimal value and upper-semicontinuity of the optimal solutions, as well as quantitative stability estimates of Lipschitz type. Furthermore, we analyze the sensitivity of the optimal value and obtain upper and lower bounds for the directional derivatives of the optimal value. The estimates are formulated in terms of the dual utility functions associated with the dominance constraints.

Appeared in

  • SIAM J. Optim., 18 (2007) pp. 322--337.

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