The Semi-stochastic Ski-rental Problem

Aleksander Madry & Debmalya Panigrahi
In this paper, we introduce the semi-stochastic model for dealing with input uncertainty in optimization problems. This model is a hybrid between the overly pessimistic online model and the highly optimistic stochastic (or Bayesian) model. In this model, the algorithm can obtain only limited stochastic information about the future (i.e. about the input distribution)---as the amount of stochastic information we make available to the algorithm grows from no information to full information, we interpolate between...