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A reactive greedy randomized adaptive search procedure for a mixed integer portfolio optimization problem


  • K.P. Anagnostopoulos
  • P.D. Chatzoglou
  • S. Katsavounis


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to present a procedure for finding the efficient frontier, i.e. a non-decreasing curve representing the set of Pareto-optimal or non-dominated portfolios, when the standard Markowitz' classical mean-variance model is enriched with additional constraints. Design/methodology/approach - The mean-variance portfolio optimization model is extended to include integer constraints that limit a portfolio to have a specified number of assets, and to impose limits on the proportion of the portfolio held in a given asset. Optimization-based procedures run into difficulties in this framework and this motivates the investigation of heuristic algorithms to find acceptable solutions. Findings - The problem is solved by a greedy randomized adaptive search procedure (GRASP), enhanced by a learning mechanism and a bias function for determining the next element to be introduced in the solution. Originality/value - This is believed to be the first time, a GRASP for finding the efficient frontier for this class of portfolio selection problems is used.

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  • K.P. Anagnostopoulos & P.D. Chatzoglou & S. Katsavounis, 2010. "A reactive greedy randomized adaptive search procedure for a mixed integer portfolio optimization problem," Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(12), pages 1057-1065, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:mfipps:v:36:y:2010:i:12:p:1057-1065

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