Learning the Efficient Frontier

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 36 (NeurIPS 2023) Main Conference Track

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Philippe Chatigny, Ivan Sergienko, Ryan Ferguson, Jordan Weir, Maxime Bergeron


The efficient frontier (EF) is a fundamental resource allocation problem where one has to find an optimal portfolio maximizing a reward at a given level of risk. This optimal solution is traditionally found by solving a convex optimization problem. In this paper, we introduce NeuralEF: a fast neural approximation framework that robustly forecasts the result of the EF convex optimizations problems with respect to heterogeneous linear constraints and variable number of optimization inputs. By reformulating an optimization problem as a sequence to sequence problem, we show that NeuralEF is a viable solution to accelerate large-scale simulation while handling discontinuous behavior.