Glossary

Stochastic Optimization

What is Stochastic Optimization?

Stochastic optimization is a method of generating and using random variables to represent an optimization problem to produce more suitable and consistent results. Stochastic optimization often represents real-world problems more accurately by introducing some uncertainty into the problem definition or result, reflecting the variability of inputs to and/or outputs from the optimization process.

Why is Stochastic Optimization Important?

Stochastic optimization provides a mechanism for producing more reliable predictions from uncertain data and data relationships. Stochastic optimization is one of many important approaches that can be tested and used across a variety of industries for common prediction use cases such as manufacturing processes, financial asset performance, demand-supply planning, and customer buying behavior.

How C3 AI Enables Organizations to Leverage Stochastic Optimization

C3 AI provides a scalable enterprise AI platform – the C3 AI® Suite – that supports a variety of optimization techniques including stochastic optimization. This complete, end-to-end platform enables designing, developing, deploying, and operating enterprise AI applications at industrial scale. With the C3 AI Suite, organizations can accelerate development of enterprise AI applications on cloud platforms including AWS and Azure 25-fold, and allows deployment in one-tenth the time of other approaches. Because of C3 AI’s revolutionary model-driven architecture, applications developed with the C3 AI Suite can run on any cloud with little or no change to the application code.

C3 AI also delivers a portfolio of prebuilt, SaaS enterprise AI applications for a growing number of use cases such as C3 AI Reliability, C3 AI Inventory Optimization, C3 AI Fraud Detection, and C3 AI Anti-Money Laundering. Some of the world’s largest organizations – including Shell, the US Department of Defense, Enel, and Koch Industries – use C3 AI technology to drive digital transformation initiatives that significantly reduce costs, increase asset availability and reliability, improve human safety, and enhance customer satisfaction. In addition to being able to run out of the box on the leading cloud platforms, these applications can be configured to take advantage of microservices available from different cloud providers – for example, AWS’s image recognition can be combined with Google’s natural language processing in the same application.