I want to start learning Stochastic Programming, beginning with SAA (Sample Average Approximation) and keeping a practitioner's perspective in mind, i.e. I would like my sources to collectively cover intuition, background theory and the topics one should keep in mind when applying SAA. I know about Shapiro et al's book,1 but I'm also interested in the application-focused topics, which apparently aren't part of the book's focus.
I have found a tutorial by Shapiro and Philpott.2 I know I could just start reading many publications like 3 and 4, presentations like this one by Morton, or class notes from universities like this JHU 2019 class or Jeff Linderoth's 2003 course notes (I guess the content covered could be slightly outdated because of last 2 decades' newer advances in the field). The problem with the former approach is that I could get easily lost in the abundance of alternatives. Are there other sources you'd recommend optimization practitioners to read as an introduction to the topic? My priority is to know how to use and model real-world problems, keeping in mind mathematical rigor and computational issues/tractability regarding sampling procedures and approximations.
Any help in building a learning path will be highly appreciated, be it considering the former references, a different set or additional sources. Consider the reader to have Master's degree knowledge level of Applied Math and OR.
1 Shapiro, A., Dentcheva, D., & Ruszczyński, A. (2014). Lectures on stochastic programming: modeling and theory. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
2 Shapiro, A., & Philpott, A. (2007). A tutorial on stochastic programming. Manuscript. Available at www2. isye. gatech. edu/ashapiro/publications. html, 17.
3 Verweij, B., Ahmed, S., Kleywegt, A. J., Nemhauser, G., & Shapiro, A. (2003). The sample average approximation method applied to stochastic routing problems: a computational study. Computational Optimization and Applications, 24(2-3), 289-333.
4 Kim, S., Pasupathy, R., & Henderson, S. G. (2015). A guide to sample average approximation. In Handbook of simulation optimization (pp. 207-243). Springer, New York, NY.