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On the Solution of Traveling Salesman Problems
 DOC. MATH. J. DMV
, 1998
"... Following the theoretical studies of J.B. Robinson and H.W. Kuhn in the late 1940s and the early 1950s, G.B. Dantzig, R. Fulkerson, and S.M. Johnson demonstrated in 1954 that large instances of the TSP could be solved by linear programming. Their approach remains the only known tool for solving TS ..."
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Following the theoretical studies of J.B. Robinson and H.W. Kuhn in the late 1940s and the early 1950s, G.B. Dantzig, R. Fulkerson, and S.M. Johnson demonstrated in 1954 that large instances of the TSP could be solved by linear programming. Their approach remains the only known tool for solving TSP instances with more than several hundred cities; over the years, it has evolved further through the work of M. Grötschel , S. Hong , M. Jünger , P. Miliotis , D. Naddef , M. Padberg ... some of its refinements that led to the solution of a 13,509city instance.
An effective implementation of the linkernighan traveling salesman heuristic
 European Journal of Operational Research
, 2000
"... This report describes an implementation of the LinKernighan heuristic, one of the most successful methods for generating optimal or nearoptimal solutions for the symmetric traveling salesman problem. Computational tests show that the implementation is highly effective. It has found optimal solution ..."
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This report describes an implementation of the LinKernighan heuristic, one of the most successful methods for generating optimal or nearoptimal solutions for the symmetric traveling salesman problem. Computational tests show that the implementation is highly effective. It has found optimal solutions for all solved problem instances we have been able to obtain, including a 7397city problem (the largest nontrivial problem instance solved to optimality today). Furthermore, the algorithm has improved the best known solutions for a series of largescale problems with unknown optima, among these an 85900city problem. 1.
LargeStep Markov Chains for the Traveling Salesman Problem
 Complex Systems
, 1991
"... We introduce a new class of Markov chain Monte Carlo search procedures, leading to more powerful optimization methods than simulated annealing. The main idea is to embed deterministic local search techniques into stochastic algorithms. The Monte Carlo explores only local optima, and it is able to ma ..."
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We introduce a new class of Markov chain Monte Carlo search procedures, leading to more powerful optimization methods than simulated annealing. The main idea is to embed deterministic local search techniques into stochastic algorithms. The Monte Carlo explores only local optima, and it is able to make large, global changes, even at low temperatures, thus overcoming large barriers in configuration space. We test these procedures in the case of the Traveling Salesman Problem. The embedded local searches we use are 3opt and LinKernighan. The large change or step consists of a special kind of 4change followed by localopt minimization. We test this algorithm on a number of instances. The power of the method is illustrated by solving to optimality some large problems such as the LIN318, the AT&T532, and the RAT783 problems. For even larger instances with randomly distributed cities, the Markov chain procedure improves 3opt by over 1.6%, and LinKernighan by 1.3%, leading to a new best h...
Genetic Local Search for the TSP: New Results
 In Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE International Conference on Evolutionary Computation
, 1997
"... The combination of local search heuristics and genetic algorithms has been shown to be an effective approach for finding nearoptimum solutions to the traveling salesman problem. In this paper, previously proposed genetic local search algorithms for the symmetric and asymmetric traveling salesman pr ..."
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The combination of local search heuristics and genetic algorithms has been shown to be an effective approach for finding nearoptimum solutions to the traveling salesman problem. In this paper, previously proposed genetic local search algorithms for the symmetric and asymmetric traveling salesman problem are revisited and potential improvements are identified. Since local search is the central component in which most of the computation time is spent, improving the efficiency of the local search operators is crucial for improving the overall performance of the algorithms. The modifications of the algorithms are described and the new results obtained are presented. The results indicate that the improved algorithms are able to arrive at better solutions in significantly less time. I. Introduction Consider a salesman who wants to start from his home city, visit each of a set of n cities exactly once, and then return home. Since the salesman is interested in finding the shortest possible r...
Combining Simulated Annealing with Local Search Heuristics
, 1993
"... We introduce a metaheuristic to combine simulated annealing with local search methods for CO problems. This new class of Markov chains leads to significantly more powerful optimization methods than either simulated annealing or local search. The main idea is to embed deterministic local search tech ..."
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We introduce a metaheuristic to combine simulated annealing with local search methods for CO problems. This new class of Markov chains leads to significantly more powerful optimization methods than either simulated annealing or local search. The main idea is to embed deterministic local search techniques into simulated annealing so that the chain explores only local optima. It makes large, global changes, even at low temperatures, thus overcoming large barriers in configuration space. We have tested this metaheuristic for the traveling salesman and graph partitioning problems. Tests on instances from public libraries and random ensembles quantify the power of the method. Our algorithm is able to solve large instances to optimality, improving upon state of the art local search methods very significantly. For the traveling salesman problem with randomly distributed cities in a square, the procedure improves on 3opt by 1.6%, and on LinKernighan local search by 1.3%. For the partitioni...
Solving Steiner tree problems in graphs to optimality
 Networks
, 1998
"... Abstract: In this paper, we present the implementation of a branchandcut algorithm for solving Steiner tree problems in graphs. Our algorithm is based on an integer programming formulation for directed graphs and comprises preprocessing, separation algorithms, and primal heuristics. We are able to ..."
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Abstract: In this paper, we present the implementation of a branchandcut algorithm for solving Steiner tree problems in graphs. Our algorithm is based on an integer programming formulation for directed graphs and comprises preprocessing, separation algorithms, and primal heuristics. We are able to solve nearly all problem instances discussed in the literature to optimality, including one problem that—to our knowledge—has not yet been solved. We also report on our computational experiences with some very large Steiner tree problems arising from the design of electronic circuits. All test problems are gathered in a newly introduced library called SteinLib that is accessible via the World Wide Web. � 1998 John
A BranchandCut Algorithm for the Symmetric Generalized Travelling Salesman Problem
, 1995
"... We consider a variant of the classical symmetric Travelling Salesman Problem in which the nodes are partitioned into clusters and the salesman has to visit at least one node for each cluster. This NPhard problem is known in the literature as the symmetric Generalized Travelling Salesman Problem (GT ..."
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We consider a variant of the classical symmetric Travelling Salesman Problem in which the nodes are partitioned into clusters and the salesman has to visit at least one node for each cluster. This NPhard problem is known in the literature as the symmetric Generalized Travelling Salesman Problem (GTSP), and finds practical applications in routing, scheduling and locationrouting. In a companion paper [5] we modeled GTSP as an integer linear program, and studied the facial structure of two polytopes associated with the problem. Here we propose exact and heuristic separation procedures for some classes of facetdefining inequalities, which are used within a branchandcut algorithm for the exact solution of GTSP. Heuristic procedures are also described. Extensive computational results for instances taken from the literature and involving up to 442 nodes are reported.
Mixedinteger programming methods for finding Nash equilibria
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AAAI
, 2005
"... We present, to our knowledge, the first mixed integer program (MIP) formulations for finding Nash equilibria in games (specifically, twoplayer normal form games). We study different design dimensions of search algorithms that are based on those formulations. Our MIP Nash algorithm outperforms Lemke ..."
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We present, to our knowledge, the first mixed integer program (MIP) formulations for finding Nash equilibria in games (specifically, twoplayer normal form games). We study different design dimensions of search algorithms that are based on those formulations. Our MIP Nash algorithm outperforms LemkeHowson but not PorterNudelmanShoham (PNS) on GAMUT data. We argue why experiments should also be conducted on games with equilibria with mediumsized supports only, and present a methodology for generating such games. On such games MIP Nash drastically outperforms PNS but not LemkeHowson. Certain MIP Nash formulations also yield anytime algorithms for ɛequilibrium, with provable bounds. Another advantage of MIP Nash is that it can be used to find an optimal equilibrium (according to various objectives). The prior algorithms can be extended to that setting, but they are orders of magnitude slower.
LargeStep Markov Chains for the TSP Incorporating Local Search Heuristics
 Operations Research Letters
, 1992
"... We consider a new class of optimization heuristics which combine local searches with stochastic sampling methods, allowing one to iterate local optimization heuristics. We have tested this on the Euclidean Traveling Salesman Problem, improving 3opt by over 1.6% and LinKernighan by 1.3%. This wo ..."
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We consider a new class of optimization heuristics which combine local searches with stochastic sampling methods, allowing one to iterate local optimization heuristics. We have tested this on the Euclidean Traveling Salesman Problem, improving 3opt by over 1.6% and LinKernighan by 1.3%. This work was supported in part by the grants DOEFG0385ER25009 and NSFECS8909127, and by a grant from the PSCCUNY Research Award Program. Correspondence regarding this work should be addressed to S. Otto. y This manuscript was published in Operation Research Letters, v. 11, pp. 21924, 1992. 1 Introduction Given N cities labeled by i = 1; N , separated by distances d ij , the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) consists in finding the shortest tour, i.e., the shortest closed path visiting every city exactly once. To be specific, we will consider the symmetric TSP where d ij = d ji , but our method generalizes to the asymmetric case also. The problem of finding the optimal tour is a difficult...
New Genetic Local Search Operators for the Traveling Salesman Problem
, 1996
"... Abstract. In this paper, an approach is presented to incorporate problem speci c knowledge into a genetic algorithm which is used to compute nearoptimum solutions to traveling salesman problems (TSP). The approach is based on using a tour construction heuristic for generating the initial population ..."
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Abstract. In this paper, an approach is presented to incorporate problem speci c knowledge into a genetic algorithm which is used to compute nearoptimum solutions to traveling salesman problems (TSP). The approach is based on using a tour construction heuristic for generating the initial population, a tour improvement heuristic for nding local optima in a given TSP search space, and new genetic operators for e ectively searching the space of local optima in order to nd the global optimum. The quality and e ciency of solutions obtained for a set of TSP instances containing between 318 and 1400 cities are presented. 1