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A greedy randomized adaptive search procedure for the 2partition problem
 Operations Research
, 1994
"... Abstract. Today, a variety of heuristic approaches are available to the operations research practitioner. One methodology that has a strong intuitive appeal, a prominent empirical track record, and is trivial to efficiently implement on parallel processors is GRASP (Greedy Randomized Adaptive Search ..."
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Abstract. Today, a variety of heuristic approaches are available to the operations research practitioner. One methodology that has a strong intuitive appeal, a prominent empirical track record, and is trivial to efficiently implement on parallel processors is GRASP (Greedy Randomized Adaptive Search Procedures). GRASP is an iterative randomized sampling technique in which each iteration provides a solution to the problem at hand. The incumbent solution over all GRASP iterations is kept as the final result. There are two phases within each GRASP iteration: the first intelligently constructs an initial solution via an adaptive randomized greedy function; the second applies a local search procedure to the constructed solution in hope of finding an improvement. In this paper, we define the various components comprising a GRASP and demonstrate, step by step, how to develop such heuristics for combinatorial optimization problems. Intuitive justifications for the observed empirical behavior of the methodology are discussed. The paper concludes with a brief literature review of GRASP implementations and mentions two industrial applications.
Parallelization of the Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows
, 2001
"... Routing with time windows (VRPTW) has been an area of research that have
attracted many researchers within the last 10 { 15 years. In this period a number
of papers and technical reports have been published on the exact solution of the
VRPTW.
The VRPTW is a generalization of the wellknown capacitat ..."
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Routing with time windows (VRPTW) has been an area of research that have
attracted many researchers within the last 10 { 15 years. In this period a number
of papers and technical reports have been published on the exact solution of the
VRPTW.
The VRPTW is a generalization of the wellknown capacitated routing problem
(VRP or CVRP). In the VRP a
eet of vehicles must visit (service) a number
of customers. All vehicles start and end at the depot. For each pair of customers
or customer and depot there is a cost. The cost denotes how much is costs a
vehicle to drive from one customer to another. Every customer must be visited
exactly ones. Additionally each customer demands a certain quantity of goods
delivered (know as the customer demand). For the vehicles we have an upper
limit on the amount of goods that can be carried (known as the capacity). In
the most basic case all vehicles are of the same type and hence have the same
capacity. The problem is now for a given scenario to plan routes for the vehicles
in accordance with the mentioned constraints such that the cost accumulated
on the routes, the xed costs (how much does it cost to maintain a vehicle) or
a combination hereof is minimized.
In the more general VRPTW each customer has a time window, and between
all pairs of customers or a customer and the depot we have a travel time. The
vehicles now have to comply with the additional constraint that servicing of the
customers can only be started within the time windows of the customers. It
is legal to arrive before a time window \opens" but the vehicle must wait and
service will not start until the time window of the customer actually opens.
For solving the problem exactly 4 general types of solution methods have
evolved in the literature: dynamic programming, DantzigWolfe (column generation),
Lagrange decomposition and solving the classical model formulation
directly.
Presently the algorithms that uses DantzigWolfe given the best results
(Desrochers, Desrosiers and Solomon, and Kohl), but the Ph.D. thesis of Kontoravdis
shows promising results for using the classical model formulation directly.
In this Ph.D. project we have used the DantzigWolfe method. In the
DantzigWolfe method the problem is split into two problems: a \master problem"
and a \subproblem". The master problem is a relaxed set partitioning
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problem that guarantees that each customer is visited exactly ones, while the
subproblem is a shortest path problem with additional constraints (capacity and
time window). Using the master problem the reduced costs are computed for
each arc, and these costs are then used in the subproblem in order to generate
routes from the depot and back to the depot again. The best (improving) routes
are then returned to the master problem and entered into the relaxed set partitioning
problem. As the set partitioning problem is relaxed by removing the
integer constraints the solution is seldomly integral therefore the DantzigWolfe
method is embedded in a separationbased solutiontechnique.
In this Ph.D. project we have been trying to exploit structural properties in
order to speed up execution times, and we have been using parallel computers
to be able to solve problems faster or solve larger problems.
The thesis starts with a review of previous work within the eld of VRPTW
both with respect to heuristic solution methods and exact (optimal) methods.
Through a series of experimental tests we seek to dene and examine a number
of structural characteristics.
The rst series of tests examine the use of dividing time windows as the
branching principle in the separationbased solutiontechnique. Instead of using
the methods previously described in the literature for dividing a problem into
smaller problems we use a methods developed for a variant of the VRPTW. The
results are unfortunately not positive.
Instead of dividing a problem into two smaller problems and try to solve
these we can try to get an integer solution without having to branch. A cut is an
inequality that separates the (nonintegral) optimal solution from all the integer
solutions. By nding and inserting cuts we can try to avoid branching. For the
VRPTW Kohl has developed the 2path cuts. In the separationalgorithm for
detecting 2path cuts a number of test are made. By structuring the order in
which we try to generate cuts we achieved very positive results.
In the DantzigWolfe process a large number of columns may be generated,
but a signicant fraction of the columns introduced will not be interesting with
respect to the master problem. It is a priori not possible to determine which
columns are attractive and which are not, but if a column does not become part
of the basis of the relaxed set partitioning problem we consider it to be of no
benet for the solution process. These columns are subsequently removed from
the master problem. Experiments demonstrate a signicant cut of the running
time.
Positive results were also achieved by stopping the routegeneration process
prematurely in the case of timeconsuming shortest path computations. Often
this leads to stopping the shortest path subroutine in cases where the information
(from the dual variables) leads to \bad" routes. The premature exit
from the shortest path subroutine restricts the generation of \bad" routes signi
cantly. This produces very good results and has made it possible to solve
problem instances not solved to optimality before.
The parallel algorithm is based upon the sequential DantzigWolfe based
algorithm developed earlier in the project. In an initial (sequential) phase unsolved
problems are generated and when there are unsolved problems enough
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to start work on every processor the parallel solution phase is initiated. In the
parallel phase each processor runs the sequential algorithm. To get a good workload
a strategy based on balancing the load between neighbouring processors is
implemented. The resulting algorithm is eÆcient and capable of attaining good
speedup values. The loadbalancing strategy shows an even distribution of work
among the processors. Due to the large demand for using the IBM SP2 parallel
computer at UNIC it has unfortunately not be possible to run as many tests
as we would have liked. We have although managed to solve one problem not
solved before using our parallel algorithm.
A reactive variable neighborhood search for the vehicle routing problem with time windows
 INFORMS Journal on Computing
, 2003
"... The purpose of this paper is to present a new deterministic metaheuristic based on a modification of Variable Neighborhood Search of Mladenovic and Hansen (1997) for solving the vehicle routing problem with time windows. Results are reported for the standard 100, 200 and 400 customer data sets by So ..."
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The purpose of this paper is to present a new deterministic metaheuristic based on a modification of Variable Neighborhood Search of Mladenovic and Hansen (1997) for solving the vehicle routing problem with time windows. Results are reported for the standard 100, 200 and 400 customer data sets by Solomon (1987) and Gehring and Homberger (1999) and two reallife problems by Russell (1995). The findings indicate that the proposed procedure outperforms other recent local searches and metaheuristics. In addition four new bestknown solutions were obtained. The proposed procedure is based on a new fourphase approach. In this approach an initial solution is first created using new route construction heuristics followed by route elimination procedure to improve the solutions regarding the number of vehicles. In the third phase the solutions are improved in terms of total traveled distance using four new local search procedures proposed in this paper. Finally in phase four the best solution obtained is improved by modifying the objective function to escape from a local minimum. (Metaheuristics; Vehicle Routing; Time Windows) 1.
Static Pickup and Delivery Problems: A Classification Scheme and Survey
, 2007
"... Pickup and delivery problems constitute an important class of vehicle routing problems in which objects or people have to be collected and distributed. This paper introduces a general framework to model a large collection of pickup and delivery problems, as well as a threefield classification schem ..."
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Pickup and delivery problems constitute an important class of vehicle routing problems in which objects or people have to be collected and distributed. This paper introduces a general framework to model a large collection of pickup and delivery problems, as well as a threefield classification scheme for these problems. It surveys the methods used for solving them.
A Decomposition Approach for the InventoryRouting Problem
"... informs ® doi 10.1287/trsc.1030.0054 © 2004 INFORMS In this paper, we present a solution approach for the inventoryrouting problem. The inventoryrouting problem is a variation of the vehiclerouting problem that arises in situations where a vendor has the ability to make decisions about the timing ..."
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informs ® doi 10.1287/trsc.1030.0054 © 2004 INFORMS In this paper, we present a solution approach for the inventoryrouting problem. The inventoryrouting problem is a variation of the vehiclerouting problem that arises in situations where a vendor has the ability to make decisions about the timing and sizing of deliveries, as well as the routing, with the restriction that customers are not allowed to run out of product. We develop a twophase approach based on decomposing the set of decisions: A delivery schedule is created first, followed by the construction of a set of delivery routes. The first phase utilizes integer programming, whereas the second phase employs routing and scheduling heuristics. Our focus is on creating a solution methodology appropriate for largescale reallife instances. Computational experiments demonstrating the effectiveness of our approach are presented. Key words: inventory routing; vehicle routing; insertion heuristics; clustering; integer programming
An Improved GRASP Interactive Approach for the Vehicle Routing Problem With Backhauls
 ESSAYS AND SURVEYS ON METAHEURISTICS
, 2001
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A method for vehicle routing problems with multiple vehicle types and time windows
 Proceedings of Natural Science Council
, 1999
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A Bibliography of GRASP
"... This document contains references related to GRASP (greedy randomized adaptive search procedure) that have either appeared in the literature or as technical reports. If you are aware of any uncited reference, incorrectly cited reference, or update to a cited reference, please contact Mauricio G. C. ..."
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This document contains references related to GRASP (greedy randomized adaptive search procedure) that have either appeared in the literature or as technical reports. If you are aware of any uncited reference, incorrectly cited reference, or update to a cited reference, please contact Mauricio G. C. Resende at the address given at the end of this document.
Memory Adaptive Reasoning & Greedy Assignment Techniques For The Capacitated Minimum Spanning Tree Problem
"... : It is the purpose of this paper to investigate e#ects of adding randomization to a memorybased heuristic. The algorithms we propose are applied to the Capacitated Minimum Spanning Tree problem (CMST), and we study the combined e#ects of simultaneously applying a memorybased and a randombased ..."
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: It is the purpose of this paper to investigate e#ects of adding randomization to a memorybased heuristic. The algorithms we propose are applied to the Capacitated Minimum Spanning Tree problem (CMST), and we study the combined e#ects of simultaneously applying a memorybased and a randombased heuristic to the CMST. This paper uses the Adaptive Reasoning Technique (ART) and concepts from the greedy randomized adaptive search procedure for solving the CMST. The resulting hybrid procedure is tested against the standalone EsauWilliams heuristic procedure, as well as the standalone greedy assignment technique. We find that randomization does not constructively add to the memorybased procedure, as ART alone typically outperforms all other approaches in terms of solution quality, while expending a modest amount of computational e#ort. 33.1 INTRODUCTION The capacitated minimum spanning tree problem (CMST) plays an important role in the design of backbone telecommunications ...