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The Ant System: Optimization by a colony of cooperating agents
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SYSTEMS, MAN, AND CYBERNETICSPART B
, 1996
"... An analogy with the way ant colonies function has suggested the definition of a new computational paradigm, which we call Ant System. We propose it as a viable new approach to stochastic combinatorial optimization. The main characteristics of this model are positive feedback, distributed computation ..."
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An analogy with the way ant colonies function has suggested the definition of a new computational paradigm, which we call Ant System. We propose it as a viable new approach to stochastic combinatorial optimization. The main characteristics of this model are positive feedback, distributed computation, and the use of a constructive greedy heuristic. Positive feedback accounts for rapid discovery of good solutions, distributed computation avoids premature convergence, and the greedy heuristic helps find acceptable solutions in the early stages of the search process. We apply the proposed methodology to the classical Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP), and report simulation results. We also discuss parameter selection and the early setups of the model, and compare it with tabu search and simulated annealing using TSP. To demonstrate the robustness of the approach, we show how the Ant System (AS) can be applied to other optimization problems like the asymmetric traveling salesman, the quadrat...
On Evolution, Search, Optimization, Genetic Algorithms and Martial Arts  Towards Memetic Algorithms
, 1989
"... Short abstract, isn't it? P.A.C.S. numbers 05.20, 02.50, 87.10 1 Introduction Large Numbers "...the optimal tour displayed (see Figure 6) is the possible unique tour having one arc fixed from among 10 655 tours that are possible among 318 points and have one arc fixed. Assuming that one could ..."
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Short abstract, isn't it? P.A.C.S. numbers 05.20, 02.50, 87.10 1 Introduction Large Numbers "...the optimal tour displayed (see Figure 6) is the possible unique tour having one arc fixed from among 10 655 tours that are possible among 318 points and have one arc fixed. Assuming that one could possibly enumerate 10 9 tours per second on a computer it would thus take roughly 10 639 years of computing to establish the optimality of this tour by exhaustive enumeration." This quote shows the real difficulty of a combinatorial optimization problem. The huge number of configurations is the primary difficulty when dealing with one of these problems. The quote belongs to M.W Padberg and M. Grotschel, Chap. 9., "Polyhedral computations", from the book The Traveling Salesman Problem: A Guided tour of Combinatorial Optimization [124]. It is interesting to compare the number of configurations of realworld problems in combinatorial optimization with those large numbers arising in Cosmol...
QAPLIB  A Quadratic Assignment Problem Library
, 1996
"... This report, the data and also most of the best feasible solutions are available via World Wide Web. The URLs of the QAPLIB Home Page are http://www.opt.math.tugraz.ac.at/qaplib/ ..."
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This report, the data and also most of the best feasible solutions are available via World Wide Web. The URLs of the QAPLIB Home Page are http://www.opt.math.tugraz.ac.at/qaplib/
Very LargeScale Neighborhood Search for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
 DISCRETE APPLIED MATHEMATICS
, 2002
"... The Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP) consists of assigning n facilities to n locations so as to minimize the total weighted cost of interactions between facilities. The QAP arises in many diverse settings, is known to be NPhard, and can be solved to optimality only for fairly small size instances ..."
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The Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP) consists of assigning n facilities to n locations so as to minimize the total weighted cost of interactions between facilities. The QAP arises in many diverse settings, is known to be NPhard, and can be solved to optimality only for fairly small size instances (typically, n < 25). Neighborhood search algorithms are the most popular heuristic algorithms to solve larger size instances of the QAP. The most extensively used neighborhood structure for the QAP is the 2exchange neighborhood. This neighborhood is obtained by swapping the locations of two facilities and thus has size O(n²). Previous efforts to explore larger size neighborhoods (such as 3exchange or 4exchange neighborhoods) were not very successful, as it took too long to evaluate the larger set of neighbors. In this paper, we propose very largescale neighborhood (VLSN) search algorithms where the size of the neighborhood is very large and we propose a novel search procedure to heuristically enumerate good neighbors. Our search procedure relies on the concept of improvement graph which allows us to evaluate neighbors much faster than the existing methods. We present extensive computational results of our algorithms on standard benchmark instances. These investigations reveal that very largescale neighborhood search algorithms give consistently better solutions compared the popular 2exchange neighborhood algorithms considering both the solution time and solution accuracy.
The Quadratic Assignment Problem: A Survey and Recent Developments
 In Proceedings of the DIMACS Workshop on Quadratic Assignment Problems, volume 16 of DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
, 1994
"... . Quadratic Assignment Problems model many applications in diverse areas such as operations research, parallel and distributed computing, and combinatorial data analysis. In this paper we survey some of the most important techniques, applications, and methods regarding the quadratic assignment probl ..."
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. Quadratic Assignment Problems model many applications in diverse areas such as operations research, parallel and distributed computing, and combinatorial data analysis. In this paper we survey some of the most important techniques, applications, and methods regarding the quadratic assignment problem. We focus our attention on recent developments. 1. Introduction Given a set N = f1; 2; : : : ; ng and n \Theta n matrices F = (f ij ) and D = (d kl ), the quadratic assignment problem (QAP) can be stated as follows: min p2\Pi N n X i=1 n X j=1 f ij d p(i)p(j) + n X i=1 c ip(i) ; where \Pi N is the set of all permutations of N . One of the major applications of the QAP is in location theory where the matrix F = (f ij ) is the flow matrix, i.e. f ij is the flow of materials from facility i to facility j, and D = (d kl ) is the distance matrix, i.e. d kl represents the distance from location k to location l [62, 67, 137]. The cost of simultaneously assigning facility i to locat...
Genetic Hybrids for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
 DIMACS Series in Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
, 1993
"... . A new hybrid procedure that combines genetic operators to existing heuristics is proposed to solve the Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP). Genetic operators are found to improve the performance of both local search and tabu search. Some guidelines are also given to design good hybrid schemes. Thes ..."
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. A new hybrid procedure that combines genetic operators to existing heuristics is proposed to solve the Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP). Genetic operators are found to improve the performance of both local search and tabu search. Some guidelines are also given to design good hybrid schemes. These hybrid algorithms are then used to improve on the best known solutions of many test problems in the literature. 1. Introduction The quadratic assignment problem (QAP) can be stated as: min OE2P (n) n X i=1 n X j=1 a ij b OE(i)OE(j) ; where A = (a ij ) and B = (b kl ) are two n \Theta n matrices and P (n) is the set of all permutations of f1; :::; ng. Matrix A is often referred to as a distance matrix between sites, and B as a flow matrix between objects. In most cases, the matrices A and B are symmetrical with a null diagonal. A permutation may then be interpreted as an assignment of objects to sites with a quadratic cost associated to it. There are many applications that can be fo...
Semidefinite Programming Relaxations For The Quadratic Assignment Problem
, 1998
"... Semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxations for the quadratic assignment problem (QAP) are derived using the dual of the (homogenized) Lagrangian dual of appropriate equivalent representations of QAP. These relaxations result in the interesting, special, case where only the dual problem of the SDP re ..."
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Semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxations for the quadratic assignment problem (QAP) are derived using the dual of the (homogenized) Lagrangian dual of appropriate equivalent representations of QAP. These relaxations result in the interesting, special, case where only the dual problem of the SDP relaxation has strict interior, i.e. the Slater constraint qualification always fails for the primal problem. Although there is no duality gap in theory, this indicates that the relaxation cannot be solved in a numerically stable way. By exploring the geometrical structure of the relaxation, we are able to find projected SDP relaxations. These new relaxations, and their duals, satisfy the Slater constraint qualification, and so can be solved numerically using primaldual interiorpoint methods. For one of our models, a preconditioned conjugate gradient method is used for solving the large linear systems which arise when finding the Newton direction. The preconditioner is found by exploiting th...
Solving Large Quadratic Assignment Problems on Computational Grids
, 2000
"... The quadratic assignment problem (QAP) is among the hardest combinatorial optimization problems. Some instances of size n = 30 have remained unsolved for decades. The solution of these problems requires both improvements in mathematical programming algorithms and the utilization of powerful computat ..."
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The quadratic assignment problem (QAP) is among the hardest combinatorial optimization problems. Some instances of size n = 30 have remained unsolved for decades. The solution of these problems requires both improvements in mathematical programming algorithms and the utilization of powerful computational platforms. In this article we describe a novel approach to solve QAPs using a stateoftheart branchandbound algorithm running on a federation of geographically distributed resources known as a computational grid. Solution of QAPs of unprecedented complexity, including the nug30, kra30b, and tho30 instances, is reported.
A Genetic Approach to the Quadratic Assignment Problem
, 1995
"... The Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP) is a wellknown combinatorial optimization problem with a wide variety of practical applications. Although many heuristics and semienumerative procedures for QAP have been proposed, no dominant algorithm has emerged. In this paper, we describe a Genetic Algori ..."
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The Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP) is a wellknown combinatorial optimization problem with a wide variety of practical applications. Although many heuristics and semienumerative procedures for QAP have been proposed, no dominant algorithm has emerged. In this paper, we describe a Genetic Algorithm (GA) approach to QAP. Genetic algorithms are a class of randomized parallel search heuristics which emulate biological natural selection on a population of feasible solutions. We present computational results which show that this GA approach finds solutions competitive with those of the best previouslyknown heuristics, and argue that genetic algorithms provide a particularly robust method for QAP and its more complex extensions. 5 A Genetic Approach to the Quadratic Assignment Problem David M. Tate and Alice E. Smith Department of Industrial Engineering 1048 Benedum Hall University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 15261 4126249837 4126249831 (Fax) 1. Introduction The Quadrat...
A New Lower Bound via Projection for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
 Mathematics of Operations Research
, 1992
"... New lower bounds for the quadratic assignment problem QAP are presented. These bounds are based on the orthogonal relaxation of QAP. The additional improvement is obtained by making efficient use of a tractable representation of orthogonal matrices having constant row and column sums. The new bound ..."
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New lower bounds for the quadratic assignment problem QAP are presented. These bounds are based on the orthogonal relaxation of QAP. The additional improvement is obtained by making efficient use of a tractable representation of orthogonal matrices having constant row and column sums. The new bound is easy to implement and often provides high quality bounds under an acceptable computational effort. Key Words: quadratic assignment problem, lower bounds, relaxations, orthogonal projection, eigenvalue bounds. 0 The authors would like to thank the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Austrian Science Foundatation (FWF) for their support. 1 Introduction The Quadratic Assignment Problem QAP is a generic model for various problems arising e.g. in location theory, VLSI design, facility layout, keyboard design and many other areas, see [1] for a recent survey on the QAP. Formally the QAP consists of minimizing f(X) = tr(AXB t + C)X t over the set of permu...