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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
 HANDBOOK OF COMBINATORIAL OPTIMIZATION, P. PARDALOS AND D.Z. DU, EDS.
, 1998
"... This paper aims at describing the state of the art on quadratic assignment problems (QAPs). It discusses the most important developments in all aspects of the QAP such as linearizations, QAP polyhedra, algorithms to solve the problem to optimality, heuristics, polynomially solvable special cases, an ..."
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This paper aims at describing the state of the art on quadratic assignment problems (QAPs). It discusses the most important developments in all aspects of the QAP such as linearizations, QAP polyhedra, algorithms to solve the problem to optimality, heuristics, polynomially solvable special cases, and asymptotic behavior. Moreover, it also considers problems related to the QAP, e.g. the biquadratic assignment problem, and discusses the relationship between the QAP and other well known combinatorial optimization problems, e.g. the traveling salesman problem, the graph partitioning problem, etc. The paper will appear in the Handbook of Combinatorial Optimization to be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, P. Pardalos and D.Z. Du, eds.
Theoretical and Numerical ConstraintHandling Techniques used with Evolutionary Algorithms: A Survey of the State of the Art
, 2002
"... This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the most popular constrainthandling techniques currently used with evolutionary algorithms. We review approaches that go from simple variations of a penalty function, to others, more sophisticated, that are biologically inspired on emulations of the imm ..."
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This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the most popular constrainthandling techniques currently used with evolutionary algorithms. We review approaches that go from simple variations of a penalty function, to others, more sophisticated, that are biologically inspired on emulations of the immune system, culture or ant colonies. Besides describing briefly each of these approaches (or groups of techniques), we provide some criticism regarding their highlights and drawbacks. A small comparative study is also conducted, in order to assess the performance of several penaltybased approaches with respect to a dominancebased technique proposed by the author, and with respect to some mathematical programming approaches. Finally, we provide some guidelines regarding how to select the most appropriate constrainthandling technique for a certain application, ad we conclude with some of the the most promising paths of future research in this area.
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...
Fitness Landscape Analysis and Memetic Algorithms for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
, 1999
"... In this paper, a fitness landscape analysis for several instances of the quadratic assignment problem (QAP) is performed and the results are used to classify problem instances according to their hardness for local search heuristics and metaheuristics based on local search. The local properties of t ..."
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In this paper, a fitness landscape analysis for several instances of the quadratic assignment problem (QAP) is performed and the results are used to classify problem instances according to their hardness for local search heuristics and metaheuristics based on local search. The local properties of the tness landscape are studied by performing an autocorrelation analysis, while the global structure is investigated by employing a fitness distance correlation analysis. It is shown that epistasis, as expressed by the dominance of the flow and distance matrices of a QAP instance, the landscape ruggedness in terms of the correlation length of a landscape, and the correlation between fitness and distance of local optima in the landscape together are useful for predicting the performance of memetic algorithms  evolutionary algorithms incorporating local search  to a certain extent. Thus, based on these properties a favorable choice of recombination and/or mutation operators can be found.
A Genetic Local Search Approach to the Quadratic Assignment Problem
 in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Genetic Algorithms
, 1997
"... Augmenting genetic algorithms with local search heuristics is a promising approach to the solution of combinatorial optimization problems. In this paper, a genetic local search approach to the quadratic assignment problem (QAP) is presented. New genetic operators for realizing the approach are descr ..."
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Augmenting genetic algorithms with local search heuristics is a promising approach to the solution of combinatorial optimization problems. In this paper, a genetic local search approach to the quadratic assignment problem (QAP) is presented. New genetic operators for realizing the approach are described, and its performance is tested on various QAP instances containing between 30 and 256 facilities/locations. The results indicate that the proposed algorithm is able to arrive at high quality solutions in a relatively short time limit: for the largest publicly known problem instance, a new best solution could be found. 1 INTRODUCTION In the quadratic assignment problem (QAP), n facilities have to be assigned to n locations at minimum cost. Given a set \Pi(n) of all permutations of f1; 2; : : : ; ng and two n \Theta n matrices A = (a ij ) and B = (b ij ), the task is to minimize the quantity C(ß) = n X i=1 n X j=1 a ij b ß(i)ß(j) ; ß 2 \Pi(n): (1) Matrix A can be interpreted as a ...
Evolutionary computation in structural design
 Journal of Engineering with Computers
, 2001
"... Evolutionary computation is emerging as a new engineering computational paradigm, which may significantly change the present structural design practice. For this reason, an extensive study of evolutionary computation in the context of structural design has been conducted in the Information Technolog ..."
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Evolutionary computation is emerging as a new engineering computational paradigm, which may significantly change the present structural design practice. For this reason, an extensive study of evolutionary computation in the context of structural design has been conducted in the Information Technology and Engineering School at George Mason University and its results are reported here. First, a general introduction to evolutionary computation is presented and recent developments in this field are briefly described. Next, the field of evolutionary design is introduced and its relevance to structural design is explained. Further, the issue of creativity/novelty is discussed and possible ways of achieving it during a structural design process are suggested. Current research progress in building engineering systems ’ representations, one of the key issues in evolutionary design, is subsequently discussed. Next, recent developments in constrainthandling methods in evolutionary optimization are reported. Further, the rapidly growing field of evolutionary multiobjective optimization is presented and briefly described. An emerging subfield of coevolutionary design is subsequently introduced and its current advancements reported. Next, a comprehensive review of the applications of evolutionary computation in structural design is provided and chronologically classified. Finally, a summary of the current research status and a discussion on the most promising paths of future research are also presented.
A Comparison of Memetic Algorithms, Tabu Search, and Ant Colonies for the Quadratic Assignment Problem
 Proc. Congress on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE
, 1999
"... A memetic algorithm (MA), i.e. an evolutionary algorithm making use of local search, for the quadratic assignment problem is presented. A new recombination operator for realizing the approach is described, and the behavior of the MA is investigated on a set of problem instances containing between 25 ..."
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A memetic algorithm (MA), i.e. an evolutionary algorithm making use of local search, for the quadratic assignment problem is presented. A new recombination operator for realizing the approach is described, and the behavior of the MA is investigated on a set of problem instances containing between 25 and 100 facilities/locations. The results indicate that the proposed MA is able to produce high quality solutions quickly. A comparison of the MA with some of the currently best alternative approaches  reactive tabu search, robust tabu search and the fast ant colony system  demonstrates that the MA outperforms its competitors on all studied problem instances of practical interest. 1 Introduction The problem of assigning a set of facilities (with given flows between them) to a set of locations (with given distances between them) in such a way that the sum of the product between flows and distances is minimized is known as the facilities location problem [1] or the quadratic assignment ...
Adaptive Memory Programming: A Unified View of Metaheuristics
, 1998
"... The paper analyses recent developments of a number of memorybased metaheuristics such as taboo search, scatter search, genetic algorithms and ant colonies. It shows that the implementations of these general solving methods are more and more similar. So, a unified presentation is proposed under the ..."
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The paper analyses recent developments of a number of memorybased metaheuristics such as taboo search, scatter search, genetic algorithms and ant colonies. It shows that the implementations of these general solving methods are more and more similar. So, a unified presentation is proposed under the name of Adaptive Memory Programming (AMP). A number of methods recently developed for the quadratic assignment, vehicle routing and graph colouring problems are reviewed and presented under the adaptive memory programming point of view. AMP presents a number of interesting aspects such as a high parallelization potential and the ability of dealing with real and dynamic applications.
A Survey of Constraint Handling Techniques used with Evolutionary Algorithms
 Laboratorio Nacional de Informática Avanzada
, 1999
"... Despite the extended applicability of evolutionary algorithms to a wide range of domains, the fact that these algorithms are unconstrained optimization techniques leaves open the issue regarding how to incorporate constraints of any kind (linear, nonlinear, equality and inequality) into the fitness ..."
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Despite the extended applicability of evolutionary algorithms to a wide range of domains, the fact that these algorithms are unconstrained optimization techniques leaves open the issue regarding how to incorporate constraints of any kind (linear, nonlinear, equality and inequality) into the fitness function as to search efficiently. The main goal of this paper is to provide a detailed and comprehensive survey of the many constraint handling approaches that have been proposed for evolutionary algorithms, analyzing in each case their advantages and disadvantages, and concluding with some of the most promising paths of research.