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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.
The traveling salesman problem
, 1994
"... This paper presents a selfcontained introduction into algorithmic and computational aspects of the traveling salesman problem and of related problems, along with their theoretical prerequisites as seen from the point of view of an operations researcher who wants to solve practical problem instances ..."
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This paper presents a selfcontained introduction into algorithmic and computational aspects of the traveling salesman problem and of related problems, along with their theoretical prerequisites as seen from the point of view of an operations researcher who wants to solve practical problem instances. Extensive computational results are reported on most of the algorithms described. Optimal solutions are reported for instances with sizes up to several thousand nodes as well as heuristic solutions with provably very high quality for larger instances. This is a preliminary version of one of the chapters of the volume “Networks”
Approximating Minimum Bounded Degree Spanning Trees to within One of Optimal
 In Proc. of ACM Symposium on Theory of computing (STOC
, 2007
"... ABSTRACT In the MINIMUM BOUNDED DEGREE SPANNING TREE problem,we are given an undirected graph with a degree upper bound Bv oneach vertex v, and the task is to find a spanning tree of minimumcost which satisfies all the degree bounds. Let OPT be the costof an optimal solution to this problem. In this ..."
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ABSTRACT In the MINIMUM BOUNDED DEGREE SPANNING TREE problem,we are given an undirected graph with a degree upper bound Bv oneach vertex v, and the task is to find a spanning tree of minimumcost which satisfies all the degree bounds. Let OPT be the costof an optimal solution to this problem. In this paper, we present a polynomial time algorithm which returns a spanning tree T ofcost at most OPT and dT (v) ^ Bv + 1 for all v, where dT (v)denotes the degree of v in T. This generalizes a result of Furerand Raghavachari [8] to weighted graphs, and settles a 15yearold conjecture of Goemans [10] affirmatively. The algorithm generalizes when each vertex v has a degree lower bound Av and a degreeupper bound Bv, and returns a spanning tree with cost at most OPTand Av \Gamma 1 ^ dT (v) ^ Bv + 1 for all v. This is essentially thebest possible. The main technique used is an extension of the iterative rounding method introduced by Jain [12] for the design ofapproximation algorithms.
MINIMUMWEIGHT TWOCONNECTED SPANNING NETWORKS
, 1990
"... We consider the problem of constructing a minimumweight, twoconnected network spanning all the points in a set V. We assume a symmetric, nonnegative distance function d ( ' ) defined on V x V which satisfies the triangle inequality. We obtain a structural characterization of optimal solution ..."
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We consider the problem of constructing a minimumweight, twoconnected network spanning all the points in a set V. We assume a symmetric, nonnegative distance function d ( ' ) defined on V x V which satisfies the triangle inequality. We obtain a structural characterization of optimal solutions. Specifically, there exists an optimal twoconnected solution whose vertices all have degree 2 or 3, and such that the removal of any edge or pair of edges leaves a bridge in the resulting connected components. These are the strongest possible conditions on the structure of an optimal solution since we also show thar any twoconnected graph satisfying these conditions is the unique optimal solution for a particular choice of 'canonical' distances satisfying the triangle inequality. we use these properties to show that the weight of an optimal traveling salesman cycle i, uiort f times the weight of an optimal twoconnected solution; examples are provided which approach this bound arbiirarily closely. In addition, we obtain similar results for the variation of thii problem where the network need only span a prespecified subset of the points.
Minimum Bounded Degree Spanning Trees
, 2006
"... We consider the minimum cost spanning tree problem under the restriction that all degrees must be at most a given value k. We show that we can efficiently find a spanning tree of maximum degree at most k + 2 whose cost is at most the cost of the optimum spanning tree of maximum degree at most k. Thi ..."
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We consider the minimum cost spanning tree problem under the restriction that all degrees must be at most a given value k. We show that we can efficiently find a spanning tree of maximum degree at most k + 2 whose cost is at most the cost of the optimum spanning tree of maximum degree at most k. This is almost best possible. The approach uses a sequence of simple algebraic, polyhedral and combinatorial arguments. It illustrates many techniques and ideas in combinatorial optimization as it involves polyhedral characterizations, uncrossing, matroid intersection, and graph orientations (or packing of spanning trees). The result generalizes to the setting where every vertex has both upper and lower bounds and gives then a spanning tree which violates the bounds by at most two units and whose cost is at most the cost of the optimum tree. It also gives a better understanding of the subtour relaxation for both the symmetric and asymmetric traveling salesman problems. The generalization to ledgeconnected subgraphs is briefly discussed.
WorstCase Comparison of Valid Inequalities for the TSP
 MATH. PROG
, 1995
"... We consider most of the known classes of valid inequalities for the graphical travelling salesman polyhedron and compute the worstcase improvement resulting from their addition to the subtour polyhedron. For example, we show that the comb inequalities cannot improve the subtour bound by a factor gr ..."
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We consider most of the known classes of valid inequalities for the graphical travelling salesman polyhedron and compute the worstcase improvement resulting from their addition to the subtour polyhedron. For example, we show that the comb inequalities cannot improve the subtour bound by a factor greater than 10/9. The corresponding factor for the class of clique tree inequalities is 8/7, while it is 4/3 for the path configuration inequalities.
Implementing the DantzigFulkersonJohnson Algorithm for Large Traveling Salesman Problems
, 2003
"... Dantzig, Fulkerson, and Johnson (1954) introduced the cuttingplane method as a means of attacking the traveling salesman problem; this method has been applied to broad classes of problems in combinatorial optimization and integer programming. In this paper we discuss an implementation of Dantzig et ..."
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Dantzig, Fulkerson, and Johnson (1954) introduced the cuttingplane method as a means of attacking the traveling salesman problem; this method has been applied to broad classes of problems in combinatorial optimization and integer programming. In this paper we discuss an implementation of Dantzig et al.'s method that is suitable for TSP instances having 1,000,000 or more cities. Our aim is to use the study of the TSP as a step towards understanding the applicability and limits of the general cuttingplane method in largescale applications.
The Steiner tree polytope and related polyhedra
, 1994
"... We consider the vertexweighted version of the undirected Steiner tree problem. In this problem, a cost is incurred both for the vertices and the edges present in the Steiner tree. We completely describe the associated polytope by linear inequalities when the underlying graph is seriesparallel. For ..."
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We consider the vertexweighted version of the undirected Steiner tree problem. In this problem, a cost is incurred both for the vertices and the edges present in the Steiner tree. We completely describe the associated polytope by linear inequalities when the underlying graph is seriesparallel. For general graphs, this formulation can be interpreted as a (partial) extended formulation for the Steiner tree problem. By projecting this formulation, we obtain some very large classes of facetdefining valid inequalities for the Steiner tree polytope.