A hybrid heuristic method for combinatorial optimization problems is proposed that combines different classical techniques such as tree search procedures, bounding schemes and local search. The proposed method enhances the classic beam search approach by applying to each partial solution corresponding to a node selected by the beam, a further test that checks whether the current partial solution is dominated by another partial solution at the same level of the search tree. If this is the case, the latter solution becomes the new current partial solution. This step allows to partially recover from previous wrong decisions of the beam search procedure and can be seen as a local search step on the partial solution. We present here the application to two well known combinatorial optimization problems: the two-machine total completion time flow shop scheduling problem and the uncapacitated p-median location problem. In both cases the method strongly improves the performances with respect to the basic beam search approach and is competitive with the state of the art heuristics.
Recovering Beam Search: enhancing the beam search approach for combinatorial optimization problems / DELLA CROCE DI DOJOLA F.; M. GHIRARDI; R. TADEI. - In: JOURNAL OF HEURISTICS. - ISSN 1381-1231. - 10(2004), pp. 89-104.
|Titolo:||Recovering Beam Search: enhancing the beam search approach for combinatorial optimization problems|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:HEUR.0000019987.10818.e0|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|