This paper deals with the two-stage transportation problem with fixed charges, denoted by TSTPFC. We propose a fast solving method, designed for parallel environments, that allows solving real-world applications efficiently. The proposed constructive heuristic algorithm is iterative and its primary feature is that the solution search domain is reduced at each iteration. Our achieved computational results were compared with those of the existing solution approaches. We tested the method on two sets of instances available in literature. The outputs prove that we have identified a very competitive approach as compared to the methods than one can find in literature.
Pub. online:19 May 2020Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 31, Issue 2 (2020), pp. 205–224
We consider a geographical region with spatially separated customers, whose demand is currently served by some pre-existing facilities owned by different firms. An entering firm wants to compete for this market locating some new facilities. Trying to guarantee a future satisfactory captured demand for each new facility, the firm imposes a constraint over its possible locations (a finite set of candidates): a new facility will be opened only if a minimal market share is captured in the short-term. To check that, it is necessary to know the exact captured demand by each new facility. It is supposed that customers follow the partially binary choice rule to satisfy its demand. If there are several new facilities with maximal attraction for a customer, we consider that the proportion of demand captured by the entering firm will be equally distributed among such facilities (equity-based rule). This ties breaking rule involves that we will deal with a nonlinear constrained discrete competitive facility location problem. Moreover, minimal attraction conditions for customers and distances approximated by intervals have been incorporated to deal with a more realistic model. To solve this nonlinear model, we first linearize the model, which allows to solve small size problems because of its complexity, and then, for bigger size problems, a heuristic algorithm is proposed, which could also be used to solve other constrained problems.
Pub. online:1 Jan 2016Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 27, Issue 2 (2016), pp. 451–462
A new heuristic algorithm for solution of bi-objective discrete competitive facility location problems is developed and experimentally investigated by solving different instances of a facility location problem for firm expansion. The proposed algorithm is based on ranking of candidate locations for the new facilities, where rank values are dynamically adjusted with respect to behaviour of the algorithm. Results of the experimental investigation show that the proposed algorithm is suitable for the latter facility location problems and provides good results in sense of accuracy of the approximation of the true Pareto front.
Pub. online:1 Jan 2006Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 17, Issue 2 (2006), pp. 237–258
Recently, genetic algorithms (GAs) and their hybrids have achieved great success in solving difficult combinatorial optimization problems. In this paper, the issues related to the performance of the genetic search in the context of the grey pattern problem (GPP) are discussed. The main attention is paid to the investigation of the solution recombination, i.e., crossover operators which play an important role by developing robust genetic algorithms. We implemented seven crossover operators within the hybrid genetic algorithm (HGA) framework, and carried out the computational experiments in order to test the influence of the recombination operators to the genetic search process. We examined the one point crossover, the uniform like crossover, the cycle crossover, the swap path crossover, and others. A so-called multiple parent crossover based on a special type of recombination of several solutions was tried, too. The results obtained from the experiments on the GPP test instances demonstrate promising efficiency of the swap path and multiple parent crossovers.