An Improved Algorithm for Optimal Bin Packing

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An Improved Algorithm for Optimal Bin Packing
Given a set of numbers, and a set of bins of fixed capacity, the NP-complete problem of bin packing is to find the minimum number of bins needed to contain the numbers, such that the sum of the numbers assigned to each bin does not exceed the bin capacity. We present two improvements to our previous bin-completion algorithm. The first speeds up the constant factor per node generation, and the second prunes redundant parts of the search tree. The resulting algorithm appears to be asymptotically faster than our original algorithm. On problems with 90 elements, it runs over 14 times faster. Furthermore, the ratios of node generations and running times both increase with increasing problem size.
Richard E. Korf
Added 31 Oct 2010
Updated 31 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2003
Authors Richard E. Korf
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