Multilevel Refinement for Combinatorial Optimisation Problems

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Multilevel Refinement for Combinatorial Optimisation Problems
We consider the multilevel paradigm and its potential to aid the solution of combinatorial optimisation problems. The multilevel paradigm is a simple one, which at its most basic involves recursive coarsening to create a hierarchy of approximations to the original problem. An initial solution is found (sometimes for the original problem, sometimes at the coarsest level) and then iteratively refined at each level. As a general solution strategy the multilevel procedure has been in use for many years and has been applied to many problem areas (most notably multigrid). However, with the exception of the graph partitioning problem, multilevel techniques have not been widely applied to combinatorial optimisation problems. In this paper we address the issue of multilevel refinement for such problems and, with the aid of examples and results in graph partitioning, graph colouring and the travelling salesman problem, make a case for its use as a meta-heuristic. The results provide compelling ...
Chris Walshaw
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Type Journal
Year 2004
Where ANOR
Authors Chris Walshaw
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