An efficient hybrid search algorithm for various optimization problems
AbstractThis paper describes a detailed study of a recursive search algorithm for different optimization problems. Although the algorithm has been originally developed for a project scheduling problem with financial objectives, we show that it can be extended to many other application areas and therefore, can serve as a sub-procedure for various optimization problems. The contribution of the paper is threefold. First, we present a hybrid recursive search procedure for the project scheduling problem with net present value maximization and compare it with state-of-the-art procedures by means of computational tests. Second, we show how the procedure can be adapted to two other application areas: project scheduling with work continuity minimization and the open pit mining problem. Last, we highlight some future research areas where this hybrid procedure might bring a promising contribution.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in its series Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium with number 06/365.
Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
Date of revision:
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Mario Vanhoucke & Erik Demeulemeester & Willy Herroelen, 2001. "On Maximizing the Net Present Value of a Project Under Renewable Resource Constraints," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 47(8), pages 1113-1121, August.
- Herroelen, Willy S. & Gallens, Els, 1993. "Computational experience with an optimal procedure for the scheduling of activities to maximize the net present value of projects," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 274-277, March.
- A. H. Russell, 1970. "Cash Flows in Networks," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 16(5), pages 357-373, January.
- Elmaghraby, Salah E. & Herroelen, Willy S., 1990. "The scheduling of activities to maximize the net present value of projects," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 35-49, November.
- Vanhoucke, Mario & Demeulemeester, Erik & Herroelen, Willy, 2003. "Progress payments in project scheduling problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 148(3), pages 604-620, August.
- Herroelen, Willy S. & Van Dommelen, Patrick & Demeulemeester, Erik L., 1997. "Project network models with discounted cash flows a guided tour through recent developments," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 100(1), pages 97-121, July.
- Bruce Faaland & Kiseog Kim & Tom Schmitt, 1990. "A New Algorithm for Computing the Maximal Closure of a Graph," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 36(3), pages 315-331, March.
- M. Vanhoucke, 2004. "Work Continuity Constraints In Project Scheduling," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 04/265, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
- Khaled El-Rayes & Osama Moselhi, 1998. "Resource-driven scheduling of repetitive activities," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(4), pages 433-446.
- Jean-Claude Picard, 1976. "Maximal Closure of a Graph and Applications to Combinatorial Problems," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 22(11), pages 1268-1272, July.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Nathalie Verhaeghe).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.