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Iterated tabu search for the circular open dimension problem

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  • Fu, Zhanghua
  • Huang, Wenqi
  • Lü, Zhipeng

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This paper investigates the circular open dimension problem (CODP), which consists of packing a set of circles of known radii into a strip of fixed width and unlimited length without overlapping. The objective is to minimize the length of the strip. In this paper, CODP is solved by a series of sub-problems, each corresponding to a fixed strip length. For each sub-problem, an iterated tabu search approach, named ITS, is proposed. ITS starts from a randomly generated solution and attempts to gain improvements by a tabu search procedure. After that, if the obtained solution is not feasible, a perturbation operator is subsequently employed to reconstruct the incumbent solution and an acceptance criterion is implemented to determine whether or not accept the perturbed solution. As a supplementary method, the length of the strip is determined in monotonously decreasing way, with the aid of some post-processing techniques. The search terminates and returns the best found solution after the allowed computation time has been elapsed. Computational experiments based on numerous well-known benchmark instances show that ITS produces quite competitive results, with respect to the best known results, while the computational time remains reasonable for each instance.

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  • Fu, Zhanghua & Huang, Wenqi & Lü, Zhipeng, 2013. "Iterated tabu search for the circular open dimension problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 225(2), pages 236-243.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:225:y:2013:i:2:p:236-243
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2012.10.022
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    1. López, C.O. & Beasley, J.E., 2016. "A formulation space search heuristic for packing unequal circles in a fixed size circular container," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 251(1), pages 64-73.
    2. Zeng, Zhizhong & Yu, Xinguo & He, Kun & Huang, Wenqi & Fu, Zhanghua, 2016. "Iterated Tabu Search and Variable Neighborhood Descent for packing unequal circles into a circular container," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 250(2), pages 615-627.

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