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A Perturbation Scheme to Improve Hillier's Solution to the Facilities Layout Problem


  • Christopher J. Picone

    (Mare Island Naval Shipyard)

  • Wilbert E. Wilhelm

    (Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210)


This paper describes a new heuristic, the Revised Hillier procedure, for solving the facilities layout problem. It incorporates the effective features of the well-known Hillier procedure in combination with 3-way and 4-way exchanges to extend the neighborhood over which the search for a solution is conducted. Performance of the new heuristic is compared with that of CRAFT and the original Hillier procedure using a set of "standard" test problems; the Revised Hillier procedure yields solutions of higher quality while requiring only modest increases in computer run time.

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  • Christopher J. Picone & Wilbert E. Wilhelm, 1984. "A Perturbation Scheme to Improve Hillier's Solution to the Facilities Layout Problem," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 30(10), pages 1238-1249, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:30:y:1984:i:10:p:1238-1249

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    1. Ian I. Mitroff, 1972. "The Myth of Objectivity OR Why Science Needs a New Psychology of Science," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 18(10), pages 613-618, June.
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    1. Li, Wu-Ji & Smith, J. MacGregor, 1995. "An algorithm for Quadratic Assignment Problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 81(1), pages 205-216, February.
    2. Kim, J. -Y. & Kim, Y. -D., 1995. "Graph theoretic heuristics for unequal-sized facility layout problems," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 391-401, August.
    3. Chiang, Wen-Chyuan & Chiang, Chi, 1998. "Intelligent local search strategies for solving facility layout problems with the quadratic assignment problem formulation," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 106(2-3), pages 457-488, April.


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