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An Overview of Representative Problems in Location Research


  • Margaret L. Brandeau

    (Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305)

  • Samuel S. Chiu

    (Engineering-Economic Systems Department, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305)


We present a survey of over 50 representative problems in location research. Our goal is not to review all variants of different location models or to describe solution results, but rather to provide a broad overview of major location problems that have been studied, indicating briefly how they are formulated and how they relate to one another. We review standard problems such as median, center, and warehouse location problems, as well as less traditional location problems which have emerged in recent years. Our primary focus is on problems for which operations research-type models have been developed. Most of the problems we review have been formulated as optimization problems.

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  • Margaret L. Brandeau & Samuel S. Chiu, 1989. "An Overview of Representative Problems in Location Research," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 35(6), pages 645-674, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:35:y:1989:i:6:p:645-674

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