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Tabu search for the BWC problem


  • Daniel Berend
  • Ephraim Korach
  • Shira Zucker



Given a graph G and positive integers B and W, the BWC problem asks about the existence of a coloring of G, with B black and W white vertices, such that there is no edge between a black and a white vertex. We suggest a heuristic, based on tabu search, which yields quite good results for this problem. We compare the performance of our algorithm to that of several other known heuristics, and also to what one might expect based on some theoretical results we obtained for the checked graphs. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2012

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  • Daniel Berend & Ephraim Korach & Shira Zucker, 2012. "Tabu search for the BWC problem," Journal of Global Optimization, Springer, vol. 54(4), pages 649-667, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jglopt:v:54:y:2012:i:4:p:649-667
    DOI: 10.1007/s10898-011-9783-1

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    1. Hertz, A., 1991. "Tabu search for large scale timetabling problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 54(1), pages 39-47, September.
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    1. Thomas Weise & Yuezhong Wu & Raymond Chiong & Ke Tang & Jörg Lässig, 2016. "Global versus local search: the impact of population sizes on evolutionary algorithm performance," Journal of Global Optimization, Springer, vol. 66(3), pages 511-534, November.

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    Anticoloring; BWC problem; Tabu search; Heuristic;


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