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On the nearest-neighbor algorithm for the mean-field traveling salesman problem. (English) Zbl 1321.90114
Summary: In this work we consider the mean-field traveling salesman problem, where the intercity distances are taken to be independent and identically distributed with some distribution \(F\). We consider the simplest approximation algorithm, namely, the nearest-neighbor algorithm, where the rule is to move to the nearest nonvisited city. We show that the limiting behavior of the total length of the nearest-neighbor tour depends on the scaling properties of the density of \(F\) at 0 and derive the limits for all possible cases of general \(F\).
90C27 Combinatorial optimization
60K37 Processes in random environments
05C85 Graph algorithms (graph-theoretic aspects)
68Q87 Probability in computer science (algorithm analysis, random structures, phase transitions, etc.)
68W25 Approximation algorithms
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