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A hybrid scatter search for the probabilistic traveling salesman problem. (English) Zbl 1185.90162
Summary: The probabilistic traveling salesman problem (PTSP) is an important theoretical and practical topic in the study of stochastic network problems. It provides researchers with a modeling framework for exploring the stochastic effects in routing problems. This paper focuses on developing the hybrid scatter search (HSS) by incorporating the nearest neighbor rule (NNR), threshold accepting (TA) and edge recombination (ER) crossover into a scatter search conceptual framework to solve the PTSP. A set of numerical experiments were conducted to test the validity of the HSS based on the test problems from Tang and Miller-Hooks’ study. The numerical results showed that the HSS can effectively solve the PTSP in most of the tested cases in terms of objective function value. Moreover, the results also indicated that incorporating threshold accepting into the scatter search framework can further increase the computation efficiency while maintaining solution quality. These findings show the potential of the proposed HSS in solving the large-scale PTSP.

MSC:
90C15 Stochastic programming
90C27 Combinatorial optimization
Software:
Scatter Search
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