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Solving the traveling salesman problem with annealing-based heuristics: a computational study

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3 Author(s)
Pepper, J.W. ; Mitre Corp., McLean, VA, USA ; Golden, B.L. ; Wasil, E.A.

Recently, several general optimization algorithms based on the demon algorithm from statistical physics have been developed and tested on a few traveling salesman problems with encouraging results. In this paper, we conduct an extensive computational study of 11 annealing-based heuristics for the traveling salesman problem. We code versions of simulated annealing, threshold accepting, record-to-record travel and eight heuristics based on the demon algorithm. We apply each heuristic to 29 traveling salesman problems taken from a well-known online library, compare the results with respect to accuracy and running time and provide insights and suggestions for future work

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 1 )