Combinatorial Optimization – algorithms


Read the chapters of Sean Luke’s book and the articles listed below. Write short summaries of the articles and the chapters. Then, value them arguably, proposing improvements or possible future lines of research>

– Chapters 0, 1, 2 and 3.
– Caceres-Cruz, J., Arias, P., Guimarans, D., Riera, D., and Juan, A. (2014). Rich Vehicle Routing Problem: Survey. ACM Computing Surveys 47 (2).
– Neufeld, J., Gupta, J.N.D., Buscher, U. (2016). A comprehensive review of flowshop group scheduling
literatura. Computers and Operations Research 70, 56-74.


a) Study the algorithm provided. Implement alternative or complementary procedures to try to improve the results (comment all the experiments performed). Analyze how the parameters affect the results obtained (sensitivity analysis).

b) Prepare a document/paper (maximum 1,000 words) explaining the algorithm provided, and the changes and experiments performed in a). The structure of the document should be as follows:
– Title
– Introduction
– Proposed algorithm
– Computational experiment and analysis of results
– Conclusions and future work

We offer useful guidelines on technical writing based on link:

– Introduction:
State the precise subject of the paper immediately.
State the problem to be solved.
Summarize briefly the main results and conclusions.
Tell the reader how the paper is organized.
– Results:
Plan the results section to achieve the most effective mix of text, figures, and tables in the presentation of the findings.
– Conclusions:
Explain how the theoretical and experimental results relate to the original problem.
State why these results are important.
Summarize any unresolved issues that should be the subject of future work.
State the final conclusions explicitly in plain language.
– General:
Include enough detail in the main body of the paper so that the reader can understand what you did and how you did it; however, you should avoid lengthy discussions of technical details that are not of general interest.                                  Strive for accuracy and clarity above all else.                                                    Allocate space to a topic in proportion to its relative importance.

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