Multilevel Refinement for the Vehicle Routing Problem

D. Rodney, A. Soper & C. Walshaw


Multilevel approaches to computational problems are pervasive across many areas of applied mathematics and scientific computing. The multilevel paradigm uses recursive coarsening to create a hierarchy of approximations to the original problem, then an initial solution is found for the coarsest problem and iteratively refined and improved at each level, coarsest to finest. The solution process is aided by the global perspective (or `global view') imparted to the optimisation by the coarsening. This paper looks at their application to the Vehicle Routing Problem.

Thu Dec 15 20:46:39 GMT 2005