Title: A non-assignment problem-based formulation for the asymmetric travelling salesman problem and its variation

Authors: Nahid Jafari

Addresses: School of Business, Farmingdale State College (SUNY), Farmingdale, NY, USA

Abstract: In this paper, an exact formulation for the asymmetric travelling salesman problem (ATSP) is presented by approaching it as a single commodity flow problem. This approach is different from existing exact formulations in the literature which are based on the assignment problem (AP), thus, it resolves issues that the AP-based formulations pose for solving certain real world instances by standard integer programming methods such as branch and bound. Moreover, in our computational experiments, half of the total computational time is expended to find the first feasible solution, then it is converged quickly to optimality. In contrast, the AP-based models rapidly computed an initial feasible solution but showed slow convergence to the optimum. Moreover, it is extendable to other variations of the travelling salesman problem (TSP) such as the multiple TSP and the selective TSP.

Keywords: asymmetric travelling salesman problem; ATSP; multiple travelling salesman problem; m-TSP; selective travelling salesman problem.

DOI: 10.1504/IJOR.2019.101461

International Journal of Operational Research, 2019 Vol.35 No.4, pp.575 - 585

Received: 28 Jan 2016
Accepted: 09 Aug 2016

Published online: 02 Aug 2019 *

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