An instance of the quadratic assignment problem (QAP) with cost matrix Q is said to be linearizable if there exists an instance of the linear assignment problem (LAP) with cost matrix C such that for each assignment, the QAP and LAP objective function values are identical. The QAP linearization problem can be solved in O(n4) … Read more

Experimental analysis of heuristics for the bottleneck traveling salesman problem

In this paper we develop efficient heuristic algorithms to solve the bottleneck traveling salesman problem (BTSP). Results of extensive computational experiments are reported. Our heuristics produced optimal solutions for all the test problems considered from TSPLIB, JM-instances, National TSP instances, and VLSI TSP instances in very reasonable running time. We also conducted experiments with specially … Read more

The minimum spanning tree problem with conflict constraints and its variations

We consider the minimum spanning tree problem with conflict constraints (MSTC). It is observed that computing an $\epsilon$-optimal solution to MSTC is NP-hard for any $\epsilon >0$. For a general conflict graph, computing even a feasible solution is NP-hard. When the underlying graph is a cactus, we show that the feasibility problem is polynomially bounded … Read more

Trioid: A generalization of matroid and the associated polytope

We consider a generalization of the well known greedy algorithm, called $m$-step greedy algorithm, where $m$ elements are examined in each iteration. When $m=1$ or $2$, the algorithm reduces to the standard greedy algorithm. For $m=3$ we provide a complete characterization of the independence system, called trioid, where the $m$-step greedy algorithm guarantees an optimal … Read more

On cost matrices with two and three distinct values of Hamiltonian paths and cycles

Polynomially testable characterization of cost matrices associated with a complete digraph on $n$ nodes such that all the Hamiltonian cycles (tours) have the same cost is well known. Tarasov~\cite{TARA81} obtained a characterization of cost matrices where tour costs take two distinct values. We provide a simple alternative characterization of such cost matrices that can be … Read more