Biased and unbiased random-key genetic algorithms: An experimental analysis

We study the runtime performance of three types of random-key genetic algorithms: the unbiased algorithm of Bean (1994); the biased algorithm of Gonçalves and Resende (2011); and a greedy version of Bean’s algorithm on 12 instances from four types of covering problems: general-cost set covering, Steiner triple covering, general-cost set K-covering, and unit-cost covering by … Read more

A biased random-key genetic algorithm for a 2D and 3D bin packing problem

We present a novel multi-population biased random-key genetic algorithm (BRKGA) for the 2D and 3D bin packing problem. The approach uses a maximal-space representation to manage the free spaces in the bins. The proposed algorithm uses a decoder based on a novel placement procedure within a multi-population genetic algorithm based on random keys. The BRKGA … Read more

Hybridizations of GRASP with path-relinking

A greedy randomized adaptive search procedure (GRASP) is a metaheuristic for combinatorial optimization. GRASP heuristics are multistart procedures which apply local search to a set of starting solutions generated with a randomized greedy algorithm or semi-greedy method. The best local optimum found over the iterations is returned as the heuristic solution. Path-relinking is a search … Read more

A C++ application programming interface for biased random-key genetic algorithms

In this paper, we describe brkgaAPI, an efficient and easy-to-use object oriented application programming interface for the algorithmic framework of biased random-key genetic algorithms. Our cross-platform library automatically handles the large portion of problem-independent modules that are part of the framework, including population management and evolutionary dynamics, leaving to the user the task of implementing … Read more

A Python/C library for bound-constrained global optimization with continuous GRASP

This paper describes libcgrpp, a GNU-style dynamic shared Python/C library of the continuous greedy randomized adaptive search procedure (C-GRASP) for bound constrained global optimization. C-GRASP is an extension of the GRASP metaheuristic (Feo and Resende, 1989). After a brief introduction to C-GRASP, we show how to download, install, configure, and use the library through an … Read more

Multi-objective GRASP with path-relinking

In this paper we propose an adaptation of the GRASP metaheuristic to solve multi-objective combinatorial optimization problems. In particular we describe several alternatives to specialize the construction and improvement components of GRASP when two or more objectives are considered. GRASP has been successfully coupled with path-relinking for single-objective optimization. In this paper, we propose different … Read more

A biased random-key genetic algorithm for job-shop scheduling

This paper presents a local search, based on a new neighborhood for the job-shop scheduling problem, and its application within a biased random-key genetic algorithm. Schedules are constructed by decoding the chromosome supplied by the genetic algorithm with a procedure that generates active schedules. After an initial schedule is obtained, a local search heuristic, based … Read more

Biased random-key genetic algorithms with applications in telecommunications

This paper surveys several applications of biased random-key genetic algorithms (BRKGA) in optimization problems that arise in telecommunications. We first review the basic concepts of BRKGA. This is followed by a description of BRKGA-based heuristics for routing in IP networks, design of survivable IP networks, redundant server location for content distribution, regenerator location in optical … Read more

A hybrid Lagrangean heuristic with GRASP and path-relinking for set K-covering

The set multicovering or set K-covering problem is an extension of the classical set covering problem, in which each object is required to be covered at least K times. The problem finds applications in the design of communication networks and in computational biology. We describe a GRASP with path-relinking heuristic for the set K-covering problem, … Read more

A biased random-key genetic algorithm for the Steiner triple covering problem

We present a biased random-key genetic algorithm (BRKGA) for finding small covers of computationally difficult set covering problems that arise in computing the 1-width of incidence matrices of Steiner triple systems. Using a parallel implementation of the BRKGA, we compute improved covers for the two largest instances in a standard set of test problems used … Read more