Scatter Search: Methodology and Implementations in C

Overview

The evolutionary approach called scatter search originated from strategies for creating composite decision rules and surrogate constraints. Recent studies demonstrate the practical advantages of this approach for solving a diverse array of optimization problems from both classical and real world settings. Scatter search contrasts with other evolutionary procedures, such as genetic algorithms, by providing unifying principles for joining solutions based on generalized path constructions in Euclidean space and by ...

See more details below
Paperback (2003)
$255.68
BN.com price
(Save 4%)$269.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $214.45   
  • New (4) from $214.45   
  • Used (1) from $318.21   
Sending request ...

Overview

The evolutionary approach called scatter search originated from strategies for creating composite decision rules and surrogate constraints. Recent studies demonstrate the practical advantages of this approach for solving a diverse array of optimization problems from both classical and real world settings. Scatter search contrasts with other evolutionary procedures, such as genetic algorithms, by providing unifying principles for joining solutions based on generalized path constructions in Euclidean space and by utilizing strategic designs where other approaches resort to randomization. The book's goal is to provide the basic principles and fundamental ideas that will allow the readers to create successful applications of scatter search. The book includes the C source code of the methods introduced in each chapter.

From the Foreword:
'Scatter Search represents a "missing link" in the literature of evolutionary methods... From a historical perspective, the dedicated use of heuristic strategies both to guide the process of combining solutions and to enhance the quality of offspring has been heralded as a key innovation in evolutionary methods, giving rise to what are sometimes called "hybrid" or ("memetic") evolutionary procedures. The underlying processes have been introduced into the mainstream of evolutionary methods (such as genetic algorithms, for example) by a series of gradual steps beginning in the late 1980s. Yet this theme is an integral part of the scatter search methodology proposed a decade earlier, and the form and scope of such heuristic strategies embedded in scatter search continue to set it apart. Although there are points in common between scatter search and other evolutionary approaches, principally as a result of changes that have brought other approaches closer to scatter search in recent years, there remain differences that have an important impact on practical outcomes. Reflecting this impact, a hallmark of the present book is its focus on practical problem solving. Laguna and Martí give the reader the tools to create scatter search implementations for problems from a wide range of settings. Although theoretical problems (such as abstract problems in graph theory) are included, beyond a doubt the practical realm has a predominant role in this book....'
Fred Glover, University of Colorado

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

From the reviews:

"The book Scatter Search by Manuel Laguna and Rafael Marti … provides an excellent introduction to this advanced optimization methodology. … Different from most other books in this field, this book comes along with a rich variety of illustrative examples for various optimization problems … . This significantly helps to gain an in-depth understanding of the methodology and enables readers to develop state-of-the-art implementations on their own. … With this book, the authors have created an excellent reference both for researchers and practitioners." (Stephan Scheuerer, OR-News, Issue 23, March, 2005)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements.
1: Introduction. 1. Historical Background. 2. Basic Design. 3. C Code Conventions.
2: Tutorial: Unconstrained Nonlinear Optimization. 1. Diversification Generation Method. 2. Improvement Method. 3. Reference Set Update Method. 4. Subset Generation Method. 5. Combination Method. 6. Overall Procedure. 7. Summary of C Functions.
3: Tutorial: 0-1 Knapsack Problems. 1. Diversification Generation Method. 2. Improvement Method. 3. Reference Set Update Method. 4. Subset Generation Method. 5. Combination Method. 6. Overall Procedure. 7. Summary of C Functions.
4: Tutorial: Linear Ordering Problem. 1. The Linear Ordering Problem. 2. Diversification Generation Method. 3. Improvement Method. 4. Reference Set Update Method. 5. Combination Method. 6. Summary of C Functions.
5: Advanced Scatter Search Designs. 1. Reference Set. 2. Subset Generation. 3.Specialized Combination Methods. 4. Diversification Generation.
6: Use of Memory in Scatter Search. 1. Tabu Search. 2. Explicit Memory. 3. Attributive Memory.
7: Connections with Other Population-Based Approaches. 1. Genetic Algorithms. 2. Path Relinking. 3. Intensification and Diversification.
8: Scatter Search Applications. 1. Neural Network Training. 2. Multi-Objective Bus Routing. 3. Arc Crossing Minimization in Graphs. 4. Maximum Clique. 5. Graph Coloring. 6. Periodic Vehicle Loading. 7. Capacitated Multicommodity Network Design. 8. Job-Shop Scheduling. 9. Capacitated Chinese Postman Problem. 10. Vehicle Routing. 11. Binary Mixed Integer Programming. 12. Iterated Re-start Procedures. 13. Parallelization for the P-Median. 14. OptQuest Application.
9: Commercial Scatter Search Implementation. 1. General OCL Design. 2. Constraints and Requirements. 3. OCL Functionality. 4. Computational Experiments. 5. Conclusions. 6. Appendix.
10: Experiences and Future Directions. 1. Experiences and Findings. 2. Multi-Objective Scatter Search. 3. Maximum Diversity Problem. 4. Implications for Future Developments.
References. Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)