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Multi-start iterated tabu search for the minimum weight vertex cover problem

Research paper by Taoqing Zhou, Zhipeng Lü; Yang Wang; Junwen Ding; Bo Peng

Indexed on: 08 Aug '16Published on: 01 Aug '16Published in: Journal of Combinatorial Optimization



Abstract

Abstract The minimum weight vertex cover problem (MWVCP) is one of the most popular combinatorial optimization problems with various real-world applications. Given an undirected graph where each vertex is weighted, the MWVCP is to find a subset of the vertices which cover all edges of the graph and has a minimum total weight of these vertices. In this paper, we propose a multi-start iterated tabu search algorithm (MS-ITS) to tackle MWVCP. By incorporating an effective tabu search method, MS-ITS exhibits several distinguishing features, including a novel neighborhood construction procedure and a fast evaluation strategy. Extensive experiments on the set of public benchmark instances show that the proposed heuristic is very competitive with the state-of-the-art algorithms in the literature.AbstractThe minimum weight vertex cover problem (MWVCP) is one of the most popular combinatorial optimization problems with various real-world applications. Given an undirected graph where each vertex is weighted, the MWVCP is to find a subset of the vertices which cover all edges of the graph and has a minimum total weight of these vertices. In this paper, we propose a multi-start iterated tabu search algorithm (MS-ITS) to tackle MWVCP. By incorporating an effective tabu search method, MS-ITS exhibits several distinguishing features, including a novel neighborhood construction procedure and a fast evaluation strategy. Extensive experiments on the set of public benchmark instances show that the proposed heuristic is very competitive with the state-of-the-art algorithms in the literature.