A computational comparison of local search heuristics for solving quadratic assigment problems

Panos M. Pardalos, Kowta A. Murthy, Terry Paul Harrison

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It is well known that, in general, exact algorithms for the Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP) cannot solve problems of size N > 15. Therefore, it is necessary to use heuristic approaches for solving large-scale QAPs. In this paper, we consider a class of heuristic approaches based on local search criteria. In particular, we selected four algorithms; CRAFT, Simulated Annealing, TABU search and the Graph Partitioning (GP) approach and studied their relative performance in terms of the quality of solutions and CPU times. All of these algorithms performed roughly the same, based on the results of two sets of test problems Executed on an IBM ES/3090-600S computer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-187
Number of pages16
JournalInformatica (Netherlands)
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1993


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Applied Mathematics

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