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Title: A unified hyper-heuristic framework for solving bin packing problems
Author(s): Lopez-Camacho, Eunice
Terashima-Marin, Hugo
Ross, Peter
Ochoa, Gabriela
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Keywords: Bin packing problems
Evolutionary computation
Issue Date: Nov-2014
Date Deposited: 29-Jul-2014
Citation: Lopez-Camacho E, Terashima-Marin H, Ross P & Ochoa G (2014) A unified hyper-heuristic framework for solving bin packing problems. Expert Systems with Applications, 41 (15), pp. 6876-6889.
Abstract: One- and two-dimensional packing and cutting problems occur in many commercial contexts, and it is often important to be able to get good-quality solutions quickly. Fairly simple deterministic heuristics are often used for this purpose, but such heuristics typically find excellent solutions for some problems and only mediocre ones for others. Trying several different heuristics on a problem adds to the cost. This paper describes a hyper-heuristic methodology that can generate a fast, deterministic algorithm capable of producing results comparable to that of using the best problem-specific heuristic, and sometimes even better, but without the cost of trying all the heuristics. The generated algorithm handles both one- and two-dimensional problems, including two-dimensional problems that involve irregular concave polygons. The approach is validated using a large set of 1417 such problems, including a new benchmark set of 480 problems that include concave polygons.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.eswa.2014.04.043
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