Parameter tuning for local-search-based matheuristic methods

Guillermo Cabrera-Guerrero, Carolina Lagos, Carolina Castañeda, Franklin Johnson, Fernando Paredes, Enrique Cabrera

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Algorithms that aim to solve optimisation problems by combining heuristics and mathematical programming have attracted researchers' attention. These methods, also known as matheuristics, have been shown to perform especially well for large, complex optimisation problems that include both integer and continuous decision variables. One common strategy used by matheuristic methods to solve such optimisation problems is to divide the main optimisation problem into several subproblems. While heuristics are used to seek for promising subproblems, exact methods are used to solve them to optimality. In general, we say that both mixed integer (non)linear programming problems and combinatorial optimisation problems can be addressed using this strategy. Beside the number of parameters researchers need to adjust when using heuristic methods, additional parameters arise when using matheuristic methods. In this paper we focus on one particular parameter, which determines the size of the subproblem. We show how matheuristic performance varies as this parameter is modified. We considered a well-known NP-hard combinatorial optimisation problem, namely, the capacitated facility location problem for our experiments. Based on the obtained results, we discuss the effects of adjusting the size of subproblems that are generated when using matheuristics methods such as the one considered in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1702506
StatePublished - 2017


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