Computing Tools for Modeling, Optimization and Simulation: Interfaces in Computer Science and Operations Research

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Manuel Laguna, José Luis González-Velarde
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 30, 1999 - Business & Economics - 317 pages
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Computing Tools for Modeling, Optimization and Simulation reflects the need for preserving the marriage between operations research and computing in order to create more efficient and powerful software tools in the years ahead. The 17 papers included in this volume were carefully selected to cover a wide range of topics related to the interface between operations research and computer science. The volume includes the now perennial applications of rnetaheuristics (such as genetic algorithms, scatter search, and tabu search) as well as research on global optimization, knowledge management, software rnaintainability and object-oriented modeling. These topics reflect the complexity and variety of the problems that current and future software tools must be capable of tackling. The OR/CS interface is frequently at the core of successful applications and the development of new methodologies, making the research in this book a relevant reference in the future.
The editors' goal for this book has been to increase the interest in the interface of computer science and operations research. Both researchers and practitioners will benefit from this book. The tutorial papers may spark the interest of practitioners for developing and applying new techniques to complex problems. In addition, the book includes papers that explore new angles of well-established methods for problems in the area of nonlinear optimization and mixed integer programming, which seasoned researchers in these fields may find fascinating.
 

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Contents

MultiStart and Strategic Oscillation Methods Principles to Exploit Adaptive Memory
1
Building a Highquality Decision Tree with a Genetic Algorithm
25
Sequential Testing of SeriesParallel Systems of Small Depth
39
Conveying Problem Structure from an Algebraic Modeling Language to Optimization Algorithms
75
Solving General Ring Network Design Problems by MetaHeuristics
91
LagrangeanSurrogate Heuristics for pMedian Problems
115
An Introduction to Ant Systems
131
Extremal Energy Models and Global Optimization
145
Knowledge Management and its Impact on Decision Support
183
Heuristics for Minimum Cost SteadyState Gas Transmission Networks
203
Assigning Proctors to Exams with Scatter Search
215
MultiAttribute Evaluation of Software Maintainability
229
ExplicitConstraint Branching for Solving Mixed Integer Programs
245
An ObjectOriented Graphical Modeler for Optimal Production Planning in a Refinery
263
Optimization of Water Distribution Systems by a Tabu Search Metaheuristic
279
Scatter Search to Generate Diverse MIP Solutions
299

A SimulationBased Policy Iteration Algorithm for Average Cost Unichain Markov Decision Processes
161

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