A Tabu Search Algorithm for the Steiner Tree Problem.

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Yahya Fathi, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr Stephen Roberts, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. George Rouskas, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.author Kulkarni, Girish en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-02T18:17:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-02T18:17:11Z
dc.date.issued 2002-09-04 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-09032002-115648 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/2754
dc.description.abstract The Steiner Tree problem in graphs is an NP-hard problem having applications in many areas including telecommunication, distribution and transportation systems. We survey, briefly, a few exact methods and a few heuristic approaches that have been proposed for solving this problem. Further, we propose a tabu search algorithm whose key feature includes a neighborhood definition consisting of exchange of key paths. The algorithm is empirically tested by running computational experiments on problem sets, with known optimal values, that are available over the internet. The results from the tabu search are compared with the optimal values and with the results of a well-known heuristic procedure. The experimental results show that the tabu search algorithm is reasonably successful. It produces near-optimal solutions in the experiments conducted and performs better than the heuristic procedure. We also explore other avenues for future work and possible extensions to the tabu search algorithm. en_US
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dc.subject Steiner Tree en_US
dc.subject Tabu Search en_US
dc.subject meta-heuristics en_US
dc.title A Tabu Search Algorithm for the Steiner Tree Problem. en_US
dc.degree.name MS en_US
dc.degree.level thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Operations Research en_US


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