Accession Number : ADA018113

Title :   A Minimax Facility Location Problem and the Cardinality Constrained Set Covering Problem.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA MANAGEMENT SCIENCES RESEARCH GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Christofides,Nicos

Report Date : OCT 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Given n demand points with weights (W sub i), an integer number k and a critical distance lambda, the problem discussed in the paper is one of choosing the location of k centers so that the total weight of demand points that lie within distance lambda from at least one center is maximized. This minimax location problem reduces to a cardinality constrained set covering problem (CCP), and for this latter problem a hybrid tree-search/dynamic programming algorithm is given. The dynamic program plays two roles: (1) it provides dominance tests to eliminate tree branchings and (2) the concavity properties associated with it can be used in a projection method to provide upper bounds for the nodes in the tree search.

Descriptors :   *Minimax technique, *Dynamic programming, Search theory, Algorithms

Subject Categories : Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE