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APPROXIMATION ALGORITHMS FOR THE GEOMETRIC COVERING SALESMAN PROBLEM
 

Summary: APPROXIMATION ALGORITHMS FOR THE
GEOMETRIC COVERING SALESMAN PROBLEM
Esther M. Arkin y
Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794­3600
Email: estie@ams.sunysb.edu
Refael Hassin
Department of Statistics and Operations Research
School of Mathematical Sciences
Tel­Aviv University
Tel­Aviv 69978, Israel
Email: hassin@math.tau.ac.il
August 25, 1995
Abstract
We introduce a geometric version of the Covering Salesman Problem: Each of the n salesman's
clients specifies a neighborhood in which they are willing to meet the salesman. Identifying a tour
of minimum length that visits all neighborhoods is an NP­hard problem, since it is a generalization
of the Traveling Salesman Problem. We present simple heuristic procedures for constructing tours,
for a variety of neighborhood types, whose length is guaranteed to be within a constant factor

  

Source: Arkin, Estie - Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, SUNY at Stony Brook

 

Collections: Mathematics