Heuristic generation via parameter tuning for online bin packing
Yarimcam, Ahmet and Asta, Shahriar and Özcan, Ender and Parkes, Andrew J. (2015) Heuristic generation via parameter tuning for online bin packing. In: IEEE Symposium on Evolving and Autonomous Learning Systems 2014 (EALS), 9-12 Dec. 2014, Orlando, Florida.
Online bin packing requires immediate decisions to be made for placing an incoming item one at a time into bins of fixed capacity without causing any overflow. The goal is to maximise the average bin fullness after placement of a long stream of items. A recent work describes an approach for solving this problem based on a ‘policy matrix’ representation in which each decision option is independently given a value and the highest value option is selected. A policy matrix can also be viewed as a heuristic with many parameters and then the search for a good policy matrix can be treated as a parameter tuning process. In this study, we show that the Irace parameter tuning algorithm produces heuristics which outperform the standard human designed heuristics for various instances of the online bin packing problem.
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