Design of vehicle routing problem domains for a hyper-heuristic framework
Walker, James D. (2015) Design of vehicle routing problem domains for a hyper-heuristic framework. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The branch of algorithms that uses adaptive methods to select or tune heuristics, known as hyper-heuristics, is one that has seen a large amount of interest and development in recent years. With an aim to develop techniques that can deliver results on multiple problem domains and multiple instances, this work is getting ever closer to mirroring the complex situations that arise in the corporate world. However, the capability of a hyper-heuristic is closely tied to the representation of the problem it is trying to solve and the tools that are available to do so.
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