A Set of Examples of Global and Discrete Optimization

Applications of Bayesian Heuristic Approach

  • Jonas Mockus

Part of the Applied Optimization book series (APOP, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. About the Bayesian Approach

  3. Software for Global Optimization

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      Pages 31-31
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  4. Examples of Models

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      Pages 113-113
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 307-321

About this book


This book shows how the Bayesian Approach (BA) improves well­ known heuristics by randomizing and optimizing their parameters. That is the Bayesian Heuristic Approach (BHA). The ten in-depth examples are designed to teach Operations Research using Internet. Each example is a simple representation of some impor­ tant family of real-life problems. The accompanying software can be run by remote Internet users. The supporting web-sites include software for Java, C++, and other lan­ guages. A theoretical setting is described in which one can discuss a Bayesian adaptive choice of heuristics for discrete and global optimization prob­ lems. The techniques are evaluated in the spirit of the average rather than the worst case analysis. In this context, "heuristics" are understood to be an expert opinion defining how to solve a family of problems of dis­ crete or global optimization. The term "Bayesian Heuristic Approach" means that one defines a set of heuristics and fixes some prior distribu­ tion on the results obtained. By applying BHA one is looking for the heuristic that reduces the average deviation from the global optimum. The theoretical discussions serve as an introduction to examples that are the main part of the book. All the examples are interconnected. Dif­ ferent examples illustrate different points of the general subject. How­ ever, one can consider each example separately, too.


Optimization Methods global optimization operations research optimization scheduling

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonas Mockus
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  1. 1.Institute of Mathematics and InformaticsKaunas Technological UniversityLithuania

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7114-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4671-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1384-6485
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