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Optimal Districting and Territory Design

  • Roger Z. Ríos-Mercado

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 284)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction and Literature Reviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Federico Liberatore, Miguel Camacho-Collados, Begoña Vitoriano
      Pages 9-29
    3. Seda Yanık, Burcin Bozkaya
      Pages 31-55
    4. Mehdi Behroozi, John Gunnar Carlsson
      Pages 57-74
  3. Theory, Models, and Algorithms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Juan A. Díaz, Dolores E. Luna, María G. Sandoval
      Pages 77-103
    3. Matthias Bender, Jörg Kalcsics
      Pages 129-152
    4. Shakiba Enayati, Osman Y. Özaltın, Maria E. Mayorga
      Pages 153-170
  4. Applications and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Juan G. Moya-García, M. Angélica Salazar-Aguilar
      Pages 191-206
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-211

About this book


This book highlights recent advances in the field of districting, territory design, and zone design. Districting problems deal essentially with tactical decisions, and involve mainly dividing a set of geographic units into clusters or territories subject to some planning requirements. This book presents models, theory, algorithms (exact or heuristic), and applications that would bring research on districting systems up-to-date and define the state-of-the-art.

 Although papers have addressed real-world problems that require districting or territory division decisions, this is the first comprehensive book that directly addresses these problems. The chapters capture the diverse nature of districting applications, as the book is divided into three different areas of research. Part I covers recent up-to-date surveys on important areas of districting such as police districting, health care districting, and districting algorithms based on computational geometry.  Part II focuses on recent advances on theory, modeling, and algorithms including mathematical programming and heuristic approaches, and finally, Part III contains successful applications in real-world districting cases.


Operations Research Discrete Optimization Districting Zone Design Territory Design Location Mathematical Programming Political Districting Sales Territory Heuristics Metaheuristics

Editors and affiliations

  • Roger Z. Ríos-Mercado
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate Program in Systems EngineeringUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo LeónSan Nicolás de los GarzaMexico

About the editors

Roger Z. Ríos-Mercado is a professor of operations research in the Graduate Program in Systems Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico. He holds a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin. He has held visiting scholar positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Barcelona Tech, University of Colorado, and University of Houston. His research interests are mainly in designing and developing efficient solution methods to hard discrete optimization problems. He has addressed applied decision-making problems on districting, location analysis, healthcare, natural gas transportation systems, and scheduling. His research has been published in leading journals in the field. He has authored or coauthored, as editor, 2 books and 12 volumes of journal special issues in diverse areas of operations research and discrete optimization. He is currently an editor of Computers & Operations Research and a member of the editorial board of Operations Research Perspectives.

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