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An Ant Colony Heuristic for the Design of Two-Edge Connected Flow Networks

  • Efstratios Rappos
  • Eleni Hadjiconstantinou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3172)

Abstract

We consider the problem of designing a reliable network defined as follows: Given an undirected graph, the objective of the problem is to find a minimum cost network configuration such that the flow balance equations are satisfied and the network is two-edge connected. The cost function for each edge consists of a fixed component and a variable component, which is proportional to the flow passing through the edge. We present a novel ant colony approach for the solution of the above problem. Computational experience is reported.

Keywords

Travelling Salesman Problem Network Design Problem Quadratic Assignment Problem Minimum Cost Network Hard Optimization Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Efstratios Rappos
    • 1
  • Eleni Hadjiconstantinou
    • 2
  1. 1.Information and Analysis Directorate (Operational Research), Department for Work and PensionsThe AdelphiLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Tanaka Business SchoolImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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