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The interval min–max regret knapsack packing-delivery problem


This paper studies an interval data min–max regret (IDMR) version of the packing-delivery problem, in which a 0-1 knapsack problem is for parcel packing and a capacitated travelling salesman problem is for parcel delivery. The parcel profits for the courier and the tour costs are uncertain and they can take any value from a specific interval with lower and upper bound values. The problem is how to select and deliver a subset of parcels to minimise the maximum regret of net profit which is the difference between the total profits of the selected parcels and the total delivery costs, to deal with the trade-off of the solution robustness and performance. To tackle the problem effectively, we first prove the worst-case scenario of a solution to the problem, based on which, a mixed integer linear programming is formulated. A Benders-like decomposition algorithm is then developed to solve small-scale problems to optimality within the manageable computation time. For medium- and large-scale problems, a simulated-annealing-based heuristic method with a local search procedure is designed. Extensive computational experiments show the efficiency and effectiveness of the proposed methods.
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hal-02901384 , version 1 (17-07-2020)



Shijin Wang, Wenli Cui, Feng Chu, Jianbo Yu. The interval min–max regret knapsack packing-delivery problem. International Journal of Production Research, 2021, 59 (18), pp.5661--5677. ⟨10.1080/00207543.2020.1789235⟩. ⟨hal-02901384⟩
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