A complementary heuristic for the unbounded knapsack problem

Iyer, Swarna Chitra (1997) A complementary heuristic for the unbounded knapsack problem. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


As a solution algorithm for Unbounded Knapsack Problem, the performance analysis of density-ordered greedy heuristic, weight-ordered greedy heuristic, value-ordered greedy heuristic, extended greedy heuristic and total-value heuristic has been done. Empirical experiments on different test problems have been analysed and reported. Problem instances with a very large number of undominated items were generated in addition to the types of instances suggested by Martello and Toth (1990). Theoretically, the lower bound on the performance for total-value heuristic is better than the corresponding lower bounds for the densityordered greedy heuristic and the extended greedy heuristic as discussed by White (1992) and Kohli and Krishnamurti (1992). The computational tests fail to show clear superiority of any particular heuristic algorithm, although each heuristic produces good quality solutions. If the combination of the density-ordered greedy and the total-value greedy heuristics are considered then the combination shows complementary effect. A new heuristic algorithm incorporating the structural properties of the density-ordered greedy heuristic and the total-value greedy heuristic is developed and its complementary effect studied. It was found that the combination of the density-ordered greedy heuristic, the extended greedy heuristic, the total-value greedy heuristic and the new complementary heuristic gives a better performance result than the single best heuristic in the combination.

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Master of Science

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17924
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 0102 Applied Mathematics
Current > FOR Classification > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords applied mathematics, heuristic programming, NP-complete problems
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