A study of genetic algorithms and its application to travelling salesman problem

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A study of genetic algorithms and its application to travelling salesman problem


Author: Wong, Tak-ming
Title: A study of genetic algorithms and its application to travelling salesman problem
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Genetic algorithms
Traveling-salesman problem
Management -- Mathematical models
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: iii, 82 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1457133
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3991
Abstract: For the last three decades, there has been a tremendous growing interests in the Genetic Algorithms (GAs), which mimicking the natural reproduction process. With the advance in electronic computation technology, the use of GAs to solve NP-hard problems by finding near-optimal solution becomes very popular. Being a postgraduate management degree student, I have very strong interest in these algorithms. In this dissertation, I would like to study the GAs, thus I can apply it to solve a real life business issue in my job (Manager, Asia IT, Nike Int. Ltd.). More important is to try to stress test my implementation, in an attempt to find out the effects of the system/algorithm parameters on the solution set. It is also interesting to see that the characteristics (quality and efficiency) of the solution is highly depended on the supplied parameters. This dissertation report can be divided into four main sessions. The first one describes the objectives of this dissertation, summarizes some background information, regarding the history of GA and its comparison with other traditional algorithms. The second session mainly focuses on what GA is all about. The third session presents a literature survey for the recent works in GA and the Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP). Finally, my implementation of the GA in a TSP is presented, which is a reflection of a real life business management problem that I need to tackle in my company. As Phil. Knights, the Chief Executive Officer of Nike Int., said "there is no finish line", I have provided some of my personal thinking of what the future works should be focusing on if someone would like to further research on this topic.

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