Questions tagged [facility-location]

For questions related to optimization problems for choosing the optimal locations of facilities such as warehouses, factories, fire stations, etc.

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Under what conditions is the optimal solution to the warehouse location problem the same for a subset of customers?

I am wondering whether there exists some general insight for when the optimal solution to the warehouse location problem is still optimal for a given subset of customers. For example: Does the ...
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How to design and scale sales territory?

My first naive approach is: Given N number of salesmen. Cluster an area to be N clusters with almost equal number of clients [1] with some kind of same-size clustering/facility location algorithm ...
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Adding robustness to the objective function of the facility location problem

Let us first define a simplified facility location problem as follows: $$\min \sum_{i=1}^{n}\sum_{j=1}^{m}d(i,j)x_{i.j}$$ subjected to: $$\sum_{i=1}^{n} x_{i,j}\geq1, \forall j$$ (Every customer ...
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Mobile Sensor Placement for Optimal Coverage

I have come across the paper that deals with spatial positioning of mobile sensors to optimally detect sound source, or position mobile cellphone towers to maximize the coverage. The region $Q$ is ...
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What is the state of the art on the Weber problem?

I'm trying to get up to speed on the Weber problem. I'm very much not an expert, unfortunately. I would really appreciate recent literature recommendations / surveys / potted histories, however ...
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Using Spatial Multi Criteria Analysis for simultaneously locating various facilities?

Is it possible to use SMCA (Spatial Multi Criteria Analysis) for determining simultaneously where to locate various facilities? Suppose, for example, I'm planing to build a new city and everything ...
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Symmetric undirected $p$-median instance with fractional LP solution?

The $p$-median problem is NP-hard, so its LP relaxation does not naturally have all-integer solutions. However, it very often does; in fact, it can be hard to find an instance for which the LP ...
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Linear facility location problem for large size problems (police station)

Considering a set of $m$ existing weighted demand points (very large) and $n$ different-sized facilities, what is the best approach for locating new facilities to maximise coverage? I have used the ...
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partitioning hub assignment models

When solving large-scale hub assignment models (1000+ candidate hubs and 1000+ demand nodes), it is possible that parts of a cost matrix are not connected to one another. A typical workflow would be: ...
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Algorithmic gap for Hochbaum's (greedy) algorithm for (metric) uncapacitated facility location

In Jain et al. (2003)1, at the bottom of page 801, they construct an instance of (metric) uncapacitated facility location for which they claim the greedy (Hochbaum's) algorithm has gap $\Omega\left(\...
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Why are integer minimax problems hard?

Problems that have a minimax-type structure are notoriously hard to solve. For example, the $p$-median problem from facility location (choose $p$ facilities to minimize demand-weighted distance to ...
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How to quantify the “griddiness” of a set of points?

We're working on a facility location problem in which it is desirable for the facilities to be laid out as close as possible to a grid. In our problem, a lattice is overlaid on the region, and the ...