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Stochastic Local Search

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Stochastic Local Search

Holger H. Hoos, Thomas Stützle

ISBN 1558608729
Pages 658

Stochastic local search (SLS) algorithms are among the most prominent and successful techniques for solving computationally difficult problems in many areas of computer science and operations research, including propositional satisfiability, constraint satisfaction, routing, and scheduling. SLS algorithms have also become increasingly popular for solving challenging combinatorial problems in many application areas, such as e-commerce and bioinformatics.

Hoos and Stützle offer the first systematic and unified treatment of SLS algorithms. In this groundbreaking new book, they examine the general concepts and specific instances of SLS algorithms and carefully consider their development, analysis and application. The discussion focuses on the most successful SLS methods and explores their underlying principles, properties, and features. This book gives hands-on experience with some of the most widely used search techniques, and provides readers with the necessary understanding and skills to use this powerful tool.

Prologue Part I. Foundations 1. Introduction 2. SLS Methods 3. Generalized Local Search Machines 4. Empirical Analysis of SLS Algorithms 5. Search Space Structure and SLS Performance Part II. Applications 6. SAT and Constraint Satisfaction 7. MAX-SAT and MAX-CSP 8. Traveling Salesman Problems 9. Scheduling Problems 10. Other Combinatorial Problems Epilogue Glossary