Title

Rapid Branching

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Subject Area

infrastructure - rolling stock, organisation - workforce planning, place - europe, mode - rail

Keywords

Large scale optimization, Rapid branching, Column generation

Abstract

We propose rapid branching (RB) as a general branch-and-bound heuristic for solving large scale optimization problems in traffic and transport. The key idea is to combine a special branching rule and a greedy node selection strategy in order to produce solutions of controlled quality rapidly and efficiently. We report on three successful applications of the method for integrated vehicle and crew scheduling, railway track allocation, and railway vehicle rotation planning.

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