A genetic algorithm for the p-hub center problem with stochastic service level constraints

Eraslan Demirci, Şükran
The emphasis on minimizing the costs and travel times in a network of origins and destinations has led the researchers to widely study the hub location problems in the area of location theory in which locating the hub facilities and designing the hub networks are the issues. The p-hub center problem considering these issues is the subject of this study. p-hub center problem with stochastic service level constraints and a limitation on the travel times between the nodes and hubs is addressed, which is an uncapacitated, single allocation problem with a complete hub network. Both a mathematical model and a genetic algorithm are proposed for the problem. We discuss the general framework of the genetic algorithm as well as the problem-specific components of algorithm. The computational studies of the proposed algorithm are realized on a number of problem instances from Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) data set and Turkish network data set. The computational results indicate that the proposed genetic algorithm gives satisfactory results when compared with the optimum solutions and solutions obtained with other heuristic methods.


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Citation Formats
Ş. Eraslan Demirci, “A genetic algorithm for the p-hub center problem with stochastic service level constraints,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.