Research Report on Automatic Synthesis of Local Search Neighborhood Operators

Mateusz Ślażyński
(AGH University of Science and Technology)

Constraint Programming (CP) and Local Search (LS) are different paradigms for dealing with combinatorial search and optimization problems. Their complementary features motivated researchers to create hybrid CP/LS solutions, maintaining both the modeling capabilities of CP and the computational advantages of the heuristic-based LS approach. Research presented in this report is focused on developing a novel method to infer an efficient LS neighborhood operator based on the problem structure, as modeled in the CP paradigm. We consider a limited formal language that we call a Neighborhood Definition Language, used to specify the neighborhood operators in a fine-grained and declarative manner. Together with Logic Programming runtime called Noodle, it allows to automatically synthesize complex operators using a Grammar Evolution algorithm.

In Bart Bogaerts, Esra Erdem, Paul Fodor, Andrea Formisano, Giovambattista Ianni, Daniela Inclezan, German Vidal, Alicia Villanueva, Marina De Vos and Fangkai Yang: Proceedings 35th International Conference on Logic Programming (Technical Communications) (ICLP 2019), Las Cruces, NM, USA, September 20-25, 2019, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 306, pp. 433–440.
Published: 19th September 2019.

ArXived at: http://dx.doi.org/10.4204/EPTCS.306.59 bibtex PDF
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