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Solving Bin Packing Problems Using VRPSolver Models

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Abstract

We propose branch-cut-and-price algorithms for the classic bin packing problem and also for the following related problems: vector packing, variable sized bin packing and variable sized bin packing with optional items. The algorithms are defined as models for VRPSolver, a generic solver for vehicle routing problems. In that way, a simple parameterization enables the use of several branch-cut-and-price advanced elements: automatic stabilization by smoothing, limited-memory rank-1 cuts, enumeration, hierarchical strong branching and limited discrepancy search diving heuristics. As an original theoretical contribution, we prove that the branching over accumulated resource consumption (Gélinas et al. 1995), that does not increase the difficulty of the pricing subproblem, is sufficient for those bin packing models. Extensive computational results on instances from the literature show that the VRPSolver models have a performance that is very robust over all those problems, being often superior to the existing exact algorithms on the hardest instances. Several instances could be solved to optimality for the first time.
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hal-02986956 , version 1 (03-11-2020)

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Artur Alves Pessoa, Ruslan Sadykov, Eduardo Uchoa. Solving Bin Packing Problems Using VRPSolver Models. SN Operations Research Forum, 2021, 2 (20), ⟨10.1007/s43069-020-00047-8⟩. ⟨hal-02986956⟩
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