Improving benders decomposition using a genetic algorithm (with C.A. Poojari), European Journal of Operational Research, vol.199, 2009, pp8997

We develop and investigate the performance of a hybrid solution framework for solving mixed-integer linear programming problems. Benders decomposition and a genetic algorithm are combined to develop a framework to compute feasible solutions. We decompose the problem into a master problem and a subproblem. A genetic algorithm along with a heuristic are used to obtain feasible solutions to the master problem, whereas the subproblem is solved to optimality using a linear programming solver. Over successive iterations the master problem is refined by adding cutting planes that are implied by the subproblem. We compare the performance of the approach against a standard Benders decomposition approach as well as against a stand-alone solver (Cplex) on MIPLIB test problems.

Keywords: Genetic algorithm; Benders decomposition; Mixed-integer linear programs

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J E Beasley