A Variable Neighborhood Search-Based Heuristic for the Multi-Depot Vehicle Routing Problem

Arif Imran


The multi-depot vehicle routing problem (MDVRP) is addressed using an adaptation of the variable neighborhood search (VNS). The proposed VNS algorithm besides using several neighborhoods and a number of local searches has a number of additional features. These include a scheme for identifying borderline customers, a diversivication procedure and a mechanism that aggregates and disaggregates routes between depots. The proposed algorithm is tested on the data instances from the literature and produces competitive results.


Meta-heuristic, routing, multi-depot, variable neighborhood.


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