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Using tropical optimization to solve constrained minimax single-facility location problems with rectilinear distance

Nikolai Krivulin ()
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Nikolai Krivulin: St. Petersburg State University

Computational Management Science, 2017, vol. 14, issue 4, 493-518

Abstract: Abstract The aim of this paper is twofold: first, to extend the area of applications of tropical optimization by solving new constrained location problems, and second, to offer new closed-form solutions to general problems that are of interest to location analysis. We consider a constrained minimax single-facility location problem with addends on the plane with rectilinear distance. The solution commences with the representation of the problem in a standard form, and then in terms of tropical mathematics, as a constrained optimization problem. We use a transformation technique, which can act as a template to handle optimization problems in other application areas, and hence is of independent interest. To solve the constrained optimization problem, we apply methods and results of tropical optimization, which provide direct, explicit solutions. The results obtained serve to derive new solutions of the location problem, and of its special cases with reduced sets of constraints, in a closed form, ready for practical implementation and immediate computation. As illustrations, numerical solutions of example problems and their graphical representation are given. We conclude with an application of the results to optimal location of the central monitoring facility in an indoor video surveillance system in a multi-floor building environment.

Keywords: Minimax location problem; Rectilinear distance; Idempotent semifield; Tropical optimization; Constrained optimization; Explicit solution; 90B85; 15A80; 65K05; 90C48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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