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Title: An adjustable sample average approximation algorithm for the stochastic production-inventory-routing problem
Author: Agra, Agostinho
Requejo, Cristina
Rodrigues, Filipe
Keywords: Inventory routing
Stochastic programming
Sample average approximation algorithm
Hybrid heuristic
Demand uncertainty
Iterated local search
Adaptive heuristic
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: We consider a stochastic single item production-inventory-routing problem with a single producer, multiple clients, and multiple vehicles. At the clients, demand is allowed to be backlogged incurring a penalty cost. Demands are considered uncertain. A recourse model is presented, and valid inequalities are introduced to enhance the model. A new general approach that explores the sample average approximation (SAA) method is introduced. In the sample average approximation method, several sample sets are generated and solved independently in order to obtain a set of candidate solutions. Then, the candidate solutions are tested on a larger sample, and the best solution is selected among the candidates. In contrast to this approach, called static, we propose an adjustable approach that explores the candidate solutions in order to identify common structures. Using that information, part of the first-stage decision variables is fixed, and the resulting restricted problem is solved for a larger size sample. Several heuristic algorithms based on the mathematical model are considered within each approach. Computational tests based on randomly generated instances are conducted to test several variants of the two approaches. The results show that the new adjustable SAA heuristic performs better than the static one for most of the instances.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1002/net.21796
ISSN: 0028-3045
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