# S. Raja Balachandar

## Publications

##### 5 A Meta-Heuristic Algorithm for Set Covering Problem Based on Gravity

**Authors:**
S. Raja Balachandar,
K. Kannan

**Abstract:**

A new Meta heuristic approach called "Randomized gravitational emulation search algorithm (RGES)" for solving large size set covering problems has been designed. This algorithm is found upon introducing randomization concept along with the two of the four primary parameters -velocity- and -gravity- in physics. A new heuristic operator is introduced in the domain of RGES to maintain feasibility specifically for the set covering problem to yield best solutions. The performance of this algorithm has been evaluated on a large set of benchmark problems from OR-library. Computational results showed that the randomized gravitational emulation search algorithm - based heuristic is capable of producing high quality solutions. The performance of this heuristic when compared with other existing heuristic algorithms is found to be excellent in terms of solution quality.

**Keywords:**
combinatorial optimization,
velocity,
set covering problem,
gravitational force,
Newton's Law,
Meta Heuristic

##### 4 Centre Of Mass Selection Operator Based Meta-Heuristic For Unbounded Knapsack Problem

**Authors:**
S. Raja Balachandar,
K.Kannan,
D.Venkatesan

**Abstract:**

In this paper a new Genetic Algorithm based on a heuristic operator and Centre of Mass selection operator (CMGA) is designed for the unbounded knapsack problem(UKP), which is NP-Hard combinatorial optimization problem. The proposed genetic algorithm is based on a heuristic operator, which utilizes problem specific knowledge. This center of mass operator when combined with other Genetic Operators forms a competitive algorithm to the existing ones. Computational results show that the proposed algorithm is capable of obtaining high quality solutions for problems of standard randomly generated knapsack instances. Comparative study of CMGA with simple GA in terms of results for unbounded knapsack instances of size up to 200 show the superiority of CMGA. Thus CMGA is an efficient tool of solving UKP and this algorithm is competitive with other Genetic Algorithms also.

**Keywords:**
combinatorial optimization,
Genetic Algorithm,
meta-heuristic,
center of mass,
Unbounded Knapsack Problem

##### 3 A New Heuristic Approach for Large Size Zero-One Multi Knapsack Problem Using Intercept Matrix

**Authors:**
K. Krishna Veni,
S. Raja Balachandar

**Abstract:**

This paper presents a heuristic to solve large size 0-1 Multi constrained Knapsack problem (01MKP) which is NP-hard. Many researchers are used heuristic operator to identify the redundant constraints of Linear Programming Problem before applying the regular procedure to solve it. We use the intercept matrix to identify the zero valued variables of 01MKP which is known as redundant variables. In this heuristic, first the dominance property of the intercept matrix of constraints is exploited to reduce the search space to find the optimal or near optimal solutions of 01MKP, second, we improve the solution by using the pseudo-utility ratio based on surrogate constraint of 01MKP. This heuristic is tested for benchmark problems of sizes upto 2500, taken from literature and the results are compared with optimum solutions. Space and computational complexity of solving 01MKP using this approach are also presented. The encouraging results especially for relatively large size test problems indicate that this heuristic can successfully be used for finding good solutions for highly constrained NP-hard problems.

**Keywords:**
Computational complexity,
heuristic,
NP-Hard problems

##### 2 A New Heuristic Approach for the Large-Scale Generalized Assignment Problem

**Authors:**
S. Raja Balachandar,
K.Kannan

**Abstract:**

This paper presents a heuristic approach to solve the Generalized Assignment Problem (GAP) which is NP-hard. It is worth mentioning that many researches used to develop algorithms for identifying the redundant constraints and variables in linear programming model. Some of the algorithms are presented using intercept matrix of the constraints to identify redundant constraints and variables prior to the start of the solution process. Here a new heuristic approach based on the dominance property of the intercept matrix to find optimal or near optimal solution of the GAP is proposed. In this heuristic, redundant variables of the GAP are identified by applying the dominance property of the intercept matrix repeatedly. This heuristic approach is tested for 90 benchmark problems of sizes upto 4000, taken from OR-library and the results are compared with optimum solutions. Computational complexity is proved to be O(mn2) of solving GAP using this approach. The performance of our heuristic is compared with the best state-ofthe- art heuristic algorithms with respect to both the quality of the solutions. The encouraging results especially for relatively large size test problems indicate that this heuristic approach can successfully be used for finding good solutions for highly constrained NP-hard problems.

**Keywords:**
Computational complexity,
heuristic,
NP-Hard problems,
generalized assignment problem,
Combinatorial Optimization Problem,
Intercept Matrix

##### 1 A Meta-Heuristic Algorithm for Vertex Covering Problem Based on Gravity

**Authors:**
S. Raja Balachandar,
K.Kannan

**Abstract:**

A new Meta heuristic approach called "Randomized gravitational emulation search algorithm (RGES)" for solving vertex covering problems has been designed. This algorithm is found upon introducing randomization concept along with the two of the four primary parameters -velocity- and -gravity- in physics. A new heuristic operator is introduced in the domain of RGES to maintain feasibility specifically for the vertex covering problem to yield best solutions. The performance of this algorithm has been evaluated on a large set of benchmark problems from OR-library. Computational results showed that the randomized gravitational emulation search algorithm - based heuristic is capable of producing high quality solutions. The performance of this heuristic when compared with other existing heuristic algorithms is found to be excellent in terms of solution quality.

**Keywords:**
combinatorial optimization,
velocity,
gravitational force,
Vertex covering Problem,
Newton's Law,
Meta Heuristic