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The traveling salesman problem (TSP) supports the idea of a single salesperson traveling in a continuous trip visiting all n cities exactly once and returning to the starting point. The multiple traveling salesman problems (mTSP) is complex combinatorial optimization problem, which is a generalization of the well-known Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP), where one or more salesman can be used in the path. In this paper mTSP has also been studied and solved with GA in the form of the vehicle scheduling problem. The existing model is new models are compared to both mathematically and experimentally. This work presents a chromosome methodology setting up the MTSP to be solved using a GA.

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Abstract The traveling salesman problem (TSP) supports

the idea of a single salesperson traveling in a continuous trip

visiting all n cities exactly once and returning to the starting

point. The multiple traveling salesman problems (mTSP) is

complex combinatorial optimization problem, which is a

generalization of the well-known Travelling Salesman

Problem (TSP), where one or more salesman can be used in

the path. In this paper mTSP has also been studied and

solved with GA in the form of the vehicle scheduling

problem. The existing model is new models are compared to

both mathematically and experimentally. This work presents

a chromosome methodology setting up the MTSP to be

solved using a GA.

Keywords: mTSP, VRP, Genetic algorithm, Chromosome

method, Optimization.

I. INTRODUCTION

The work on TSP has focused on the idea of a single

salesperson traveling in a continuous trip visiting all n cities

exactly once and returning to the starting point [1]. There

has been some work done on the idea of using multiple

salesmen to visit all of the cities exactly once. In the last two

decades the travelling salesman problem received quite big

attention, and various approaches have been proposed for

obtaining either optimal or near optimal solution for the TSP

[2]. In this method used to solve the TSP range from classic

methodologies based on linear programming and branch-

and-bound to artificial intelligence methods such as neural

networks [5]

Some of these methods are exact algorithms, while others

are near-optimal or approximate algorithms. The exact

algorithms use integer linear programming [3] approaches

with additional constraints.

The work on solving mTSPs using GA has focused on

vehicle scheduling problems [4]. The vehicle scheduling

problem (VSP) consists of scheduling a fleet of m vehicles

visit to n cities with each city being visited by and only one

vehicle. More recently, genetic algorithms (GA) are

successfully implemented to solve TSP [1]. Potvin presents

a survey of GA approaches for the general TSP [2].

II. PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

The multiple TSP work has focused on vehicle scheduling

problems with the goal of minimizing the total distance

travelled by all the trucks (salesman) or minimizing the total

number of trucks required [2].

The aim of balancing the workload (or distance travelled)

among the multiple salesman that are being used to visit the

required cities is a problem is very difficult. Using multiple

salesmen makes the problem even harder due to the

increased number of ways to visit each city once. While the

multiple TSP can be modeled as a single TSP, The result is

effectively a longer tour that increases the solution space of

the problem.

The multiple traveling salesman problems (MTSP) are a

difficult problem that can use to significant number of

practical problem. The MTSP is similar to the notoriously

difficult traveling salesman problem (TSP) that seeks on

optimal tour of n cities, visiting each city exactly once with

no sub tours [4]. In the MTSP, the n cities are partitioned

into m tours. With each assigned to a separate salesman. The

MTSP is even more difficult than the TSP because it

requires determining which cities to assign to each salesman

as well as the optimal ordering of the cities within each

salesmans tour [5].

In this paper tools developed for a modified mTSP related to

the optimization of one to many distribution systems will be

studied and a novel genetic algorithm based solution will be

proposed.

In the case of mTSP, a set of nodes (location or cities) are

given, and all of the cities must be visited exactly once by

the salesman who all start and end at the single depot node.

The number of cities is denoted by n and the number of

salesman by m. The goal is to find tours for all salesmen,

such that the total traveling cost (the cost of visiting all

nodes) is minimized. The cost metric can be defined in

terms of distance, times, etc., some possible variations of the

problem are as follows.

1 Multiple depots: If there exist multiple depots with

a number of salesmen located at each, a salesman

at each depot remains the same after all the travel.

2 Number of salesman: The number of salesmen in

the problem can be fixed number.

3 Fixed charges: If the number of salesmen is a

bonded variable, usually the usage of each

salesman in the solution has an associated fixed

cost; In this case the minimization of this bounded

variable may be involved in the optimization.

4 Other restrictions: These additional restrictions can

consist of the maximum or minimum distance

travelling duration salesman travels, or other

constraints.

The main goal is to minimize the total traveling cost of the

problem that is often formulated as assignment based integer

linear programming [3]:

The Optimizing Multiple Travelling Salesman Problem

Using Genetic Algorithm

R.Jayasutha

1

Dr. B. S. E. Zoraida

2

1

Research Scholar

2

Assistant Professor

1,2

Bharathidasan University, Trichirappalli

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+Sub tour elimination constraints (1.6)

{}

(1.7)

Usually, mTSP is formulated by integer programing

formulations; one variation is presented in equation (1.1)-

(1.7). The mTSP problem is defined on a graph G = (V, A),

where V is the set of n nodes (Vertices) and A is the arcs

(edges), Let C = (

with A. The matrix symmetric if

(i,j) A

asymmetric otherwise. Here

used to represents the cost of the involvement of one

salesman in the solution. Further mathematical

representation can be found in [3].

III. PRELIMINARIES

A. Over View of GA

Genetic algorithms (GAs) are a relatively new optimization

technique that can be applied to TSPs. The basic ideas of

behind Gas evolved in the mind of John Holland at the

University of Michigan in the early 1970s (Holland, 1975).

Most of the work on solving mTSPs using Gas has focused

on the vehicle scheduling problem (VSP) [4]. The

development of effective GA operators for TSPs has led to

great deal of interest and research to improve GA

performance for this type of problem [5].

In a nutshell, GA work by generating a population of

numeric vectors (called chromosome), each representing a

possible solution to a problem. The individual components

(numeric values) with in a chromosome are called genes.

New chromosomes are created by crossover (the

probabilistic exchange of values between vectors) or

mutation (the random replacements of values in a vector).

Mutation provides randomness with in the chromosomes to

increase coverage of the search space and help prevent

premature convergence on a local optimum. Chromosomes

are evaluated according to a fitness (or objective) function,

with the fittest solving and less fit being eliminated. The

result is a gene pool that evolves over time to produce and

better solutions to a problem. The search process typically

continues until a pre-specified fitness value is reached, a set

amount of computing time passes or until no significant

improvement occurs in the population for a given number of

iterations.

A well designed chromosome must accurately represent a

solution to the problem and allow the GA operators to work

effectively to generate better solutions as the iterative

evolutionary process continues. Solving the TSP using Gas

has generated a great deal of research focused on how to

perform the action of evolving an optimal (or good)

solution to the problem.

A new approach of chromosome representation, the so-

called two-part chromosome technique can be found [7]

which reduce the size of the search space by the elimination

of redundant solution.

B. Fitness function

The fitness function assigns a numeric value to each

individual in the population. The value define some kind of

goodness, thus it determines the ranking of the individuals.

The fitness function is always problem dependent.

In the case the fitness value is the total cost of the

transportation, i.e. the total length of each round trip. The

fitness function calculates the total length for each function

calculates the total length for each chromosome, and

summarizes these values for each individual. This sum is the

fitness value of a solution. It is a minimization problem, thus

the smallest value is the best.

C. Selection

Individuals are selected according to the fitness. The better

chromosomes are more chances to be selected. The selected

individuals can be presented in the new population without

any changes, or can be selected to be a tournament for a

crossover. We use the so-called tournament selection

because of its efficiency.

Tournament selection, a few individuals are selected from

the population randomly. The winner of the tournament is

the individual with the best fitness value. Some of the first

participants in the randomly are selected in to the new

population.

D. Mutation

The mutation operator induces changes in a small number of

chromosomes units. Its purpose is to maintain the population

diversified enough during the optimization process. The

mutation operation in GA works on a single chromosome at

a time and alters the genes of the chromosomes randomly. In

this TSP application using GA, the mutation plays the

primary role in arriving at the solutions.

IV. GENETIC ALGORITHM IN MTSP

GA is relatively new global stochastic search algorithm

which based an evolutionary biology-and computer science

principles [1]. Due to the effective optimization capabilities

of Ga [2], it makes these techniques suitable solving TSP

and mTSP problems.

A. The Permutation representation for mTSP

If modeled properly the mTSP can be solved using any of

operators developed for the TSP. Researchers have proposed

two methods of modeling the mTSP search that a TSP

operator can be used. One method uses two chromosomes to

model the mTSB. The first chromosome provides a

permutation of the cities and the second chromosome

assigns a salesman to the city in the corresponding position

of the first chromosome [5]. This method requires two

chromosome of length n to represent a solution.

Every genetic algorithm starts with an initial solution set

consist of randomly created chromosomes. This called

population. The individual in the new population are

generated from the previous populations individuals by the

predetermined chromosome methods. The algorithm

finishes if the stop criteria is satisfied. For a specific

problem it is a much more complex task, we need to define

the encoding is called permutation encoding.

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B. The two part technique

Fig-1 illustrates one approach for representing solution to an

MTSP (where n=15 and m=4) that we refer to as the Two

chromosome technique.as the name implies this method

requires two chromosome, each of length m, to represent a

solution. The first chromosome provides a permutation of

the n cities while the second chromosome assigns a

salesman to each of the cities in the corresponding position

of the first chromosome.

1) Cities

2 5 14 6 1 11 8 13 4 10 3 12 15 9 7

2) Salesman

Fig. 1: Example of the two chromosome representation for a

15 city mTSP with 4salesman

In the example in Fig-1, cities 2,8,12 and 9 (in that order)

are visited by salesman 2, cities 5, 14, 10 and 15 (in that

order) are visited by salesman 1; and remaining cities being

assigned to salesman 3 and 4. Using this chromosome

design, there are n! m,

n

possible solutions to the problem.

Where n is the number of cities and m is the number of

salesman. However, many of the possible solution are

redundant. For example, the first two genes in each of the

above chromosomes can be interchanged to create a

different chromosome that results in an identical (or

redundant) solution.

V. EXPERIMENTAL RESULT

Although the algorithm was tested with a big number of

problems, only an illustrative result is presented here. As it

was mentioned earlier the algorithm has implemented in

MATLAB. The example represents a whole process of a

real problems solution. The input data is given by distance

matrix, MTSP is (n=15, m=4) the multiple traveling

salesman problem is determined as follows: Given n cities,

known as nodes, a distance matrix where, D= [dij] consist of

the distance between city i and city j. An attempt to finding

near optimal solution for NP-hard problem

Fig. 2: The example of MTSP (initial inputs)

To analyses the new representation of genetic algorithm

using this approach was developed in MATLAB. This

approach is more effective of the two chromosome

technique. It requires input set, coordinates of the cities and

the distance table which contain the traveling distances of

cities. The fitness function simply summarizes the overall

route length for salesman inside individuals.

The section is tournament selection, where tournament size

i.e. the number of individuals who complete for survival is

8. The population size must be divisible by 8. The winner of

the tournament is the member with the smallest fitness, the

individual is selected for new individual creation, and the

member will get into the new population

The winner of the tournament is the member with the

smallest fitness, the individual is selected for new individual

creation, and the member will get into the new population

Fig. 3: mTSP Best history solution

The traveling salesman problem (TSP) is considered for

combinational methods.it provides a standard test bed, to

find near optimal to NP-hard problems.

Problem name Optimal solution Best known value

Att48 33551 42402

Dantiz17 699 770

Fri26 937 1100

Gr17 2085 2200

Ha30 Unknown 513

Kn57 Unknown 14914

Table 1: Simulation results

The test problems were selected from a standard collection

of TSPs that were transformed into MTSPs by using more

than one salesman (m) to complete the tour. The repeated

own tests using the objective of minimizing the longest

individual salesman tour. The fitness values decreases as the

number of salesman increase we are dividing the cities up

among more salesman. This creates a situation where each

salesman visits fewer cities, so the fitness values (improve)

with the addition of more salesmen. The results of these

tests are presented in Fig-3

VI. CONCLUSION

This paper explored a chromosome representation for

multiple traveling salesmen problem. A novel representation

based genetic algorithm has been multiple depot version of

MTSP. The main benefit is transparency of the

representation that allows effective incorporation of

heuristic and constraints and allows easy implementation of

minimizing the cost of the tour. Some heuristics can be

applied to improve the effectiveness of the algorithm,

appropriate choice of the initial population. Moreover, the

characteristics of the mTSP seem more appropriate for real-

life applications, and it is also possible to extend the

problem to a wide variety of vehicle routing problems

(VRPs) by incorporating some additional side constraints.

2 1 1 3 4 3 2 4 4 1 3 2 1 2 3

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