Timetable Merging for the Periodic Event Scheduling Problem

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  • We propose a new mixed integer programming based heuristic for computing new benchmark primal solutions for instances of the PESPlib. The PESPlib is a collection of instances for the Periodic Event Scheduling Problem (PESP), comprising periodic timetabling problems inspired by real-world railway timetabling settings, and attracting several international research teams during the last years. We describe two strategies to merge a set of good periodic timetables. These make use of the instance structure and minimum weight cycle bases, finally leading to restricted mixed integer programming formulations with tighter variable bounds. Implementing this timetable merging approach in a concurrent solver, we improve the objective values of the best known solutions for the smallest and largest PESPlib instances by 1.7 and 4.3 percent, respectively.

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Author:Niels LindnerORCiD, Christian LiebchenORCiD
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Tag:Benchmark Solutions; Mixed Integer Programming; PESPlib; Periodic Event Scheduling Problem; Periodic Timetabling; Railway Timetabling
MSC-Classification:90-XX OPERATIONS RESEARCH, MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING
CCS-Classification:J. Computer Applications
Date of first Publication:2021/02/24
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (21-06)
ISSN:1438-0064