, Volume 44, Issue 1-3, pp 293-295

Open questions concerning Weiszfeld's algorithm for the Fermat-Weber location problem

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Abstract

The Fermat—Weber location problem is to find a point in ℝ n that minimizes the sum of the weighted Euclidean distances fromm given points in ℝ n . A popular iterative solution method for this problem was first introduced by Weiszfeld in 1937. In 1973 Kuhn claimed that if them given points are not collinear then for all but a denumerable number of starting points the sequence of iterates generated by Weiszfeld's scheme converges to the unique optimal solution. We demonstrate that Kuhn's convergence theorem is not always correct. We then conjecture that if this algorithm is initiated at the affine subspace spanned by them given points, the convergence is ensured for all but a denumerable number of starting points.