Journal of Heuristics

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 393–415 | Cite as

The effective application of a new approach to the generalized orienteering problem

  • John Silberholz
  • Bruce Golden


The Orienteering Problem (OP) is an important problem in network optimization in which each city in a network is assigned a score and a maximum-score path from a designated start city to a designated end city is sought that is shorter than a pre-specified length limit. The Generalized Orienteering Problem (GOP) is a generalized version of the OP in which each city is assigned a number of scores for different attributes and the overall function to optimize is a function of these attribute scores. In this paper, the function used was a non-linear combination of attribute scores, making the problem difficult to solve. The GOP has a number of applications, largely in the field of routing. We designed a two-parameter iterative algorithm for the GOP, and computational experiments suggest that this algorithm performs as well as or better than other heuristics for the GOP in terms of solution quality while running faster. Further computational experiments suggest that our algorithm also outperforms the leading algorithm for solving the OP in terms of solution quality while maintaining a comparable solution speed.


Generalized orienteering problem Heuristics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.R.H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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