Heuristic for Maximizing Grouping Efficiency in the Cell Formation Problem

  • Ilya BychkovEmail author
  • Mikhail Batsyn
  • Panos M. Pardalos
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 197)


In our paper, we consider the Cell Formation Problem in Group Technology with grouping efficiency as an objective function. We present a heuristic approach for obtaining high-quality solutions of the CFP. The suggested heuristic applies an improvement procedure to obtain solutions with high grouping efficiency. This procedure is repeated many times for randomly generated cell configurations. Our computational experiments are performed for popular benchmark instances taken from the literature with sizes from 10\(\,\times \,\)20 to 50\(\,\times \,\)150. Better solutions unknown before are found for 23 instances of the 24 considered. The preliminary results for this paper are available in Bychkov et al. (Models, algorithms, and technologies for network analysis, Springer, NY, vol. 59, pp. 43–69, 2013, [7]).



This work was conducted at the Laboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Network Analysis of National Research University Higher School of Economics and partly supported by RSF 14-41-00039 grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilya Bychkov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mikhail Batsyn
    • 1
  • Panos M. Pardalos
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Network AnalysisNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsNizhny NovgorodRussia
  2. 2.Center for Applied Optimization, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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