Abstract

Generalized Partition Crossover (GPX) is a deterministic recombination operator developed for the Traveling Salesman Problem. Partition crossover operators return the best of 2k reachable offspring, where k is the number of recombining components. This article introduces a new GPX2 operator, which finds more recombining components than GPX or Iterative Partial Transcription (IPT). We also show that GPX2 has O(n) runtime complexity, while also introducing new enhancements to reduce the execution time of GPX2. Finally, we experimentally demonstrate the efficiency of GPX2 when it is used to improve solutions found by the multitrial Lin-Kernighan-Helsgaum (LKH) algorithm. Significant improvements in performance are documented on large (n>5000) and very large (n=100,000) instances of the Traveling Salesman Problem.

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