Heuristics for Multi-Stage Interdiction of Stochastic Networks

Harald Held, David L. Woodruff
2005 Journal of Heuristics  
We describe and compare heuristic solution methods for a multi-stage stochastic network interdiction problem. The problem is to maximize the probability of sufficient disruption of the flow of information or goods in a network whose characteristics are not certain. In this formulation, interdiction subject to a budget constraint is followed by operation of the network, which is then followed by a second interdiction subject to a second budget constraint. Computational results demonstrate and
more » ... pare the effectiveness of heuristic algorithms. This problem is interesting in that computing an objective function value requires tremendous effort. We exhibit classes of instances in our computational experiments where local search based on a transformation neighborhood is dominated by a constructive neighborhood. Consider a situation where there is a network that transports goods or information from one important node to another. Suppose further that the exact structure of the network
doi:10.1007/s10732-005-3122-y fatcat:jonlbn6y2vfnbf3l2tpgdbno5u