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A two-phase method for multidimensional number partitioning problem

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  • The multidimensional number partitioning problem is to split a given set of integer vectors into two disjoint subsets, such that the sums of the elements in the two subsets are equal or nearly equal on every coordinate. This partitioning problem is in fact NP-hard. In this paper, we propose an optimization method for this problem. The proposed method involves recasting the original problem as a two-phase optimization problem. First, candidate partitions are obtained by using the method proposed in [4]. Then the optimal one is selected from the obtained candidate partitions. An example is given to illustrate the method.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 90C10, 05A18; Secondary: 65K05.


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