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Multistars, partial multistars and the capacitated vehicle routing problem

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2002
<mark>Journal</mark>Mathematical Programming
Issue number1
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)21-40
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In an unpublished paper, Araque, Hall and Magnanti considered polyhedra associated with the Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem (CVRP) in the special case of unit demands. Among the valid and facet-inducing inequalities presented in that paper were the so-called multistar and partial multistar inequalities, each of which came in several versions. Some related inequalities for the case of general demands have appeared subsequently and the result is a rather bewildering array of apparently different classes of inequalities. The main goal of the present paper is to present two relatively simple procedures that can be used to show the validity of all known (and some new) multistar and partial multistar inequalities, in both the unit and general demand cases. The procedures provide a unifying explanation of the inequalities and, perhaps more importantly, ideas that can be exploited in a cutting plane algorithm for the CVRP. Computational results show that the new inequalities can be useful as cutting planes for certain CVRP instances.