The variable radius covering problem Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In this paper we propose a covering problem where the covering radius of a facility is controlled by the decision-maker; the cost of achieving a certain covering distance is assumed to be a monotonically increasing function of the distance (i.e., it costs more to establish a facility with a greater covering radius). The problem is to cover all demand points at a minimum cost by finding optimal number, locations and coverage radii for the facilities. Both, the planar and discrete versions of the model are considered. Heuristic approaches are suggested for solving large problems in the plane. These methods were tested on a set of planar problems. Mathematical programming formulations are proposed for the discrete problem, and a solution approach is suggested and tested.

publication date

  • July 2009