Solving the capacitated vertex k-center problem through the minimum capacitated dominating set problem

Autor: José Alejandro Cornejo Acosta
Coautor(es): José Alejandro Cornejo Acosta, Jesús García Díaz, Ricardo Menchaca Méndez, Rolando Menchaca Méndez
The capacitated vertex k-center problem receives as input a complete weighted graph and a set of capacity constraints. Its goal is to find a set of k centers and an assignment of vertices that does not violate the capacity constraints. Furthermore, the distance from the farthest vertex to its assigned center has to be minimized. The capacitated vertex k-center problem models real situations where a maximum number of clients must be assigned to centers and the travel time or distance from the clients to their assigned center has to be minimized. These centers might be hospitals, schools, police stations, among many others. The goal of this paper is to explicitly state how the capacitated vertex k-center problem and the minimum capacitated dominating set problem are related. We present an exact algorithm that consists of solving a series of integer programming formulations equivalent to the minimum capacitated dominating set problem over the bottleneck input graph. Lastly, we present an empirical evaluation of the proposed algorithm using off-the-shelf optimization software. This paper was recently accepted in September 2020 in the Journal of Mathematics MDPI. https://susy.mdpi.com/acceptance/certificate/displayFile/d290c0dddaa160ef2b3947506c714cc3