Learning the Multiple Traveling Salesmen Problem with Permutation Invariant Pooling Networks

26 Mar 2018  ·  Yoav Kaempfer, Lior Wolf ·

While there are optimal TSP solvers, as well as recent learning-based approaches, the generalization of the TSP to the Multiple Traveling Salesmen Problem is much less studied. Here, we design a neural network solution that treats the salesmen, cities and depot as three different sets of varying cardinalities... We apply a novel technique that combines elements from recent architectures that were developed for sets, as well as elements from graph networks. Coupled with new constraint enforcing output layers, a dedicated loss, and a search method, our solution is shown to outperform all the meta-heuristics of the leading solver in the field. read more

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