Optimization methods for mixed minefield clearance
Romberger, David D.
Washburn, Alan R.
Eagle, James N.
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This thesis describes the development and implementation of an improved optimization feature for the minefield clearance TDA MIXER. A constrained form of MIXER's original local optimal search method is proposed, followed by an exhaustive search method, and then a simulated annealing method. Computational efficiency and program run times are examined for the exhaustive search method. Also, a performance comparison of "optimal" solutions for the local search and simulated annealing methods is given. A final version of the optimization feature incorporates all three search methods.
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