A Complementary Column Generation Approach for the Graph Equipartition Problem
Al-Ykoob, Salem M.
Sherali, Hanif D.
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This paper investigates the problem of partitioning a complete weighted graph into complete subgraphs, each having the same number of vertices, with the objective of minimizing the sum of edge weights of the resulting subgraphs. This NP-complete problem arises in many applications such as assignment and scheduling-related group partitioning problems and micro-aggregation techniques. In this paper, we present a mathematical programming model and propose a complementary column generation approach to solve the resulting model. A dual based lower bounding feature is also introduced to curtail the notorious tailing-off effects often induced when using column generation methods. Computational results are presented for a wide range of test problems.