General Variable Neighborhood Search for Computing Graph Separators

TitleGeneral Variable Neighborhood Search for Computing Graph Separators
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSánchez-Oro, J., N. Mladenovic, and A. Duarte
JournalOptimization Letters

Computing graph separators in networks has a wide range of real-world applications. For instance, in telecommunication networks, a separator determines the capacity and brittleness of the network. In the field of graph algorithms, the computation of balanced small-sized separators is very useful, especially for divide-and-conquer algorithms. In bioinformatics and computational biology, separators are required in grid graphs providing a simplified representation of proteins. This papers presents a new heuristic algorithm based on the Variable Neighborhood Search methodology for computing vertex separators. We compare our procedure with the state-of-the-art methods. Computational results show that our procedure obtains the optimum solution in all of the small and medium instances, and high-quality results in large instances.