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T. Jatschka, G. Raidl, T. Rodemann:
"A General Cooperative Optimization Approach for Distributing Service Points in Mobility Applications";
Algorithms, 14 (2021), 8; 1 - 24.

English abstract:
This article presents a cooperative optimization approach (COA) for distributing service points for mobility applications, which generalizes and refines a previously proposed method. COA is an iterative framework for optimizing service point locations, combining an optimization component with user interaction on a large scale and a machine learning component that learns user needs and provides the objective function for the optimization. The previously proposed COA was designed for mobility applications in which single service points are sufficient for satisfying individual user demand. This framework is generalized here for applications in which the satisfaction of demand relies on the existence of two or more suitably located service stations, such as in the case of bike/car sharing systems. A new matrix factorization model is used as surrogate objective function for the optimization, allowing us to learn and exploit similar preferences among users w.r.t. service point locations. Based on this surrogate objective function, a mixed integer linear program is solved to generate an optimized solution to the problem w.r.t. the currently known user information. User interaction, refinement of the matrix factorization, and optimization are iterated. An experimental evaluation analyzes the performance of COA with special consideration of the number of user interactions required to find near optimal solutions. The algorithm is tested on artificial instances, as well as instances derived from real-world taxi data from Manhattan. Results show that the approach can effectively solve instances with hundreds of potential service point locations and thousands of users, while keeping the user interactions reasonably low. A bound on the number of user interactions required to obtain full knowledge of user preferences is derived, and results show that with 50% of performed user interactions the solutions generated by COA feature optimality gaps of only 1.45% on average.

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