Heuristic algorithm for solving a multimodal location-based concierge service problem

Seungmo Kang, Seung Oh, Tschangho John Kim

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As a location-based services problem, the concierge service problem is to find a minimum total cost for purchasing predetermined types and quantities of items with the shortest paths connecting the locations where the items are available. These locations are defined as points of interest (POIs). The total cost includes purchasing and stopping costs at POIs as well as the travel cost from origin to destination. To respond to a request for such a service, a search algorithm should be reasonably fast in computational time and high in accuracy. A heuristic search algorithm was developed by a Euclidean distance approach using a geographic information system. The algorithm was implemented with 1,248 POIs in the Seoul, South Korea, metropolitan area as a case study site. The road network is composed of 52,915 nodes and 77,339 links, and the existing subway network, and all existing bus routes were used for the implementation. Four scenarios were examined: a request for a service in peak and off-peak periods with and without turning restrictions. The results indicate that the computational time in each case is less than 4 s with the transit networks only and less than 30 s if the road network is used. The paper also evaluates the solutions generated from the algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTravel Survey Methods, Information Technology, and Geospatial Data
PublisherNational Research Council
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0309099811, 9780309099813
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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