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Observations on new initial basic feasible solution (IBFS) Ethods published in the literature for transportation problem

Mathirajan, M and Rani, MV (2021) Observations on new initial basic feasible solution (IBFS) Ethods published in the literature for transportation problem. In: 11th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2021, 7-11 Mar 2021, pp. 201-210.

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The time required to reach the optimal solution for transportation problem (TP) is primarily dependent on the quality of the IBFS method. Therefore, many researchers are involved in developing a new IBFS method for TP. Another reason for proposing new IBFS methods is that most of the organizations are expecting better solution than the best solution in comparing with the type of expertise and technology required for obtaining the best solution. Based on our detailed analysis of the literature, it is observed that there are 105 IBFS methods are presented in the literature. Though many IBFS methods are reported, to the best of our knowledge, no study systematically reviewed all the reported IBFS methods in the literature. So, this study addressed this gap. From the detailed analyses of the literature it is observed that (a) except a very few studies, all the reported studies in the literature did not follow the required research processes to claim that the proposed method(s) is(are) performing better/superior to the benchmark procedure(s) considered in their respective study, (b) almost all the researchers considered the VAM as benchmark procedure but not the latest better performing IBFS method(a) reported in the literature; (c) a few sets of authors proposed different IBFS methods and published in different journals, but they never compared their own proposed methods together; and (d) though there are 143 different tiny size transportation problems reported during 1965 to 2020 in the literature for performance analysis, all most all the research studies considered only a very small number of tiny TP instances out of these 143 instances, which are favoring their proposed method(s), for their performance analysis. These observations are substantiated by solving all the 143 tiny TPs, identified in the literature, considering a set of latest IBFS methods published in the literature. © IEOM Society International.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Publisher: IEOM Society
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to IEOM Society
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Management Studies
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2021 08:22
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2021 08:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/70180

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