We consider the Generalized Minimum Spanning Tree Problem denoted by GMSTP. It is known that GMSTP is NP-hard and even finding a near optimal solution is NP-hard. We introduce a new mixed integer programming formulation of the problem which contains a polynomial number of constraints and a polynomial number of variables. Based on this formulation we give an heuristic solution, a lower bound procedure and an upper bound procedure and present the advantages of our approach in comparison with an earlier method. We present a solution procedure for solving GMST problem using cutting planes.
|Publisher||Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Twente|