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Shortest path problem with multiple goals on a grid

  1. Jan 5, 2013 #1
    Hi, I've been reading up a bit on the shortest path problem in graph theory and was wondering if the problem I'm trying to solve is a variation of the same graph theory problem.

    Say you have a grid of vertices and edges representing aisles and cross-aisles in a warehouse. In a standard picking problem, you will have to go and pick items up in various locations throughout the warehouse.

    The algorithm that I found is for single pair shortest path meaning that there is one source and one goal. Am I right in thinking that what I need is an algorithm that takes a single source with multiple goals (pick locations) and then finds the shortest path from the source that goes through all the goals? Is there such an algorithm?
     
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  3. Jan 5, 2013 #2

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  4. Jan 6, 2013 #3

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    It might be much more tractable than the general TSP. E.g. if a candidate solution has a step from node A to node B, and there is a node C within the rectangle with corners A. B, then you might as well visit C on the way from A to B.
     
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