Bin packing approximation algorithms: Survey and classification

Edward G. Coffman, J. Csirik, Gábor Galambos, Silvano Martello, Daniele Vigo

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The survey presents an overview of approximation algorithms for the classical bin packing problem and reviews the more important results on performance guarantees. Both on-line and off-line algorithms are analyzed. The investigation is extended to variants of the problem through an extensive review of dual versions, variations on bin sizes and item packing, as well as those produced by additional constraints. The bin packing papers are classified according to a novel scheme that allows one to create a compact synthesis of the topic, the main results, and the corresponding algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Combinatorial Optimization
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages77
ISBN (Electronic)9781441979971
ISBN (Print)9781441979964
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013

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  • Mathematics(all)

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    Coffman, E. G., Csirik, J., Galambos, G., Martello, S., & Vigo, D. (2013). Bin packing approximation algorithms: Survey and classification. In Handbook of Combinatorial Optimization (Vol. 1-5, pp. 455-531). Springer New York.