Variable-sized bin packing and bin covering

Edward G. Coffman, J. Csirik, Joseph Y.T. Leung

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In this chapter we continue our survey with a focus on two variants of the one-dimensional bin packing problem: the variable-sized bin packing problem and the bin covering problem. In Section 34.2, we survey algorithms for packing into bins of different sizes, a problem first studied by Friesen and Langston [1] in 1986. In Section 34.3, we survey the bin covering problem, which asks for a partition of a given set of items into a maximum number of subsets such that, in every subset, the total item size is always at least some lower bound. This problem was first studied by Assmann et al. [2] in 1984. Concluding remarks are given in Section 34.4.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Approximation Algorithms and Metaheuristics
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781420010749
ISBN (Print)1584885505, 9781584885504
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2007

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    Coffman, E. G., Csirik, J., & Leung, J. Y. T. (2007). Variable-sized bin packing and bin covering. In Handbook of Approximation Algorithms and Metaheuristics (pp. 34-1-34-12). CRC Press.