Journal of the Operational Research Society vol:55 issue:7 (July) pages:694-704
The multi-index assignment problem ( MIAP) with decomposable costs is a natural generalization of the well-known assignment problem. Applications of the MIAP arise, for instance, in the field of multi-target multi-sensor tracking. We describe an (exponentially sized) neighbourhood for a solution of the MIAP with decomposable costs, and show that one can find a best solution in this neighbourhood in polynomial time. Based on this neighbourhood, we propose a local search algorithm. We empirically test the performance of published constructive heuristics and the local search algorithm on random instances; a straightforward iterated local search algorithm is also tested. Finally, we compute lower bounds to our problem, which enable us to assess the quality of the solutions found.