Finding optimal solutions to the graph partitioning problem with heuristic search Academic Article uri icon


  • As search spaces become larger and as problems scale up, an efficient way to speed up the search is to use a more accurate heuristic function. A better heuristic function might be obtained by the following general idea. Many problems can be divided into a set of subproblems and subgoals that should be achieved. Interactions and conflicts between unsolved subgoals of the problem might provide useful knowledge which could be used to construct an informed heuristic function. In this paper we demonstrate this idea on the graph partitioning problem (GPP). We first show how to format GPP as a search problem and then introduce a sequence of admissible heuristic functions estimating the size of the optimal partition by looking into different interactions between vertices of the graph. We then optimally solve GPP with these heuristics. Experimental results show that our advanced heuristics achieve a speedup of up to a number of orders of magnitude. Finally, we experimentally compare our approach to other states of the art graph partitioning optimal solvers on a number of classes of graphs. The results obtained show that our algorithm outperforms them in many cases.

publication date

  • January 1, 2005