Meaningfulness of conclusions from combinatorial optimization

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This paper summarizes the theory of meaningful statements from the literature of measurement theory and applies the concept of meaningfulness to combinatorial optimization. A variety of statements of the type usually made in combinatorial optimization are analyzed with regard to their meaningfulness and further directions of analysis are indicated. The analysis is applied to such problems as shortest path, maximum weighted acyclic subgraph, minimum spanning tree, utility maximization, and maximization of average performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-241
Number of pages21
JournalDiscrete Applied Mathematics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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