Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group

Operations & Information Management

First Advisor

Steven O. Kimbrough


Considering that the decision making process for constrained optimization problem is based on modeling, there is always room for alternative solutions because there is usually a gap between the model and the real problem it depicts. This study looks into the problem of finding such alternative solutions, the non-optimal solutions of interest for constrained optimization models, the SoI problem. SoI problems subsume finding feasible solutions of interest (FoIs) and infeasible solutions of interest (IoIs). In all cases, the interest addressed is post-solution analysis in one form or another. Post-solution analysis of a constrained optimization model occurs after the model has been solved and a good or optimal solution for it has been found. At this point, sensitivity analysis and other questions of import for decision making come into play and for this purpose the SoIs can be very valuable. An evolutionary computation approach (in particular, a population-based metaheuristic) is proposed for solving the SoI problem and a systematic approach with a feasible-infeasible- two-population genetic algorithm is demonstrated. In this study, the effectiveness of the proposed approach on finding SoIs is demonstrated with generalized assignment problems and generalized quadratic assignment problems. Also, the applications of the proposed approach on the multi-objective optimization and robust-optimization issues are examined and illustrated with two-sided matching problems and flowshop scheduling problems respectively.

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