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Definition of traveling salesman problem in US English:
traveling salesman problem
noun
A mathematical problem in which one tries to find the shortest route that passes through each of a set of points once and only once.
‘The travelling salesman problem is of fundamental interest to mathematicians and physicists, and has a number of practical applications, such as computer design.’
‘What is the expected path length L of the optimum travelling salesman problem tour in Euclidean norm?’
‘Instead of starting with random collections of answers, such as the various routes in the travelling salesman problem, GP begins with random collections of mathematical operations and inputs: add, x, sine, multiply, y, and so on.’
‘Furthermore the travelling salesman problem can be solved in linear time on a weighted 3-connected Halin graph.’
‘A classic example is the travelling salesman problem, which entails working out the shortest route connecting a large number of points in space so that each is visited just once.’
‘In the travelling salesman problem, you have to find the shortest round trip visiting every town exactly once.’
‘Thus, you can, for example, set up a ring topology which can be used to optimize the classical travelling salesman problem.’
‘The travelling salesman problem belongs to the large class of nondeterministic polynomial time complete problems.’
‘These ‘ants’ are good for solving a classic algorithm problem, the so-called ‘travelling salesman problem.’
‘The travelling salesman problem is quite simple: a travelling salesman has to visit customers in several towns, exactly one customer in each town.’