A discussion of the well-known traveling salesman problem: "A salesman is required to visit each of n different cities, starting from a base city and returning to this city. What path minimizes the total distance traveled by the salesman?" It is shown that this problem can easily be formulated in dynamic programming terms, and resolved computationally for up to seventeen cities. For larger numbers, the method presented can be used to obtain quick approximate solutions. 7 pp.
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