Traveling Salesman Problem

The Traveling Salesman Problem is one of the most intensively studied problems in computational mathematics. These pages are devoted to the history, applications, and current research of this challenge of finding the shortest route visiting each member of a collection of locations and returning to your starting point.

In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman
Concorde iPhone/iPad App
TSP Book
$13.05 at Amazon.com
Chapter 1 as pdf file
Facebook Page
TSP iPhone/iPad App
iTunes Preview
App Support Page
NY Times Article



United States TSP
$500 Prize for best tour through 115,475 US cities.
Scientific American
Short piece on Yogi Berra and the TSP
Travelling Salesman
Thriller movie centered around a solution of the TSP
Stephen Colbert 49,512-city tour of Colbert Nation via the iPhone App.
Mona Lisa TSP
$1,000 Prize for a 100,000-city challenge problem.
Google Maps
Plot an optimal TSP tour with a Google interface.
pla85900
Solution of a 85,900-city TSP.
Iowa Tour
Optimal route for a 99-county campaign tour.

The Traveling Salesman Problem: A Computational Study by Applegate, Bixby, Chvatal, and Cook. Description of the techniques we use to compute lower bounds on the lengths of all TSP tours.
Optimal solution for visiting all 24,978 cities in Sweden. Tour has length approximately 72,500 kilometers. The TSP was featured in a contest run by Proctor and Gamble in 1962. The challenge problem had 33 cities.
A graphical user interface available for Concorde on Windows' platforms. The Concorde TSP solver is used in a genome sequencing package from the National Institutes of Health.
A collection of 25 TSP challenge problems consisting of cities in Argentina through Zimbabwe. Pages describing some of the history of the TSP as a mathematical and computational challenge.
A flash game to find the optimal tour through a randomly generated set of city locations. A challenge problem consisting of the locations of 1,904,711 cities throughout the world.

The work described here is supported by the Office of Naval Research (N00014-09-1-0048) grant. A good source for computational research on the traveling salesman problem and general optimization is the journal Mathematical Programming Computation. See the pages Research in the Faculty of Mathematics for an overview of work at the University of Waterloo.

Contact: William Cook (bico@uwaterloo.ca)