This paper is a continuation of our ongoing efforts to solve a number of geometric problems and their extensions by using advanced tools of variational analysis and generalized differentiation. Here we propose and study, from both qualitative and numerical viewpoints, the following optimal location problem as well as its further extensions: on a given nonempty subset of a Banach space, find a point such that the sum of the distances from it to n given nonempty subsets of this space is minimal. This is a generalized version of the classical Heron problem: on a given straight line, find a point C such that the sum of the distances from C to the given points A and B is minimal. We show that the advanced variational techniques allow us to completely solve optimal location problems of this type in some important settings.
Number in Series
Applied Mathematics | Mathematics
AMS Subject Classification
49J52, 49J53, 90C31
Mordukhovich, Boris S.; Nam, Nguyen Mau; and Salinas, Juan Jr, "Applications of Variational Analysis to a Generalized Heron Problem" (2011). Mathematics Research Reports. 88.