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Optimize Method Acting Quirky

This is a discussion on Optimize Method Acting Quirky within the Development forums, part of the MapPoint Desktop Discussion category; I am using VB to access the MapPoint object. I create a route, and invoke the Optimize method. The results ...

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    m_sweeney is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Optimize Method Acting Quirky

    I am using VB to access the MapPoint object. I create a route, and invoke the Optimize method. The results are clearly not the most efficient possible route. I understand that MapPoint uses heuristics in order to create the route, but I would expect much better results; in several situations, MapPoint sequences the waypoints in such a way that has the route passing waypoint it had already stopped at, or going far out of the way.

    Has anyone else had any similar experiences? Have you devised a way of addressing this situation?

    Thanks In Advance,

    - Michael
    Last edited by m_sweeney; 05-18-2010 at 07:42 AM.

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    Re: Optimize Method Acting Quirky

    Hi Michael,

    I'm sure that many of us have had the experience of questionable routes
    and have had to adjust preferences of road types, start and stop times,
    and even add Avoid Areas to stay off certain roads.

    You have to know that even the most sophisticated routing software in
    the world has a thoroughly experienced routing professional pushing stops
    where they need them just to fudge a bid on an important contract.

    It is some science, some art ... all in all, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    Mike Mattys
    Business Process Developers
    Mattys Consulting Maps & Custom Programming

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    Re: Optimize Method Acting Quirky

    Mike,

    Thanks for the input.

    I did find that the drive profile is the key. In some more urban areas, it is desireable that MapPoint avoid certain types of roads, and in more rural settings it should use. Once the driver profile was changed, MapPoint stopped avoiding that particularly road.

    So MapPoint was doing exactly what it was being told, I just didn't realize those settings had been maodified.

    Hopefully I can set my driver profile by the zip code/area that the route is being generated for.

    Thanks Again,

    - Michael

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