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Route Planning (Multiple Point to Points)

This is a discussion on Route Planning (Multiple Point to Points) within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; In regards to a delivery route I will be growing on, I will have a starting point and ending point ...

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    robertuva is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Route Planning (Multiple Point to Points)

    In regards to a delivery route I will be growing on, I will have a starting point and ending point every day, but the points in between will be very different each day. Is there a way to plug in say 20-30 points daily and have it map out the best route rather than having to say this is my first stop, this is my second, and so on. Basically I want MapPoint to figure out what my best route is based on either distance or time. Possible?

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    Yes it can by selecting "optimize route".

    It can be slow, because it is doing a lot of route finding.
    You're essentially asking for the Travelling Salesman Problem which is known to be NP (ie. processing time is exponential of the number of points).

    It will help MapPoint if the points are close together, because each individual route segment will take less time to compute.


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