Guide for the 380CT Assignment on TSP
The actual part you need to submit is the Metaheuristics section. The rest is meant to introduce you to the basics.
Lab 9
 You can use
Template.ipynb
to start writing the part you need to submit (about metaheuristics).  I propose you work as follows (You don't have to follow this though!):
 Ensure the whole group members are familiar with the TSP problem, 2opt and 3opt local search techniques. (see Wikipedia article link below.)
 Implement 2opt or/and 3opt.
 Decide which metaheuristics you want to try. Watch the guest lecture videos on Aula and check the literature related to TSP and the metaheuristics you are thinking of.
 Split the group into 2 subgroups, each to work on one metaheuristic.
 One group member will oversee both groups' work and will be reponsible for merging the 2 notebooks into one coherent notebook.
 You may try Google Colab and/or Microsoft Azure if that helps you work better, but please be aware that I am not sure about their GDPR compliance.
I should emphasise here that "exhaustive search" and "greedy" are *not metaheuristics, nor are 2opt and 3opt. Ensure this is clear to you.
Lab 5

Ensure you have Jupyter.

Familiarise yourself with Jupyter functionaility. Consider taking LinkedIn Learning courses (free through the university) or any suitable alternatives. Here is a recommended set (e.g. each member of the group takes one):

Load and study
Investigating TSP.ipynb
. Can you improve any of the functions to make them more efficient?
 See how large you can make n while testing
exhaustive_search()
.  Check that
greedy_nearest_neighbours()
is correct. If not then fix it!

Read the Wikipedia article on TSP. Pay attention to th Computing a solution section, and especially to the
2opt
and3opt
techniques for defining neighbourhoods. 
Experiment with generating your own graph families. For example:
 Euclidean graphs: generate points using (x,y) coordinates, then generate the adjacency matrix by calculating all the required distances. Recall that the distance between two points (x_{1},y_{1}) and (x_{2},y_{2}) is sqrt[(x_{1}x_{2})^{2}+(y_{1}y_{2})^{2}].
 Graphs with obvious shortest cycle: think of a graph where all the distances are 2 except for the edges on a predefined cycle, where the distance is 1. Such a graph would be useful for testing/debugging the nearest neighbours greedy search.
Bibliography
 Applegate, DL, Bixby, RE, Chvátal, V, Cook, WJ, 2007, The Traveling Salesman Problem: A Computational Study, Princeton University Press, Princeton.
 Cook, WJ 2012, In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limit of Computation, Princeton University Press, Princeton.
 Glover, F, & Kochenberger, GA (eds) 2002, Handbook of Metaheuristics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Secaucus.
 Gutin, G, & Punnen, AP (eds) 2002, The Traveling Salesman Problem and Its Variations, Springer, New York, NY.
 Pintea, C.M., 2014. Advances in Bioinspired Computing for Combinatorial Optimization Problems. 1st ed. 2014.
 Steven, SS 2008, The Algorithm Design Manual, Springer, England.
 You may also find its companion website useful.
 Talbi, E.G., 2009. Metaheuristics from design to implementation, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.