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A hybrid scatter search/electromagnetism meta-heuristic for project scheduling

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  • Debels, Dieter
  • De Reyck, Bert
  • Leus, Roel
  • Vanhoucke, Mario

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In the last few decades, several effective algorithms for solving the resource-constrained project scheduling problem have been proposed. However, the challenging nature of this problem, summarised in its strongly NP-hard status, restricts the effectiveness of exact optimisation to relatively small instances. In this paper, we present a new meta-heuristic for this problem, able to provide near-optimal heuristic solutions. The procedure combines elements from scatter search, a generic population-based evolutionary search method, and a recently introduced heuristic method for the optimisation of unconstrained continuous functions based on an analogy with electromagnetism theory, hereafter referred to as the electromagnetism meta-heuristic. We present computational experiments on standard benchmark datasets, compare the results with current state-ofthe- art heuristics, and show that the procedure is capable of producing consistently good results for challenging instances of the resource-constrained project scheduling problem. We also demonstrate that the algorithm outperforms state-of-the-art existing heuristics.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Operational Research.

Volume (Year): 169 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 638-653

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:169:y:2006:i:2:p:638-653

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  1. M. Vanhoucke, 2007. "A genetic algorithm to investigate the trade-off between project lead time and net present value," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 07/456, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

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