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Heuristic Scheduling of Activities under Resource and Precedence Restrictions

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  • Arne Thesen

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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    This paper extends the field of heuristic algorithms for resource constrained scheduling problems in three important areas. First, an algorithm is introduced where the role of the heuristic scheduling urgency factor is expanded from one of solely determining the order in which activities are considered for scheduling at a given instant, to one of determining the combination of activities to be scheduled at this instant. Second, a new hybrid scheduling urgency factor capitalizing on the fact that this algorithm is sensitive to the absolute value rather than relative sequence of the urgency factors is introduced. Finally, a systematic approach to the evaluation of such algorithms is introduced. This includes the identification of relevant problem attributes and the adoption of evaluative concepts such as computational efficiency and analytic and systems effectiveness.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 23 (1976)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 412-422

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:23:y:1976:i:4:p:412-422

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    Cited by:
    1. M. Vanhoucke & J. Coelho & L. V. Tavares & D. Debels, 2004. "On The Morphological Structure Of A Network," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 04/272, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    2. Kolisch, Rainer, 1996. "Serial and parallel resource-constrained project scheduling methods revisited: Theory and computation," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 90(2), pages 320-333, April.
    3. Golenko-Ginzburg, Dimitri & Gonik, Aharon, 1997. "Stochastic network project scheduling with non-consumable limited resources," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 29-37, January.

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