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A Genetic Algorithm for the Multi-Mode Resource-Constrained Project Scheduling Problem

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  • V. VAN PETEGHEM

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  • M. VANHOUCKE

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In this paper we present a genetic algorithm for the multi-mode resource-constrained project scheduling problem (MRCPSP), in which multiple execution modes are available for each of the activities of the project. In contrast to a conventional genetic algorithm, we apply a bi-population genetic algorithm, which makes use of two seperate populations. We extend the serial schedule generation scheme by introducing a mode optimization procedure.We present detailed comparative computational results, which reveals that our procedure is among the most competitive algorithms for the MRCPSP.

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Paper provided by Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in its series Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium with number 08/494.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:rug:rugwps:08/494

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Keywords: project scheduling; genetic algorithm; multi-mode RCPSP;

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