A Stability Approach for Minimizing Total Weighted Completion Time with Uncertain Data

by Y.N. Sotskov, N.G. Egorova, F. Werner


The paper is published: Automation and Remote Control, Vol. 71, No. 10, 2010, 2038 - 2057 (under the title: Minimizing Total Weighted Completion Time with Uncertain Data: A Stability Approach; Russian version in Avtomatika i Telemekhanika, No. 10., 2010, 26 - 49) 

Preprint series: 10-02, Preprints

90B35 Scheduling theory, see also {68M20}


Abstract: A single-machine scheduling problem is investigated provided that the input data are uncertain: The processing time of a job can take any real value from the given segment. The criterion is to minimize the total weighted completion time for the $n$ jobs. As a solution concept to such a scheduling problem with an uncertain input data, it is reasonable to consider a minimal dominant set of job permutations containing an optimal permutation for each possible realization of the job processing times. To find an optimal or approximate job permutation to be realized, we look for a permutation with the largest stability box being a subset of the stability region. We develop a branch-and-bound algorithm to construct a permutation with the largest volume of a stability box. If several permutations have the same volume of a stability box, we select one of them due to one of two simple heuristics. The efficiency of the constructed permutations (how close they are to a factually optimal permutation) and the efficiency of the developed software (average CPU-time used for an instance) are demonstrated on a wide set of randomly generated instances with $5 \leq n \leq 100$.

Keywords: Scheduling, Single machine problems, Total weighted completion time, Stability, Uncertainty, Interval processing times

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