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Information Technology Journal
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 7 | Page No.: 1374-1380
DOI: 10.3923/itj.2011.1374.1380
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Solving Project Scheduling Problems using Estimation of Distribution Algorithm with Local Simplex Search

Yan-Jun Shi, Guo-Jiang Shen and Wang Chen

The Resource-Constrained Project Scheduling Problem (RCPSP) is a NP-hard problem in information engineering. The activities of a project have to be scheduled for satisfying all the precedence and resource constraints. We presented a heuristic algorithm (EDAS) to deal with this problem which employed an estimation of distribution algorithm (known as EDA) and improved the local search capacity with a simplex search. In this algorithm, the EDA firstly searched the solution space and generated activity lists to provide the initial population; then, the EDA selected the sample solutions to build a probability distribution model. The new individual was generated by sampling this model. The simplex search was used to enhance the local search capacity of the EDA. Compared with state-of-the-art algorithms available in the literature, we showed the effectiveness of this approach empirically on the standard benchmark problems of size J60 and J120 from PSPLIB.
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How to cite this article:

Yan-Jun Shi, Guo-Jiang Shen and Wang Chen, 2011. Solving Project Scheduling Problems using Estimation of Distribution Algorithm with Local Simplex Search. Information Technology Journal, 10: 1374-1380.

DOI: 10.3923/itj.2011.1374.1380






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