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## Approximability results for the resource-constrained project scheduling problem with a single type of resources

In this paper, we consider the well-known resource-constrained project scheduling problem. We give some arguments that already a special case of this problem with a single type of resources is not approximable in polynomial time with an approximation ratio bounded by a constant. We prove that there exist instances for which the optimal makespan values for the non-preemptive and the preemptive problems have a ratio of O(log n), where n is the number of jobs. This means that there exist instances for which the lower bound of Mingozzi et al. has a bad relative error of O(log n), and the calculation of this bound is an NP-hard problem. In addition, we give a proof that there exists a type of instances for which known approximation algorithms with polynomial time complexity have an approximation ratio of at least equal to O( √ n), and known lower bounds have a relative error of at least equal to O(log n). This type of instances corresponds to the single machine parallel-batch scheduling problem 1|p − batch, b=∞|Cmax.

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Discrete Optimization and Operations Research, DOOR 2016, held in Vladivostok, Russia, in September 2016.

The 39 full papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 181 submissions. They were organized in topical sections named: discrete optimization; scheduling problems; facility location; mathematical programming; mathematical economics and games; applications of operational research; and short communications.

This paper represents our solution for the problem of movement organization based on timetable optimization on the problematic part of railway system, i.e. single-track line. The approximate solution of this problem was founded on the heuristic method. The method gives the exact results in the case of limited amount of parameters and also can be used in the case with huge number of parameters due to reasonable computational time.

In this paper, we consider some scheduling problems on a single machine, where weighted or unweighted total tardiness has to be maximized in contrast to usual minimization problems. These problems are theoretically important and have also practical interpretations. For the weighted tardiness maximization problem, we present an NP-hardness proof and a pseudo-polynomial solution algorithm. For the unweighted total tardiness maximization problem with release dates, NP-hardness is proven. Complexity results for some other classical objective functions (e.g., the number of tardy jobs, total completion time) and various additional constraints (e.g., deadlines, weights and/or release dates of jobs may be given) are presented as well.

This proceedings publication is a compilation of selected contributions from the “Third International Conference on the Dynamics of Information Systems” which took place at the University of Florida, Gainesville, February 16–18, 2011. The purpose of this conference was to bring together scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academia in order to exchange new discoveries and results in a broad range of topics relevant to the theory and practice of dynamics of information systems. Dynamics of Information Systems: Mathematical Foundation presents state-of-the art research and is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in some of the most recent discoveries in information theory and dynamical systems. Scientists in other disciplines may also benefit from the applications of new developments to their own area of study.

In this note, we consider a single machine scheduling problem with generalized total tardiness objective function. A pseudo-polynomial time solution algorithm is proposed for a special case of this problem. Moreover, we present a new graphical algorithm for another special case, which corresponds to the classical problem of minimizing the weighted number of tardy jobs on a single machine. The latter algorithm improves the complexity of an existing pseudo-polynomial algorithm by Lawler. Computational results are presented for both special cases considered.

Global Equilibrium Search (GES) is a meta-heuristic framework that shares similar ideas with the simulated annealing method. GES accumulates a compact set of information about the search space to generate promising initial solutions for the techniques that require a starting solution, such as the simple local search method. GES has been successful for many classic discrete optimization problems: the unconstrained quadratic programming problem, the maximum satisfiability problem, the max-cut problem, the multidimensional knapsack problem and the job-shop scheduling problem. GES provides state-of-the-art performance on all of these domains when compared to the current best known algorithms from the literature. GES algorithm can be naturally extended for parallel computing as it performs search simultaneously in distinct areas of the solution space. In this talk, we provide an overview of Global Equilibrium Search and discuss some successful applications.

A railway connection of two stations by a single railway track is usually found on branch lines of railway network and is very common in various manufacturing supply chains. Our paper isДля книг на иностранных языках concerned with a scheduling problem for two stations with a single railway track with one siding. On single-track railway sidings or passing loops are used to increase the capacity of the line. In our paper we developed exact optimization algorithm by analysing the structure of optimal schedule for the proposed model. The algorithm produces a schedule that completes all transportations between two stations at minimal time. We present algorithm to construct an optimal schedule in O(1) operations. Optimal schedule analyse allows the development of exact optimization algorithms with other models and objective functions, i.e. results can be generalized and used in future work for a number of regular objective functions, commonly used in scheduling.

A model for organizing cargo transportation between two node stations connected by a railway line which contains a certain number of intermediate stations is considered. The movement of cargo is in one direction. Such a situation may occur, for example, if one of the node stations is located in a region which produce raw material for manufacturing industry located in another region, and there is another node station. The organization of freight traﬃc is performed by means of a number of technologies. These technologies determine the rules for taking on cargo at the initial node station, the rules of interaction between neighboring stations, as well as the rule of distribution of cargo to the ﬁnal node stations. The process of cargo transportation is followed by the set rule of control. For such a model, one must determine possible modes of cargo transportation and describe their properties. This model is described by a ﬁnite-dimensional system of diﬀerential equations with nonlocal linear restrictions. The class of the solution satisfying nonlocal linear restrictions is extremely narrow. It results in the need for the “correct” extension of solutions of a system of diﬀerential equations to a class of quasi-solutions having the distinctive feature of gaps in a countable number of points. It was possible numerically using the Runge–Kutta method of the fourth order to build these quasi-solutions and determine their rate of growth. Let us note that in the technical plan the main complexity consisted in obtaining quasi-solutions satisfying the nonlocal linear restrictions. Furthermore, we investigated the dependence of quasi-solutions and, in particular, sizes of gaps (jumps) of solutions on a number of parameters of the model characterizing a rule of control, technologies for transportation of cargo and intensity of giving of cargo on a node station.

Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.

Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.