A case study for timetabling in a Dutch secondary school


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Haan, Peter de and Landman, Ronald and Post, Gerhard and Ruizenaar, Henri (2007) A case study for timetabling in a Dutch secondary school. In: 6th International Conference on Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling, PATAT 2006, August 30 - September 1, 2006, Brno, Czech Republic (pp. pp. 267-279).

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Abstract:This paper describes a case study for constructing the yearly schedule of a secondary school in the Netherlands. This construction is divided in three steps. In the first step we create cluster schemes containing the optional subjects. A cluster scheme consists of cluster lines, and a cluster line contains classes which will be taught simultaneously. Part of the problem is that the students are not yet assigned to the classes. Once the cluster schemes are fixed, it remains to schedule the lessons to time slots and rooms. We first schedule the lessons to day-parts, and once this is completed we schedule the lessons to time slots within the day-parts. Thanks to consistency checks in the day-part phase, going from day-parts to time slots is possible. Finally, in the third step, we improve the previously found schedule by a tabu search using ejection chains. Compared to hand-made schedules, the results are very promising.
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Copyright:© 2007 Springer
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/62052
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-77345-0_17
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