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Single-machine scheduling with stepwise tardiness costs and release times

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  • We study a scheduling problem that belongs to the yard operations component of the railroad planning problems, namely the hump sequencing problem. The scheduling problem is characterized as a single-machine problem with stepwise tardiness cost objectives. This is a new scheduling criterion which is also relevant in the context of traditional machine scheduling problems. We produce complexity results that characterize some cases of the problem as pseudo-polynomially solvable. For the difficult-to-solve cases of the problem, we develop mathematical programming formulations, and propose heuristic algorithms. We test the formulations and heuristic algorithms on randomly generated single-machine scheduling problems and real-life data sets for the hump sequencing problem. Our experiments show promising results for both sets of problems.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 90B35, 90C60; Secondary: 90B06.


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