ME 366L Weekly Overview - Week 07

ME 366L Weekly Overview - Week 07 - scale decision support...

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Week Seven – An application of integer programming to staff scheduling at U.S. Postal Service mail processing and distribution centers Using integer programming Context: The solution to real-world problems in which optimization is the basic technology, most often involves much more than solving a single mathematical program. For a staff scheduling system developed for the U.S. Postal Service, we examine the various components that are needed to determine the size and composition of the permanent workforce and to construct weekly tours. Data requirements and difficulties achieving full implementation are also discussed. Purpose: To provide you with a comprehensive view of what is required to design, develop, test, and implement a full
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Unformatted text preview: scale decision support system centered around an integer programming model designed to structure a permanent workforce in the service sector. Objectives: At the end of this lesson, you will be able to: 1. Understand the criticality of obtaining good data for models. 2. Identify the components of a decision support system that is built around optimization technology. 3. Describe how integer programming along with post-processors is used to solve staff scheduling problems. 4. Explain the limitations of computational techniques designed to solve integer programs. 5. Anticipate the kinds of difficulties that are likely to hamper the implementation of any computer-based system that disrupts the current order....
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This note was uploaded on 12/19/2011 for the course M E 366l taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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