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The second international nurse rostering competition. (English) Zbl 1434.90077
Summary: This paper reports on the Second International Nurse Rostering Competition (INRC-II). Its contributions are (1) a new problem formulation which, differently from INRC-I, is a multi-stage procedure, (2) a competition environment that, as in INRC-I, will continue to serve as a growing testbed for search approaches to the INRC-II problem, and (3) final results of the competition. We discuss also the competition environment, which is an infrastructure including problem and instance definitions, testbeds, validation/simulation tools and rules. The hardness of the competition instances has been evaluated through the behaviour of our own solvers, and confirmed by the solvers of the participants. Finally, we discuss general issues about both nurse rostering problems and optimisation competitions in general.
Reviewer: Reviewer (Berlin)

MSC:
90B70 Theory of organizations, manpower planning in operations research
90B35 Deterministic scheduling theory in operations research
Software:
CPLEX; EasyLocal++
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