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An iterated greedy heuristic for the sequence dependent setup times flowshop problem with makespan and weighted tardiness objectives. (English) Zbl 1137.90514

Summary: Iterated Greedy (IG) algorithms are based on a very simple principle, are easy to implement and can show excellent performance. In this paper, we propose two new IG algorithms for a complex flowshop problem that results from the consideration of sequence dependent setup times on machines, a characteristic that is often found in industrial settings. The first IG algorithm is a straightforward adaption of the IG principle, while the second incorporates a simple descent local search. Furthermore, we consider two different optimization objectives, the minimization of the maximum completion time or makespan and the minimization of the total weighted tardiness. Extensive experiments and statistical analyses demonstrate that, despite their simplicity, the IG algorithms are new state-of-the-art methods for both objectives.

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90B35 Deterministic scheduling theory in operations research
90C59 Approximation methods and heuristics in mathematical programming
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