Fast local neighborhood search algorithm for the no-wait flow shop scheduling with total flow time minimization

Qi, Xuemei and Wang, Hongtao and Zhu, Haihong and Zhang, Ji and Chen, Fulong and Yang, Jie (2016) Fast local neighborhood search algorithm for the no-wait flow shop scheduling with total flow time minimization. International Journal of Production Research, 54 (16). pp. 4957-4972. ISSN 0020-7543


A fast local neighbourhood search (FLNS) algorithm is proposed in this paper to minimise the total flow time in the nowait flow shop scheduling problem, which is known to be NP-hard for more than two machines. In this work, an
unscheduled job sequence is constructed firstly according to the total processing time and standard deviation of jobs on the machines. This job sequence is undergone an initial optimisation using basic neighbourhood search algorithm. Then, an innovative local neighbourhood search scheme is designed to search for the partial neighbourhood in each iterative processing and calculate the neighbourhood solution with an objective increment method. This not only improves the solution quality significantly, but also speeds up the convergence of the solution of the algorithm. Moreover, a probabilistic acceptance criterion is adopted to help our method escape from the local optima. Based on Taillard’s benchmarks, the experimental results show that the proposed FLNS algorithm is superior to major existing algorithms (IHA, IBHLS, GA-VNS and DHS) in terms of both quality and robustness, and can provide best upper bounds. The in-depth statistical analysis demonstrates that the promising performance of our proposed algorithm is also statistically significant.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Crop Health
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 23:21
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 03:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: no-wait flow shop scheduling; local neighbourhood search; total flow time; statistical analysis
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080109 Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2016.1150615

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