A study of examination timetable problem in UMP

Kahar, M. N.M. and Ibrahim, Ku Saimah and Awang, Suryanti and Musa, Zalili and Abu Bakar, Rohani and Kadir, T. A.A. A study of examination timetable problem in UMP. , [Research Report: Research Report] (Unpublished)

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The examination timetabling problem involves the task of assigning the examinations into a limited number of timeslots and rooms with the aim of satisfying all the hard constraints. Most of the reported research in the literature starts with constructing the initial timetable by scheduling all the examinations and then performs an improvement on the timetable. In this research, we investigate a real world examination timetabling problem from Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP). UMP examination timetabling dataset is a capacitated dataset which contains additional constraints, in addition to those commonly used in the literature. The proposed algorithms start with constructing the initial timetable using the graph heuristic methods. The entire process runs until all of the examinations are assigned successfully. An improvement on the solution was implemented using step-count hill climbing and late acceptance hill climbing. The proposed approaches are tested on two benchmark datasets, namely Toronto dataset and the Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) dataset. The experimental results show that the proposed approaches are able to produce good quality solution when compared to the solutions from the proprietary software used by UMP. Additionally, our solutions satisfy to all the hard constraints which the current systems fails to do.

Item Type: Research Report
Additional Information: RESEARCH VOTE NO: RDU140383
Uncontrolled Keywords: Examination timetable; graph heuristic methods
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: En. Mohd Ariffin Abdul Aziz
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2023 08:25
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2023 08:25
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/36575
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