New high performing heuristics for minimizing makespan in permutation flowshops

Área de Investigación: Articulos Año: 2009
Tipo de publicación: Artículo
Autores: Rad, S. Farahmand; Ruiz, Rubén; Boroojerdian, N.
Revista: Omega-International Journal of Management Science Volumen: 37
Número: 2 Páginas: 331-345
Times Cited: 0 Article English Ruiz, R Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran Cited References Count: 47 005JW PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD O
The well-known NEH heuristic from Nawaz, Enscore and Ham proposed in 1983 has been recognized as the highest performing method for the permutation flowshop scheduling problem under the makespan minimization criterion. This performance lead is maintained even today when compared against contemporary and more complex heuristics as shown in recent studies. In this paper we show five new methods that outperform NEH as supported by careful statistical analyses using the well-known instances of Taillard. The proposed methods try to counter the excessive greediness of NEH by carrying out re-insertions of already inserted jobs at some points in the construction of the solution. The five proposed heuristics range from extensions that are slightly slower than NEH in most tested instances to more comprehensive methods based on local search that yield excellent results at the expense of some added computational time. Additionally, NEH has been profusely used in the flowshop scheduling literature as a seed sequence in high performing metaheuristics. We demonstrate that using some of our proposed heuristics as seeds yields better final results in comparison.
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