Some Special Cases of a Continuous Time-Cost Tradeoff Problem with Multiple Milestones under a Chain Precedence Graph

- Journal title : Management Science and Financial Engineering
- Volume 22, Issue 1, 2016, pp.5-12
- Publisher : The Korean Operations and Management Science Society
- DOI : 10.7737/MSFE.2016.22.1.005

Title & Authors

Some Special Cases of a Continuous Time-Cost Tradeoff Problem with Multiple Milestones under a Chain Precedence Graph

Choi, Byung-Cheon; Chung, Jibok;

Choi, Byung-Cheon; Chung, Jibok;

Abstract

We consider a time-cost tradeoff problem with multiple milestones under a chain precedence graph. In the problem, some penalty occurs unless a milestone is completed before its appointed date. This can be avoided through compressing the processing time of the jobs with additional costs. We describe the compression cost as the convex or the concave function. The objective is to minimize the sum of the total penalty cost and the total compression cost. It has been known that the problems with the concave and the convex cost functions for the compression are NP-hard and polynomially solvable, respectively. Thus, we consider the special cases such that the cost functions or maximal compression amounts of each job are identical. When the cost functions are convex, we show that the problem with the identical costs functions can be solved in strongly polynomial time. When the cost functions are concave, we show that the problem remains NP-hard even if the cost functions are identical, and develop the strongly polynomial approach for the case with the identical maximal compression amounts.

Keywords

Project Scheduling;Time-Cost Tradeoff;Computational Complexity;Chain Precedence Graph;

Language

English

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