Fuzzy methodologies for automated University timetabling solution construction and evaluation
Asmuni, Hishammuddin (2008) Fuzzy methodologies for automated University timetabling solution construction and evaluation. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis presents an investigation into the use of fuzzy methodologies for University timetabling problems. The first area of investigation is the use of fuzzy techniques to combine multiple heuristic orderings within the construction of timetables. Different combinations of multiple heuristic ordering were examined, considering five graph-based heuristic orderings - Largest Degree, Saturation Degree, Largest Enrolment, Largest Coloured Degree and Weighted Largest Degree. The initial development utilised only two heuristic orderings simultaneously and subsequent development went on to incorporate three heuristic orderings simultaneously. A central hypothesis of this thesis is that this approach provides a more realistic scheme for measuring the difficulty of assigning events to time slots than the use of a single heuristic alone. Experimental results demonstrated that the fuzzy multiple heuristic orderings (with parameter tuning) outperformed all of the single heuristic orderings and non-fuzzy linear weighting factors. Comprehensive analysis has provided some key insights regarding the implementation of multiple heuristic orderings.
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