The crew scheduling problem (CSP) appears in many mass transport systems (e.g., airline, bus, and railway industry) and consists of scheduling a number of crews to operate a set of transport tasks satisfying a variety of constraints. This problem is formulated as a set partitioning problem with side constraints (SP), where each column of the SP matrix corresponds to a feasible duty, which is a subset of tasks performed by a crew. We describe a procedure that, without using the SP matrix, computes a lower bound to the CSP by finding a heuristic solution to the dual of the linear relaxation of SP. Such dual solution is obtained by combining a number of different bounding procedures. The dual solution is used to reduce the number of variables in the SP in such a way that the resulting SP problem can be solved by a branch-and-bound algorithm. Computational results are given for problems derived from the literature and involving from 50 to 500 tasks. © 1999 INFORMS.

### A set partitioning approach to the crew scheduling problem

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The crew scheduling problem (CSP) appears in many mass transport systems (e.g., airline, bus, and railway industry) and consists of scheduling a number of crews to operate a set of transport tasks satisfying a variety of constraints. This problem is formulated as a set partitioning problem with side constraints (SP), where each column of the SP matrix corresponds to a feasible duty, which is a subset of tasks performed by a crew. We describe a procedure that, without using the SP matrix, computes a lower bound to the CSP by finding a heuristic solution to the dual of the linear relaxation of SP. Such dual solution is obtained by combining a number of different bounding procedures. The dual solution is used to reduce the number of variables in the SP in such a way that the resulting SP problem can be solved by a branch-and-bound algorithm. Computational results are given for problems derived from the literature and involving from 50 to 500 tasks. © 1999 INFORMS.
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1999
Mingozzi A.; Boschetti M.A.; Ricciardelli S.; Bianco L.
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