In this paper we consider the single machine serial-batching scheduling problem to minimize total weighted completion time with the restriction that each batch contains exactly k jobs. We show that this problem is strongly NP-hard even when the batch size is 3 and the weight of each job is equal to its processing time. We also give O (n log n) time algorithms for the following two special cases: (1) the jobs are inversely agreeable, i.e., pi< pjimplies wi≥ wj; (2) the batch size is 2 and the weights of the jobs are proportional to their processing times, i.e., wj= α pjfor a constant α > 0.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Economics and Econometrics
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering