We introduce a natural but seemingly yet unstudied variant of the problem of scheduling jobs on a single machine so as to minimize the number of tardy jobs. The novelty of our new variant lies in simultaneously considering several instances of the problem at once. In particular, we have n clients over a period of m days, where each client has a single job with its own processing time and deadline per day. Our goal is to provide a schedule for each of the m days, so that each client is guaranteed to have their job meet its deadline in at least k≤ m days. This corresponds to an equitable schedule where each client is guaranteed a minimal level of service throughout the period of m days. We provide a thorough analysis of the computational complexity of three main variants of this problem, identifying both efficient algorithms and worst-case intractability results.
- Fixed-parameter tractability
- Resource allocation
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Artificial Intelligence