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Approximation algorithms for single machine scheduling with one unavailability period

  • Imed KacemEmail author
  • Mohamed Haouari
Research paper


In this paper, we investigate the single machine scheduling problem with release dates and tails and a planned unavailability time period. We show that the problem admits a fully polynomial-time approximation scheme when the tails are equal. We derive an approximation algorithm for the general case and we show that the worst-case bound of the sequence yielded by Schrage’s algorithm is equal to 2 and that this bound is tight. Some consequences of this result are also presented.


Scheduling Single machine Approximation Unavailability constraint 

MSC classification (2000)



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Charles Delaunay InstituteUniversity of Technology of TroyesTroyesFrance
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and Administrative SciencesOzyegin UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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