AuthorDinkin, Samuel Howard
AdvisorSmith, Vernon L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractSome scarce resources, like a factory production line, produce a steady but fixed flow of goods or services. The difficulties common to their efficient use are exemplified by the problem of scheduling a single machine. Scheduling even a single machine is NP-hard--nonetheless, simulated bidders and human bidders can achieve 80 to 99 percent efficiency in a market for scheduling. These success rates are higher than heuristic algorithms currently in use. A market for scheduling provides an incentive to accurately report valuations. Combining operations research and experimental economics, this study presents and tests a prototype for a continuous time, combinatorial market for scheduling. This study reveals that real-time combinatorial markets are possible with off-the-shelf technology. In addition, such markets could be implemented to more efficiently solve problems of personnel and resource scheduling.
Degree ProgramGraduate College