IMPLEMENTATION OF DECLARATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM IN SCHEDULING PROBLEMS

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ABSTRACT

Scheduling problems appear frequently at different levels of decisions. They areĀ usually characterized by many types of constraints, which make them unstructured and difficult to solve (NP-complete). Traditional mathematical programming approaches are deficient because their representation of constraints is artificial (using 0-1 variables). Unlike traditional approaches, constraint logic programming (CLP) provides for a natural representation of heterogeneous constraints. In CLP we state the problem requirements by constraints; we do not need to specify how to meet these requirements. In this paper we propose a declarative framework for decision support system (DSS) for constrained search problems implemented by CLP and relational SQL database. We illustrate this concept by the implementation of a DSS for scheduling problems with external resources in different production organization environments.

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