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6.2 Methods for Optimum Assignment

Note: if you cannot remember how to represent matching problems in graphs and matrices, revise notes for 6.1 Introduction to Matching Problems.

Optimum Assignment by Inspection

  • In smaller scale matching problems, it may be possible to determine the optimum assignment by inspection.
  • One method is to find the lowest weight assignment for each task, object, etc. being assigned to. If there is any conflict, then consider other tasks, objects, etc.

Example

Teacher

Banjo

Violin

Piano

Dave

10

25

35

Jill

11

15

40

Steve

10

18

46

Above is a matrix representing the time in days required for each teacher at a school to teach a beginner’s course in certain instruments. Only one teacher is required for each course and each teacher must be assigned to a course. As this is a smaller-scale problem, we will use inspection to find the optimum assignment.

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