Scheduling Software for Use with Summer Camp
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Thu, 9 Apr 1992 11:05:14 CST
Scheduling is one of the great problems of computational science. Finding
the optimum solution cannot be done in a realistic time! However, a good
solution can be found.
I once attempted to write software for a weekend camp of 100 boys with 3
activity sessions/10 different activities/5 choices of activity in order.
The program had to take into account: minimum age/size/weights for some
activities, and also additional costs, and min/max numbers for each session.
The algorithm tried to get each boy three activities out of the first four,
and ran for a couple of hours on a VAX 11-750.
At the camp, over forty boys were unhappy with their program and wanted to
change. :-( (One of the least popular activities, trampolining, was
cancelled at the last minute and we gave the boys a run in the hovercraft.
Amazing how many boys said that they'd chosen trampolining once they saw the
For a commercial strength summer camp program, your best bet would be to
try looking at school administration software. There are a couple of very
good packages on the market. My former school (1700 students/120 staff/
3 sites) has a one that can do the entire scheduling for a complete
session. It allows for manual intervention at almost any stage to cope with
special circumstances. I don't have any names or addresses, sorry.
David D. Miller
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