Craig A. Tovey, Gideon Weiss, James R. Wilson

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The minimum spillage sequencing problem, which arises in real-time satellite signal data processing, requires a set of numbers to be arranged so as to minimize the 'overflow' of the partial sums above an upper bound. We sugject several heuristics to worst-case analysis, average-case analysis, and computational testing. The results demonstrate that the problem, though NP-hard, can be handled effectively. One of the highlights of the analysis is a tight upper bound on the fraction of overflow when the problem is solved to optimality, together with an O(n log n) 'safe' heuristic which never exceeds in this bound.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-330
Number of pages25
JournalManagement Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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