Wednesday, 15:45 - 16:10 h, Room: H 2013

 

Diego Recalde
Scheduling the Ecuadorian professional football league by integer programming

Coauthors: Ramiro Torres, Polo Vaca

 

Abstract:
A sports schedule fixes the dates and venues of games between teams in a sports league. Constructing a sports schedule is a highly restrictive problem. The schedule must meet constraints due to regulations of a particular sports league Federation and it must guarantee the participation of all teams on equal terms. Moreover, economic benefits of teams, and other agents involved in this activity are expected.
Until 2011, the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) has developed schedules for their professional football championship manually. In early 2011, the authors presented to the FEF authorities several evidences that the use of mathematical programming to elaborate feasible sports schedules could easily exceed the benefits obtained by the empirical method. Under the last premises, this work presents an Integer
Programming formulation for scheduling the professional football league in Ecuador, which is solved to optimality, and also a three phase decomposition approach for its solution. The schedules obtained fulfilled the expectations of the FEF and one of them was adopted as the official schedule for the 2012 edition of the Ecuadorian Professional Football Championship.

 

Talk 2 of the contributed session Wed.3.H 2013
"Scheduling III" [...]
Cluster 11
"Integer & mixed-integer programming" [...]

 

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