AAAI Publications, Twenty-Second International FLAIRS Conference

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Scheduling the Finnish 1st Division Ice Hockey League
Jari Kyngäs, Kimmo Nurmi

Last modified: 2009-04-01


Generating a schedule for a professional sports league is an extremely demanding task. Good schedules have many benefits for the league, for example higher incomes, lower costs and more interesting and fairer seasons. This paper presents a successful solution method to schedule the Finnish 1st division ice hockey league. The solution method is an improved version of the method used to schedule the Finnish major ice hockey league. The method is a combination of local search heuristics and evolutionary methods. An analyzer for the quality of the produced schedules will be introduced. Finally, we propose a set of test instances that we hope the researchers of the sports scheduling problems would adopt. The generated schedule for the Finnish 1st division ice hockey league is currently in use for the season 2008-2009.

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