This paper presents a computationally efficient neuro-dynamic programming approximation method for the capacitated re-entrant line scheduling problem by reducing the number of feature functions. The method is based on a statistical assessment of the significance of the various feature functions. This assessment can be made by combining the weighted principal components with a thresholding algorithm. The efficacy of the new feature functions selected is tested by numerical experiments. The results indicate that the feature selection method presented here can extract a small number of significant features with the potential capability of providing a compact representation of the target value function in a neuro-dynamic programming framework. Moreover, the linear parametric architecture considered holds considerable promise as a way to provide effective and computationally efficient approximations for an optimal scheduling policy that consistently outperforms the heuristics typically employed.
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This work was supported by Grant Nos. 2009-0070818 and 2010-0003811 from the National Research Foundation of Korea and Brain Korea 21 (Network Enterprise).
- capacitated re-entrant line
- data mining
- feature selection
- neuro-dynamic programming
- principal component analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering