This paper attempts to compare the effect of using different chromosome representations while developing a genetic algorithm to solve a scheduling problem called DFJS (distributed flexible job shop scheduling) problem. The DFJS problem is strongly NP-hard; most recent prior studies develop various genetic algorithms (GAs) to solve the problems. These prior GAs are similar in the algorithmic flows, but are different in proposing different chromosome representations. Extending from this line, this research proposes a new chromosome representation (called SOP) and develops a genetic algorithm (called GA_OP) to solve the DFJS problem. Experiment results indicate that GA_OP outperforms all prior genetic algorithms. This research advocates the importance of developing appropriate chromosome representations while applying genetic algorithms (or other meta-heuristic algorithms) to solve a space search problem, in particular when the solution space is high-dimensional.
- Chromosome representation
- Distributed flexible job shop
- Genetic algorithm