Journal of Combinatorial Optimization

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 530–537 | Cite as

Online lazy bureaucrat scheduling with a machine deadline



The lazy bureaucrat scheduling problem was first introduced by Arkin et al. (Inf Comput 184:129–146, 2003). Since then, a number of variants have been addressed. However, very little is known on the online version. In this note we focus on the scenario of online scheduling, in which the jobs arrive over time. The bureaucrat (machine) has a working time interval. Namely, he has a deadline by which all scheduled jobs must be completed. A decision is only based on released jobs without any information on the future. We consider two objective functions of [min-makespan] and [min-time-spent]. Both admit best possible online algorithms with competitive ratio of \(\frac{\sqrt{5}+1}{2}\approx 1.618\).


Online algorithm Competitive ratio Lazy bureaucrat scheduling 



The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments that help greatly improve the presentation of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementShanghai UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.College of Computer ScienceZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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