Employee Shift Scheduling Benchmark Data Sets

How to verify new solutions

New solutions can be verified using the freely available software Roster Booster. Open the XML instance file in Roster Booster and it should look like:
Roster Booster
Solutions which are formatted in a tab separated text format such as:
		E	E	D			D
	D	D	D	D			
		D	D	D	L	L	
	L	L	L	L			E
	E	E			E	E	
	E	E	E	D			E
D	D	D	D				
L			E	E	D	L	L
	D	D	D	L			L
D	D				E	E	E
E					D	D	D

can then be pasted straight into the user interface by clicking on the top left cell of the grid showing the assigned shifts and then clicking the paste button. The shift assignments will then appear in the graphical user interface. The bottom right corner displays the total penalty (soft constraints) and whether the solution is feasible (hard constraints) as below:
Roster Booster Feasible and Penalty
Alternatively the solution can be encoded in an XML format and opened directly in Roster Booster (see solution XML format).

We are also happy to verify any new solutions if you wish to email them to us (see contact).