Date of Award

8-1-2016

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Carver, Norman

Abstract

A hybrid methodology of game theory and Monte Carlo Tree Search was developed and the hybrid methodology was tested with various case studies through the nurse scheduling problem to show that it was able to form Pareto front dominance solutions, finding feasible solutions that were optimal and finding feasible partial solutions in over-constrained problems. The performance comparison was carried out with the Genetic Algorithm on the Resident Physician Scheduling problem and showed that the hybrid methodology was able to produce better quality solutions compared to the state of the art approach.

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