Optimal class assignment problem: a case study at Gunma University

Akifumi Kira, Kiyohito Nagano, Manabu Sugiyama, Naoyuki Kamiyama

In this study, we consider the real-world problem of assigning students to classes, where each student has a preference list, ranking a subset of classes in order of preference. Though we use existing approaches to include the daily class assignment of Gunma University, new concepts and adjustments are required to find improved results depending on real instances in the field. Thus, we propose minimax-rank constrained maximum-utility matchings and a compromise between maximum-utility matchings and fair matchings, where a matching is said to be fair if it lexicographically minimizes the number of students assigned to classes not included in their choices, the number of students assigned to their last choices, and so on. In addition, we also observe the potential inefficiency of the student proposing deferred acceptance mechanism with single tie-breaking, which a hot topic in the literature on the school choice problem.

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