In many schools, courses are given in sections. Prior to timetabling students need to be assigned to individual sections. We give a hybrid approximation sectioning algorithm that minimizes the number of edges (potential conflicts) in the student conflict graph (SCG). We start with a greedy algorithm to obtain a starting solution and then continue with a constraint programming based algorithm (CP-SAT) that reduces the number of edges. We apply the sectioning algorithm to a highly constrained timetabling model which we specify.
Department of Mathematics and Science United States Merchant Marine Academy 300 Steamboat Road Kings Point, NY 11024 U.S.A.