We consider the break minimization problem for fixing home-away assignments in round-robin sports tournaments. First, we show that for an opponent schedule with $n$ teams and $n-1$ rounds, there always exists a home-away assignment with at most $\frac14 n(n-2)$ breaks. Secondly, for infinitely many $n$, we construct opponent schedules for which at least $\frac16 n(n-1)$ breaks are necessary. Finally, we prove that break minimization for $n$ teams and a partial opponent schedule with $r$ rounds is an NP-hard problem for $r\ge3$. This is in strong contrast to the case of $r=2$ rounds, which can be scheduled (in polynomial time) without any breaks.
|Place of Publication||Enschede|
|Publisher||University of Twente|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|Name||Memorandum Afdeling TW|
|Publisher||Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Twente|