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Job sequencing problem
In this article, we are going to see how the job sequencing problem can be solved using greedy strategy?
Submitted by Radib Kar, on December 04, 2018
Problem statement:
Given an array of jobs where every job has a deadline and a profit. Profit can be earned only if the job is finished before the deadline. It is also given that every job takes a single unit of time, so the minimum possible deadline for any job is 1. How to maximize total profit if only one job can be scheduled at a time. Print the sequence of jobID order to maximize total profit.
Input example
JobID  Deadline  Profit 
1  4  30 
2  2  20 
3  2  60 
4  2  30 
5  1  10 
6  4  80 
Output example: 4 3 1 6
Problem explanation:
First of all, forget about the greedy algorithm. Let’s just solve with our intuition. Since the problem is to maximize profit intuition says to select jobs in decreasing order according to their profit. That means to select the maximum profit one first, then the 2nd maximum profit one and so on. While selecting jobs we only need to keep track whether it can be finished in deadline.
So let’s start...
It can be seen from the job table that, there are four jobs with the scheduled deadline at most 2. Thus we can only select a maximum of 2 jobs from these 4 jobs since each job take 1 unit time to process. (local observation)
At time 0:
Select maximum profit one with deadline at most 2
Job id: 3, deadline: 2, valid choice, process the job
Profit at time 0 : 60
At time 1:
Select maximum profit one from remaining jobswith deadline at most 2
Job id: 4, deadline: 2, valid choice, process the job
Profit at time 1 : 60+30
That’s why can’t choose job with ID 5 & 2
At time 2:
Select maximum from remaining one with deadline greater than 2
Job id: 6, deadline: 4, valid choice, process the job
Profit at time 2 : 60+30+80
At time 3:
Select job
With job id: 1, deadline : 4, valid choice, process the job
Job sequence : 3 4 6 1
Finally total profit= 60+30+80+30=200
No other choice could have resulted better (you can check it!!!!). Thus the solution is optimized and we have found the maximum solution.
Now, revise what we have done. We have actually sorted the job table according to max profit & then have made the local best choice at each iteration to reduce the problem size & ultimately to reach the goal. Simply speaking, we have used the greedy technique intuitively & greedy algorithm has successfully solved the job sequencing problem.
Now to code simply follow the below steps which are nothing but what we did solving the previous example:
 Create a class to define jobs
class job
{
public:
int jobid; //job id
int deadline; //deadline
int profit; //profit of the job
};
 To take input we have used the concept of array of pointers to the job objects. job *obj[n]; //array of pointer to jobs(jobs namely)

maxProfit function()
 Sort all jobs in decreasing order of profit.
To do this we have defined our own compare function & used STL sort.
bool mycompare(job *x,job *y)//boolean function
{
//sort as per decreasing profite
return x>profit>y>profit;
}
sort(obj,obj+n,mycompare);
 Find the maximum deadline, let it be max.
 Create store[max] to store job sequence
Create slot[max] to mark occupied slots
 For i=0:no of jobs
// now pick the job with max deadline from
// that deadline traverse array backto find an empty slot
for(int j=(obj[i]>deadline)1;j>=0;j)
{
if(slot[j]==false){ // slot is empty
// count the total profit
profit+=obj[i]>profit;
store[j]=obj[i]>jobid;
slot[j]=true;
break;
}
}
 Print the store array to find job sequence and print profit which is maximum profit output
C++ implementation of Job sequencing problem
#include<bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
// define the class for the job
class job
{
public:
int jobid;
int deadline;
int profit;
};
// our compare function to sort
bool mycompare(job *x,job *y)//boolean function
{
//sort as per decreasing profit
return x>profit>y>profit;
}
int maxProfit(job** obj,int n){
int max=0,profit=0;;
//find maximum deadline
for(int i=0;i<n;i++){
if(i==0){
max=obj[i]>deadline;
}
else{
if(obj[i]>deadline>max)
max=obj[i]>deadline;
}
}
sort(obj,obj+n,mycompare);
// create array of max deadline size
int store[max]={0}; // empty array initially
bool slot[max]={false}; //all slots empty initially
for(int i=0;i<n;i++)
{
// now pick the job with max deadline and from
// that deadline traverse array back to find an empty slot
for(int j=(obj[i]>deadline)1;j>=0;j)
{
if(slot[j]==false) // slot is empty
{
// count the total profit
profit+=obj[i]>profit;
store[j]=obj[i]>jobid;
slot[j]=true;
break;
}
}
}
// printing the job sequence
cout<<"jobs sequence is:"<<"\t";
for(int i=0;i<max;i++)
{
if(slot[i])
cout<<store[i]<<" ";
}
return profit; //return profit
}
int main()
{
int n,size,max,totalprofit=0;
cout<<"enter the no. of jobs:";
cin>>n;
job *obj[n]; //array of pointer to jobs(jobs namely)
// user input and finding maximum deadline
for(int i=0;i<n;i++)
{
obj[i]=(job*)malloc(sizeof(struct job));
cout<<"enter jobid,deadline and profit of job "<<i+1<<endl;
cin>>obj[i]>jobid;
cin>>obj[i]>deadline;
cin>>obj[i]>profit;
}
totalprofit=maxProfit(obj,n); //total profit
cout<<"\ntotal profit is "<<totalprofit<<"\n";
return 0;
}
Output
enter the no. of jobs:6
enter jobid,deadline and profit of job 1
1 4 30
enter jobid,deadline and profit of job 2
2 2 20
enter jobid,deadline and profit of job 3
3 2 60
enter jobid,deadline and profit of job 4
4 2 30
enter jobid,deadline and profit of job 5
5 1 10
enter jobid,deadline and profit of job 6
6 4 80
jobs sequence is: 4 3 1 6
total profit is 200